The Houston Texans have been a bit of a disappointment this season, while the Oakland Raiders have been a pleasant surprise. These two teams are scheduled to meet up for a Week 8 showdown Sunday in Houston.
Houston comes into this game with a record of 4-3, but it has fallen to second place in the AFC South Division. The Texans had won four of their previous five games before a loss in Week 7, but they need more consistency.
Oakland had won two straight games before a loss in Week 7, and it has been impressive all season. The Raiders are 3-3 on the season and are still in the playoff race.
BetAnySports lists the Houston Texans as seven-point favorites in this matchup against the Oakland Raiders.
Raiders at Texans Overview
Oakland selected Josh Jacobs in the first round of the NFL Draft, and the running back has been putting up huge numbers for this team. Jacobs has run for over 550 yards so far this season and has the Raiders averaging 137.8 rushing yards per game.
Quarterback Derek Carr could still improve for this team, but the Raiders’ offense has been solid. The Raiders’ defense has given up 27.5 points per game, including 42 points in the loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson has thrown for over 1,900 yards already this season but has also been sacked a whopping 21 times. The Texans don’t do a great job of protecting their star quarterback, but he also has to learn when to throw the ball away.
Houston also has a solid running game, but the Texans prefer to throw the ball most of the time.
Defense has been an issue for the Texans at points this season, but they have plenty of talent on that side of the ball. Look for the Texans to be aggressive in blitzing and getting to Carr in this game.
Raiders at Texans Free Game Prediction
The Oakland Raiders appear to have turned a corner as a franchise, and there is some real talent on this roster. Oakland is running the ball extremely well, but it will be facing a tough defensive line in this game.
Houston has all of the tools needed to make a deep playoff run this season, but it must be more consistent. The Texans are a really good football team at home, and their offense will help them win this game.
The pick in this game is the Houston Texans -7.0 over the Oakland Raiders.