The undefeated Philadelphia Eagles (7-0) head to Houston to face the Houston Texans (1-5-1) for "Thursday Night Football" in Week 9.
The oddsmakers expect this matchup to be very lopsided.
Current odds for Eagles and Texans on Thursday night
- Moneyline: Eagles (-800) | Texans (+550)
- Spread: Eagles -13.5 (-118) | Texans +1.5 (+100)
- Total: 45.5 Over (-110) | Under (-110)
The Eagles have been the most dominant team in the NFL this season, jumping out to a perfect 7-0 start. They’ve been so strong that you have to lay $800 to win $100 if you take them on the moneyline. Even with a 13.5-point spread, you won’t make even money. But, spoiler alert – we aren’t going to be tempted to take the Texans because of the plus sign.
The Eagles are scoring 28 points per game this year while their strong defense is allowing only 16.6. They have covered 71.4 percent of the time this year and they have won all seven games in which they are favored.
The Texans are the second-worst team in football, just ahead of the Detroit Lions, but at least the Lions are fun to watch. Houston is averaging just 16.6 points per game, while allowing opposing teams to gash them for 22. Philadelphia has one of the best ground games in the NFL averaging 150 rushing yards per game with 14 rushing touchdowns. They should have no trouble making easy work of the Texans. Jalen Hurts should be able to have his way. A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert will all see action, while Miles Sanders likely leads this backfield with a big night. Even Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott could get some rushing yards in garbage time as the Eagles manage the clock.
The Texans have covered 42.9 percent of contests this year and have been underdogs in all seven matchups, winning one outright.
Even 24 hours ago, I may have considered taking the Texans to cover, but with the trade deadline passing and a disgruntled Brandin Cooks remaining, I don’t have a lot of hope for this team to come out fighting on a week of short rest. Dameon Pierce will certainly do his best to compete, but the Eagles are allowing only 86.6 rushing yards per game and he can’t do it alone. Nico Collins is expected to miss Week 9 and that leaves very limited options for Davis Mills, who will likely be unable to capitalize on any garbage time opportunities to run up the game total.
Take the Eagles to cover.
As for the game total, I am leaning toward the under. The Eagles should jump out to an early lead and we may even see some Gardner Minshew while the visitors run down the clock.