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Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/28/14

San Francisco 49ers (1-2) at Houston Texans (2-1)

NFL Football: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm (NRG Stadium)

The Line: Houston Texans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 39.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NFL HD

The Forty Niners rate fresh off their first win of the preseason this past weekend, and now the Niners head to Houston on Thursday to face off against the Texans. 

The Houston Texans are 2-1 this preseason, following a win last week against the Denver Broncos 18-17.  The Texans starting defensive unit looked solid against Manning and the Broncos, and even once the number 2’s came in for Houston, they held their own against Osweiller and company.  J.J. Watt was only on the field for a handful of plays against the Broncos, and with a talent like that, who can blame them for wanting to keep him fresh and healthy.  Tom Savage put up the best numbers of all three quarterbacks for the Texans, completing 5/6 and a score.  I don’t know how much we’ll see of the starters on Thursday against the Niners, but the number two’s for the Texans look capable of handling themselves alright.

Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/28/14

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The San Francisco 49ers got a win for the first time this preseason on Sunday (who really cares).  The Forty Niners starting offense has looked sluggish and out of sync all preseason, and while there was a nice drive put on by Kap in the second quarter, it once again ended in three points.  Blaine Gabbert has been the laughing stock of the preseason this year around the league, and while he is far from a polished quarterback, he did look more comfortable in this game - albeit against the reserves of the Chargers.  San Francisco’s defense played better as well on Sunday, and while the reserves will again see the majority of the playing time here, rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch looked like a stud, and first round pick Jimmy Ward also made some plays, both of which should see ample playing time against the Texans.

I rarely make a play in the preseason, and personally I never do anything on the fourth game.  At the current number I’m just going to take the value side here in what should be a coin-toss.

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Houston +3.5

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