Houston Texans (2-0) vs Los Angeles Rams (1-1)Date : 08/25/2018
Time : 4:00 pm EST
Location : LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Houston Texans vs Los Angeles Rams
The Houston Texans will travel to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, to take on the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday beginning at 4 pm EST for week 3 preseason NFL action. The Texas are coming off a 16-13 home win over the San Francisco 49’ers to where the spread would be a push (-3) while the under was the play with the total being set at 42.5 points for the game. The Rams, on the other hand, would get the 19-15 home win over the Oakland Raiders on 8-18-2018 to where they would cover the spread as underdogs (+2) while the under was also the play with the total being set at 38.5 for the matchup. Both teams have been inconsistent on offense to begin the season as the Texans are averaging 298 yards per game (22nd) while putting up 17 ppg (24th). The Rams offense is ranked dead last thus far in averaging 193 yards per game while putting up 13 ppg (31st). The Rams defense is a bit better from a statistical standpoint in that they are allowing 313 yards per game (16th) while allowing teams to score 24 ppg (26th), yet, the Texans are ranked 23rd in yards allowed by game with 342 while also permitting teams to score just 12 ppg (3rd).
Houston Texans's Latest Performance :
Houston’s Joe Webb would hit Vyncint Smith for a 41-yarder to put the Texans up by 6 with :27 seconds left in the 4th period as the Texans would sneak out with the 16-13 home win on 8-18-2018. The Texans would have 19 first downs for the game while the rushing game would produce 73 yards on the night while the passing game would obtain 250 yards. Webb would end the game going 10/19 for 127 yards, TD, and an INT while DeShawn Watson was 5/8 for 73 yards. Brandon Weeden was also 7/15 for 50 yards total in the win. Webb would also have 4 rushes for 22 yards as he would lead the backfield assault while Alfred Blue would also rush 7 times for 17 yards. Bruce Ellington would have 4 catches for 50 yards and a TD while Vyncint Smith would also have a TD on 2 catches for 43 yards. Braxton Miller and Sammy Coates would have a combined 6 catches for 72 yards overall. The Texans would also go 1 for 2 inside the red zone for the game.
Defensively, they would allow the 49’ers 17 first downs while also giving up 84 rush yards along with 305 passing yards. They would also permit 50% red zone efficiency for the game (1-2). Davin Belleamy and Johnson Bademosi would each have an interception in the contest while Josh Keyes and Keenan Gilcrest would lead the defense in tackles with 4 each. Andre Chachere, Bademosi, and Justin Reed would also have 3 tackles apiece in the win for Houston.
Los Angeles Rams's Latest Performance :
After being up 13-0 at the half, the Rams allowed the Raiders to score 15 points in the 2nd half to come within 1 point of the lead. Thanks to a Sam Ficken 32-yard field goal, the Rams were able to get the 19-15 victory. The offense did not have much output at all as the Rams were able to only obtain 13 first downs for the night while having 72 yards rushing along with 143 yards passing on the night. They would also go 1 for 4 inside the red zone. Sean Mannion would go 10/16 for the Rams with 84 yards total while Brandon Allen would go 6 of 11 for the night with 68 yards and an INT in the win. John Kelly would pace the rushing attack with 18 rushes for 56 yards and a TD along with Malcolm Brown having 7 rushes for 22 yards total. KhaDarrel Hodge would have 2 catches for 57 yards with a TD to lead the receiving corps while Henry-Krieger Coble would have a catch for 35 yards in the win.
Defensively, the Rams would allow 12 first downs while allowing 104 rushing yards along with 114 passing yards. The offense would also have 3 fumbles (2 lost) while going 2 for 3 inside the red zone. They would step up as it relates to sacks as Marcus Martin, John Franklin Myers, Justin Lawler, and Ethan Westbrooks would have a sack each while Bryce Hager would lead the defense with 4 tackles in the victory.
How Houston Texans & Los Angeles Rams Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Here you have two teams with struggling and young offenses that are attempting to obtain some momentum moving forward. On the other hand, both defenses are young and aggressive units that are looking to make an impact in 2018. With that being said, this matchup will indeed be an interesting one as well as a test to see how far they have come thus far. The Texans will definitely be looking to play well in which to obtain the win, however, the Rams, as miserable as they may be on offense, will look to regroup while finding much more consistency within the trenches in which to open up their running game a bit.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Los Angeles Rams -3
My reason for the pick :
I will take the Rams in this instance in that while they may not be clicking on all cylinders on offense, yet, their defense has proven that they can certainly keep their team in the game simply by remaining aggressive and opportunistic throughout the game. The Texans offense has been lackluster thus far in the preseason and I do not expect them to find many holes against the Rams D. Nonetheless, it is because of this inconsistency that I see the Rams coming out with yet another slim victory in which to gain confidence from.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 42
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this matchup in that, as stated, you have 2 teams that are struggling to move the ball thus far in the preseason that will be matching up against defenses that have done well lately in minimizing the damage that offenses are inflicting. Expect the Texans to set the tone early in the trenches, however, the Rams will certainly be up to the challenge. I see this matchup as being a defensive-minded contest that will certainly not surpass the 42-point mark.
Betting trends for Houston Texans:
- The Texans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- The Texans are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games on grass
- Under is 5-1 in Texans last 6 games overall
Betting trends for Los Angeles Rams:
- The Rams are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games
- The Rams are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass
- The Over is 5-1 in Rams last 6 games overall