Texans-Jets Betting Preview: Ride With Houston’s Defense on the Road?

Dec 15, 2018 02:15 PM EST

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99).

Betting odds: Houston Texans at New York Jets

  • Spread: Texans -7
  • Over/Under: 41.5
  • Time: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NFL Network

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Betting market: With 71% of spread bets at the time of writing, the Texans are the second-most popular team of the week behind the Patriots (click here for live odds). Despite the overwhelming support, the line has moved against the Texans.

Nearly 60% of bets are on the over, but more than 80% of the cash is on the under, which has caused the total to drop from 42.5 to 41.5. — Mark Gallant

Trends to know: Big home underdogs are often overlooked late in the season by casual bettors. The reason? Most teams that fit that description are out of the playoff race and thus viewed as having little to play for.

But since 2003, home dogs of six or more points have gone 82-62-4 (57%) against the spread in games played in December or later, per our Bet Labs data. — John Ewing

The Texans enter Week 15 coming off a loss, but here’s a fun fact: Teams that are allowing fewer than 21 points per game and coming off a straight-up loss are 51-32-1 ATS (61.4%) over the last five years, covering the spread by 3.1 PPG. — Evan Abrams

Did you know? Deshaun Watson has started three games in his career that have not been on a Sunday and the Texans are 3-0 straight up and ATS, covering the spread by 11.5 PPG. — Abrams