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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans - 9/14/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Texans (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

NFL Football: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)

The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -3.5 -- Over/Under: 38.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NFL

The Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals meet Thursday in NFL action at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Houston Texans could use a bounce back victory after losing their season opener to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 29-7. The Houston Texans have lost six of their last eight road games. Deshaun Watson is completing 52.2 percent of his passes for 102 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Watson and Tom Savage have combined for 164 passing yards this season. DeAndre Hopkins and C.J. Fiedorowicz have combined for 101 receiving yards and one touchdown while Lamar Miller has two receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 93 yards per contest, and Miller leads the way with 65 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, Houston is allowing 29 points and 280 yards per game. Benardrick McKinney leads the Houston Texans with nine tackles, Andre Hal has one tackle for loss and Johnathan Joseph has two pass deflections. 

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans - 9/14/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Bengals also need a win after losing their season opener to the Baltimore Ravens, 0-20. The Cincinnati Bengals have lost three of their last five home games. Andy Dalton is completing 51.6 percent of his passes for 170 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions. Dalton has thrown six interceptions in his last four games. A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard have combined for 113 receiving yards on six catches while Brandon LaFell has three receptions. The Cincinnati Bengals ground game is averaging 77 yards per contest, and Bernard leads the way with 40 yards on seven carries. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 20 points and 268 yards per game. Vincent Rey leads the Cincinnati Bengals with 11 tackles, Geno Atkins has one sack and Nick Vigil has one interception.

The Texans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bengals are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games in September and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 2. The Texans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Cincinnati, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

Both of these teams are coming off rough season openers, as the Texans fell flat on their face at home despite a crowd showing up and an emotional pregame as the city still recovers from Hurricane Harvey. The Bengals couldn't score a single point and their quarterback threw the game away with every turn. Good luck picking this game based on both showings and the fact they have short rest to prepare. I'm going to side with the Bengals because Dalton can't possibly play any worse and the Texans are still trying to find a QB after flipflopping last week. I expect the Bengals to play better and find a win at home. The Texans can't improve much until Savage or Watson prove they're worthy of leading the offense.

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