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Houston Texans open as significant favorites against Jets in Week 14


Denver Broncos v Houston Texans
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And this is a road game, too!

It may have escaped the notice of the average Houston Texans fan that the team has a 7-5 record going into the last five games of the season. Okay, that part I’m sure even the most basic Texans fan would notice. But if you haven’t been paying attention the last two years, and why the hell would you, it’s also true that this year’s Texans team has already matched their win total from the last two years combined.

That’s not saying a ton for the Texans of the past, but it speaks volumes for how much of a turnaround this has been; going from one of the worst years of Texans football I’ve ever seen to this wondrous, and more importantly, fun, season that may extend beyond week 18 if the Texans play their cards right.

And who do they play their next card against? The utterly snakebit New York Jets.

Now, you might be wondering what the point spread is for the game right now, fresh off the Texans’ 22-17 win over the Denver Broncos, especially with it being a road game.

Well hold on to y’all’s hats.

A six point spread is huge, especially since it’s a road game as home teams get a couple of points thrown their way on account of home field advantage.

Opening Odds for Week 14


FAVORED: Houston Texans (-6)
UNDERDOG: New York Jets (+6)

Note: For those of you who aren’t aware of the meaning, the points are a handicap system. So in this case, imagine the game and before the kickoff even happens, someone has spotted the Jets 6 points.

So basically a point line, in this case, is giving the Jets a 6-0 head start. And the Texans have to win by at least seven points to beat the spread. If they beat the Jets by five or fewer points, the Jets win the bet. Since the line is six points, if the Jets lose by six points, then the bet would be a push, or a tie.

Over/Under: 37

Note: This one is pretty straightforward. You decide whether you think the total combined score will be more or less than 37 points.


Houston Texans (-270)
New York Jets (+220)

Note: This one is a little more complicated. The best way to imagine it is if you have $100 to bet initially. If you bet your $100 on the Jets and they win the game, you get $320 (your initial $100, plus the $220 from the win). If you take the Texans moneyline, you have to bet $270 to win $100 for a total of $370 ($270 initial bet, plus the $100 you get from the win).

For entertainment purposes only. Please do not take financial advice from a football blog.

Go Texans.

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