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Houston Texans open as favorites at home against Titans in Week 17

Starting to think this whole “favorite” thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Houston Texans v New York Jets
Please get well soon, king.
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I never expected the opening odds to have a monkey’s paw type effect on the Houston Texans. Each time they’ve been the favorite in this opening odds segment, they’ve gotten pantsed by far worse teams.

They were favorites against the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets, and now the Cleveland Browns and each time they’ve come out flat or been outright annihilated over the course of the game; both in terms of poor play and significant injuries.

But I’m sure this time it’ll be fine.

So let’s see what the opening odds have in store for the team, brought to you by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Opening Odds for Week 15


FAVORED: Houston Texans (-3.5)


Note: For those of you who aren’t aware of the meaning, the points are a handicap system. So in this case, imagine the game and before the kickoff even happens, someone has spotted the BESFs 3.5 points.

So basically a point line, in this case, is giving the BESFs a 3.5-0 head start. And the Texans have to win by at least three points to beat the spread. If they beat the BESFs by three or more points, the Texans win the bet. Since the line is 3.5 points there is no chance for a push.

Over/Under: 42

Note: This one is pretty straightforward. You decide whether you think the total combined score will be more or less than 42 points.


BESFs (+154)
Houston Texans (-185)

Note: This one is a little more complicated. The best way to imagine it is if you have $100 to bet initially. If you bet your $100 on the BESFs (but why would you, right?) and they win the game, you get $254 (your initial $100, plus the $154 from the win). If you take the Texans moneyline, you have to bet $185 to win $100 for a total of $285 ($185 initial bet, plus the $100 you get from the win).

For entertainment purposes only. Please do not take financial advice from a football blog.

Go Texans and Happy Holidays