Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles - 12/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles - 12/23/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans (10-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)

The Line: Philadelphia Eagles -1.5 -- Over/Under: 46 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles meet Sunday in NFL action at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Houston Texans look to inch closer to a top-two seed in the AFC with their 11th victory of the season. The Houston Texans have won five straight road games. Deshaun Watson is completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,592 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Watson has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 19 games. DeAndre Hopkins and Keke Coutee have combined for 1,603 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Ryan Griffin has 21 receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 130.4 yards per contest, and Lamar Miller leads the way with 917 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 20.1 points and 346.6 yards per game. Benardrick McKinney leads the Houston Texans with 96 tackles, J.J. Watt has 14.5 sacks and Justin Reid has three interceptions.


The Philadelphia Eagles need a win here to get a game above a .500 record and remain in the NFC playoff conversation. The Philadelphia Eagles have split their last six home games. Carson Wentz is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wentz and Nick Foles have combined for 22 touchdown passes and nine interceptions this season. Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery have combined for 1,740 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Nelson Agholor has 54 receptions. The Philadelphia Eagles ground game is averaging 98.9 yards per contest, and Josh Adams leads the way with 440 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Philadelphia is allowing 22.7 points and 385.6 yards per game. Malcolm Jenkins leads the Philadelphia Eagles with 88 tackles, Michael Bennett has eight sacks and Rasul Douglas has two interceptions.

The Texans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games in December and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Eagles last 7 home games. The under is 23-9 in Texans last 32 games in December. The under is 5-2 in Eagles last 7 games on grass.

The Houston Texans remain one of the hotter teams in the league with wins in 10 of their last 11 games, and six of their last eight victories have been decided by seven or more points. The Philadelphia Eagles are playing their best ball of the season with wins in three of their last four games, and they're fresh off one of the biggest upsets of the season, beating the Los Angeles Rams as two-touchdown underdogs. The Houston Texans have failed to cover six of their last nine games as an underdog of any kind. The Philadelphia Eagles have failed to cover nine of their last 12 games as a favorite of any kind. This is obviously a big game for both teams, as the Texans need to hold off the New England Patriots for the second seed, and the Eagles need to win out to have a shot at a wild card berth. The bottom line is we're getting free points with the better, more consistent team. Give me the Texans.


Randy’s Pick Houston Texans +1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.