- Week Nine Thursday Night Football Odds and Best Bets: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans
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Week Nine Thursday Night Football Odds and Best Bets: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans
Well, life always seems to imitate art–and in this case, life is football and art is baseball. At the same time as the Philadelphia Phillies are taking on the Houston Texans in the World Series, the Philadelphia Eagles will be taking on the Houston Texans on Thursday Night football. Talk about a battle between two cities.
Last week wasn’t my best performance–my picks for the week eight Ravens vs Buccaneers battle went 1-3, bringing my overall season record to 13-14. Don’t worry though, my picks this week are sure to bring me back into the green (....I hope).
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Best Bet #1: Jalen Hurts UNDER 40.5 Rushing Yards (-110)
Hurts has struggled to find success on the ground in his last two games after being a dominant rushing presence in his first five. Last week against the Steelers, Hurts only attempted two rushes for 10 yards. The week prior, he only gained 27 yards on nine rushes. I think Hurts’ rushing struggles will continue here in week nine against the Texans, who have only allowed 30+ rushing yards to opposing QBs once all season.
Best Bet #2: Miles Sanders ANYTIME TOUCHDOWN SCORER (-120)
The Texans are coming into this matchup just a few days after giving up 302 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns to the Titans in week eight. I think Miles Sanders will look to take advantage of that bad week defensively on Thursday night and will find the endzone with ease. In fact, I think Sanders is a decent play for first touchdown scorer (which is at +550) but that’s a bit too risky for my blood.
Best Bet #3: Jalen Hurts OVER 238.5 Passing Yards (-125)
Hurts has surpassed 238.5 passing yards in five of his seven games so far this season and has accomplished the feat in each of his three away games. The Texans have only allowed 238.5 passing yards to an opposing QB four times this season, but that number is a bit skewed after last week’s game against the Titans (who only attempted 10 passes).
Best Bet #4: Houston Texans UNDER 15.5 Points (-105)
This one is tough because a team can easily stumble into 16 points in any game. However, the Texans' offense is just…not good. Dameon Pierce is the only active player with a rushing touchdown (he only has three) and OJ Howard is the only player on the team with 2+ receiving touchdowns (he has two). The Eagles' defense allows only one passing touchdown per game and 0.86 rushing touchdowns per game (so less than one) so the Texans will be battling for each and every point on Thursday.