Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

January 4, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Two teams with major quarterback issues will square off Saturday when the Houston Texans (9-7) host the Oakland Raiders (12-4) as small home favorites in the first AFC Wild Card Game. According to Houston's Twitter feed, coach Bill O'Brien decided to go back to former starter Brock Osweiler under center, while the Raiders have yet to confirm whether Matt McGloin or rookie Connor Cook will start.
Point spread: The Texans opened as 1.5-point favorites; the total was 36.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark (line updates and matchup report).
NFL pick, via OddsShark computer: 26.8-13.8 Texans (NFL picks on every game)
Why the Raiders can cover the spread
The Raiders have the better overall team in this playoff matchup despite losing a legit NFL MVP candidate in quarterback Derek Carr, which played ...

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