Houston Texans (4-2) at Denver Broncos (4-2)
|Date & Time||Monday October 24, 2016, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Denver Broncos -6.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5
In the Week 7 edition of “Monday Night Football” on October 24, the Houston Texans will head to Sports Authority Field to visit the Denver Broncos.
Houston enters this game at 4-2 after a stunning 26-23 overtime win over the Colts on Sunday. The Texans were down 14 with three minutes left, but found a way to close the gap and win in the extra period. Houston QB Brock Osweiler (who is a former Bronco himself) went 25-of-39 for 269 yards and two touchdowns, while Lamar Miller led the rushing attack on 24 carries for 149 yards and a score. CJ Fiedorowicz was tops in the Texans receiving game with six catches for 85 yards and a TD.
So far this year, Osweiler has given Houston a 134-of-227 line for 1402 yards and eight touchdowns with eight interceptions, and Miller is sitting on 520 yards and a TD on 125 carries. DeAndre Hopkins leads the Texans in receiving with 31 catches for 354 yards and three scores.
Over on the Broncos’ side, they’re 4-2 following a 21-13 loss in San Diego this past Thursday. Denver’s offense was pretty stagnant in that one, as the team was down 19-3 entering the fourth quarter. Broncos QB Trevor Siemian managed a 30-of-50 line for 230 yards and a TD here, while Devontae Booker logged five carries for 46 yards to lead the ground game. Emmanuel Sanders led the Denver receivers with four catches for 40 yards.
On the season, Siemian is 98-of-151 for 1054 yards and seven touchdowns, and CJ Anderson leads the pack in rushing with 330 yards on 94 attempts with three scores. Demaryius Thomas is the Broncos’ lead receiver with 31 catches for 416 yards and three TDs.
The Texans are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games on grass, and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss. Houston is also 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 1-7 ATS in their last eight Monday games.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six home games, and 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games overall. Denver is also 1-6-1 in their last eight Monday games, and 5-2-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
All due respect to the Texans offense, but Osweiler has been pretty bad this year. He’s been missing a lot of throws and grossly underusing Hopkins. On the Denver side, they’ve got a defense that has allowed 23 points or fewer in every game this year but their offense has been pretty underwhelming as well. Still, I’ll take the Broncos for the win here, as I don’t think Osweiler has the goods to contend with that defense.