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Texans vs Raiders NFL Week 7 Picks, Prediction

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images. Pictured: Josh Jacobs.

  • The Raiders are big home favorites today against the lowly Texans.
  • Las Vegas is coming off its bye week and only has one win this season.
  • Dylan Wilkerson breaks down the matchup and makes his betting pick below.

Texans vs. Raiders Odds

Sunday, Oct. 23
4:05 p.m. ET
Texans Odds
-112o / -108u
Raiders Odds
-112o / -108u
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NFL odds here.

This week’s late afternoon slate brings us a showdown between the Houston Texans and the Las Vegas Raiders.

Both of these teams have only one win this season, and that’s for a good reason as they've had their struggles.

For the Texans, this was expected at the beginning of the season. The Raiders, on the other hand, had high hopes going into this season. They have yet to live up to those expectations, but they look to get on track this week.

Here are my Texans vs Raiders NFL Week 7 picks and predictions, as well as my best bet.

Texans vs. Raiders Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how the Texans and Raiders match up statistically:

Texans vs. Raiders DVOA Breakdown
Overall DVOA2827
Pass DVOA2830
Rush DVOA2515
Overall DVOA2026
Pass DVOA2316
Rush DVOA829

The Raiders' bread and butter has been their run game. This team runs the ball efficiently, but infrequently. Josh Jacobs has been a workhorse as of late, and the Raiders’ lackluster performance from their receiving core elevates Jacob’s importance to the offensive scheme.

Although the Raiders have the fewest rushing attempts in the league, they are near the top of the pack with 5.3 yards per carry. Since the Raiders have been playing from behind for most of the season, it makes sense that their rush attempts are low, opting for a pass heavy scheme is popular when you want to strike quickly. 

The Texans, on the other hand, have one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL. Allowing 5.2 rush yards an attempt is not great, and when you zoom out and look at rush yards allowed per game, the Texans have allowed the third most with nearly 165 yards. Aside from their rush defense being abysmal, the Texans seem to do everything else in mediocrity.

Betting Picks

In his last two games, we have seen an increase in Jacobs' usage and production. In his last two games, we have seen Jacobs get over 20 carries each, and average 149 rush yards.

These performances came against great defenses such as the Chiefs and Broncos.

I expect the Raiders to expose the Texans' run defense, leading to a big game from the Raiders' RB1.

Quickslip: Josh Jacobs Over 84.5 Rushing Yards | Bet to 89.5

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