Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) at Houston Texans (4-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 2, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Houston Texans +2.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5
The Houston Texans and the Philadelphia Eagles face off on Sunday at Reliant Stadium in a Week 9 NFL game between playoff hopefuls.
The Houston Texans are 4-4 as they rebound from last year’s awful season. The Texans are coming off of a dominating performance smashing the Titans. The Texans offense is averaging 23.1 points and 352.5 yards per game and they have a plus four turnover ratio. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t been a top QB but he has been serviceable completing 63.4 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions while being sacked 16 times. Arian Foster is having a solid comeback season rushing for 766 yards and seven touchdowns and Andre Johnson has 46 receptions and DeAndre Hopkins has 36 catches. Defensively the Texans allow 20.8 points and 379.6 yards per game with the points allowed being 8th best in the NFL. J.J. Watt is the leader of the Texans defense with seven sacksand Brian Cushing and Jonathan Joseph have 50 tackles each. The Texans are hoping with a strong second half they can get back to the playoffs.
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off of their second loss of the season and they sit in second place in the NFC East. The Eagles high flying offense is fourth in the NFL in average points per game with 29 and fifth in average yards with 398.7 but they are a minus seven in turnover ratio. QB Nick Foles has completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns but he has nine interceptions. LeSean McCoy leads the Philadelphia running game with 505 yards and he has 19 receptions and Jeremy Maclin is the Eagles top receiver with 39 catches and six touchdowns and Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews have 29 catches each. The Eagles defense is allowing 22.3 points per game and 383.6 yards ranking 26th in the NFL against the run and 21st against the pass. DeMeco Ryans has 39 tackles, Connor Barwin has six sacks, and Malcolm Jenkins has all three Eagles interceptions. Despite just two losses the Eagles will need to play better over the second half of the year if they hope to be a playoff team.
Houston is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 home games, 2-7 against the spread following a win, and 2-10 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Philadelphia is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, and 10-21-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread.
Houston is a mild dog here but Philadelphia turns the ball over too much to be the choice on the road against an opportunistic team so my pick is the Texans.