Preseason: Los Angeles Rams vs Houston Texans 8/19/22 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Houston Texans (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
August 19, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Rams +3 / Houston Texans -3 ; Over/Under: 37.5
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The Los Angeles Rams and Houston Texans clash Friday night in week 2 of NFL preseason action at SoFi Stadium. The Houston Texans are coming off a preseason win over the Saints. The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a preseason win over the Chargers.

The Houston Texans have won 3 of their last 4 preseason games. The Texans racked up 17 points and 275 yards while allowing 13 points and 270 yards. In the winning effort, Jeff Driskel threw for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Davis Mills completed 3 of 3 passes. Dameon Pierce led the Texans with 49 rushing yards on 5 carries, while Jalen Camp and Johnny Johnson III combined for 78 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Jalen Reeves-Maybin led the Texans with 7 tackles, Derek Rivers had 2 sacks and Tremon Smith had 1 interception.

The Los Angeles Rams have split their last 6 preseason games. The Rams racked up 29 points and 232 yards while allowing 22 points and 312 yards. In the winning effort, Bryce Perkins threw for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 10 of 17 passes. Perkins also led the Rams with 39 rushing yards and 1 touchdown, while Lance McCutcheon and Austin Trammell combined for 114 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Jake Hummel led the Rams with 10 tackles, Bobby Brown III had 1 sack and Dan Isom had 1 interception.

The Texans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. The over is 4-1 in Texans last 5 games overall. The under is 20-7 in Rams last 27 home games. The Texans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The Los Angeles Rams know what they have in terms of their starting depth chart, so I expect them to continue to be cautious with their key players. The Houston Texans are still in a rebuilding stage and that leaves playing time on the table across the board and usually produces better results in these meaningless games. The Texans actually played well on both sides of the ball in their preseason opener. I have to lean toward the Texans and the cheap number, as these exhibitions are more important to their progress.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Houston Texans -3
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