NFL week 2 betting: Texans, Bengals desperate to reverse week 1 fortunes

Updated: September 14, 2017

It’s already desperation stakes for the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals after alarming week 1 losses to the Jaguars and Ravens respectively. They clash at Paul Brown Stadium tonight to kick-off week 2 in the NFL in a game where our expert James “Big Jim” Potter has posted his first three-unit bet of the week; overall results: 16-3-9, +10.76 units


NFL week 2: Houston Texans (0-1, 0-0 away) @ Cincinnati Bengals (0-1, 0-1 home)
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
When: Friday, September 15, 10.25am (AET)
Lines: Cincinnati -6, O/U 38

Confirmed bets: Houston +6 (three units @ $1.98), +38/total (one unit @ $1.97)

TIW says: It’s brutally unfair to declare a team’s season done and dusted less than 30 minutes into their opening game but the Houston Texans were left with a massive headache after their week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coach Bill O’Brien handed the ball to Tom Savage but watched his QB sacked six times in the first half. Savage was benched, with first round draft pick Deshaun Watson handed the poison chalice behind an O-line that resembled a sieve.

For good measure, the Jags duly sat Watson, who led Clemson to the national championship earlier this year, on his behind four times. There’s no official word out of Houston but it’s widely expected that Watson will start in Cincinnati although there’s little reason to expect the Texans will be able to provide improved protection this week with a line that is still missing left tackle Duane Brown (contract holdout) and will be without guard Jeff Allen.


Watson (pictured below) was 12 of 23 for 102 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Perhaps an even bigger issue facing the Texans is a lengthy injury list that includes five players in the NFL’s concussion protocol, including the team’s top three tight ends. Despite the return of start defensive end J.J. Watt, limited to three games last season due to back surgery, Houston allowed 155 yards rushing in the 29-7 loss to Jacksonville.

The Bengals have a QB headache of their own after the deplorable performance by Andy Dalton in a 20-0 loss to Baltimore at Paul Brown Stadium – their first home shutout since 2001. The veteran QB completed 16 of 31 attempts for 170 yards with four interceptions. His 28.4 passer rating was his worst showing since November 6, 2014, when he passed for 86 yards with three interceptions in a 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.


The Bengals also need to sort out their running game – Giovani Bernard, less than 10 months removed from knee surgery, rushed for 40 yards on seven carries while highly touted rookie Joe Mixon managed only nine yards on eight rushes. Lost in the abysmal performance by Dalton, who tossed three of his interceptions in the first half, was the sturdy play of Cincinnati’s defense, which surrendered a total of 268 yards (157 rushing) to the Ravens.

Rookie wideout John Ross, the ninth overall pick who was clocked in 4.22 in the 40 at the NFL combine, is expected to make his NFL debut in Cincinnati. The Bengals are 5-0 ATS in their past five games following a double-digit loss at home while the Texans are 4-0 ATS on their past four trips to Cincinnati. The past four match-ups have all played ‘under’ the total, averaging just over 26 points per game across that period.


Monday Night Football results: 1-2-1, -2.0 units

New Orleans Saints +3 @ Minnesota Vikings (three units @ $2.00) LOSE (19-29)
New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings -48 (one unit @ $1.93) PUSH (19-29)
Los Angeles Chargers +3 @ Denver Broncos (two units @ $1.91) PUSH (21-24)
Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos +43 (one unit @ $2.00) WIN (21-24)

Results update

Three-unit bets: 3-0-3, -0.75 units
Two-unit bets: 6-2-2, +8.86 units
One-unit bets: 7-1-4, +2.65 units



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Pinnacle (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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