Houston Texans (10-4) vs Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)Date : 12/23/2018
Time : 1:00 pm EST
Location : Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Houston Texans vs Philadelphia Eagles
The Houston Texans will travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to battle the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Philadelphia Eagles continue to have aspirations of capturing the NFC East Division crown and with matchups versus the Texans along with the Redskins remaining, they will certainly be looking to pull out a victory, particularly after their win versus the Rams in their last outing. In this game, the Eagles limited the Rams rushing game to only 82 yards, total, while Jared Goff threw for 339 yards yet was harassed throughout the game while throwing two interceptions in the toss, thus allowing the Eagles to win their third game in four outings.
The Houston Texans, on the other hand, rebounded from a loss to the Indianapolis Colts on the road in their prior outing by getting a victory over the New York Jets by a score of 29 – 22 as the Houston offense was dismal as it relates to its rushing attack as they only put up 47 yards on the night; However, DeShaun Watson threw for 294 yards for the game while also throwing two touchdowns to DeAndre Hopkins, who ended the game with 170 yards receiving, en route to the victory. Nonetheless, the Texans were 1-4 with in the Red Zone on the night while also allowing Watson to be sacked six times, total, throughout the game.
Houston Texans's Latest Performance :
The Houston Texans have been known for their tough, physical style of play on the defensive end. As stated, they have allowed opponents to score 20 points or less than six of their last 10 games in 2018; Yet, while they had a dominating performance versus the New York Jets in their last outing, the road team was able to put up 29 points throughout the contest as DeShaun Watson was certainly the man of the day as he passed for 294 yards along with two touchdowns, as stated, while also leading the rushing attack with just 26 yards on a night where Houston racked up only 47 yards on the ground. Nonetheless, DeAndre Hopkins, as stated, certainly had an outstanding outing as he racked up 170 yards on 10 catches along with two touchdowns from Watson in the all-important victory for the Texans as the offense went 0 – 5 with in the red zone for the night yet went perfect from field goal range on a 5-5 night by Ka’imi Fairbairn.
On the defensive end, Houston allowed the Jets to rush for 90 yards on the day with Elijah McGuire rushing for a touchdown while Sam Darnold passed for 253 yards along with two touchdowns for the Jets in which to keep the team competitive throughout. Robby Anderson, finally, led the receiving corps with 97 yards on nine catches along with a touchdown in the contest.
With remaining games versus the Eagles along with the Jaguars, the Houston Texas will certainly need to win out as they stand only two games ahead of a surging Indianapolis Colts squad in the AFC South division. With that being the case, look for the focus and intensity to be there for the Texans in this matchup vs a Philadelphia team that is also fighting for its collective life in which to make some noise within their respective division.
Philadelphia Eagles's Latest Performance :
Philadelphia will certainly be on a high when they take the field versus the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon as they have put themselves back in a position to win the NFC East Division, as they are not only one game behind the Dallas Cowboys, they were also winners of their third game in four outings with a win over the Rams on the road in their last outing. The defense for the Eagles played outstanding as they totally shut down the rushing attack for Los Angeles as Todd Gurley rushed for only 48 yards on the night. On the other hand, Jared Goff had a great game in the pocket in throwing for 339 yards for the game while Gurley also led the passing attack with 78 yards on the day. Nonetheless, Goff also threw two costly interceptions for Los Angeles while the Rams also lost a fumble in the matchup as well. And while the Eagles were only able to get to Goff once during the matchup by recording a sack, the defense certainly showed up within the red zone as they allowed the Rams to convert only two of six times in this area for the contest.
The offense for Philadelphia, on the other hand, saw Nick Foles passed for 270 yards along with an interception while Wendell Smallwood led the rushing attack with two touchdowns with 48 yards total. Alshon Jeffery also had an outstanding game as he racked up 160 yards receiving on eight catches for the night as the Eagles eclipse the 30-point mark for only the first time in their last seven outings, overall. Nonetheless, Philadelphia will look to face off versus a Houston Texans team that has not been as giving on the defensive end throughout the year as they have allowed opponents to score less than 20 points in six of their last 10 games, overall.
How Houston Texans & Philadelphia Eagles Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Houston is 6 – 7 – 1 ATS while the OU is 6-8
Philadelphia is 5 – 9 ATS while the OU is 6-8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting matchup as you will have two teams that are desperately in need of a win in which to either preserve their top spot within the division, or, to work in which to ultimately overtake the top spot from yet another division foe. With that being the case, look for this to be a very competitive matchup throughout as defense will certainly rule the day. In other words, look for both teams to lead with their rushing attacks in this matchup while both quarterbacks will certainly look to find some headway versus two pass defenses that have been shaky in protecting the pass.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Philadelphia Eagles - 2.5
My reason for the pick :
I will look for the Eagles to pull out a slim victory in this matchup. The truth is that Nick Foles continues to play well for Philadelphia in place of Carson Wentz while Alshon Jeffery has certainly stepped up in the last four games for Philadelphia as well. With that being the case, look for Philadelphia to continue to incorporate their rushing attack into the offense as they will keep the Texans occupied just enough in which to allow the passing game to find some big plays within a Texans pass defense that is ranked 26th in the league in defending the pass
Totals Selection: Pick: under 45.5
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this matchup as it has been to play in six of the last seven home games for the Philadelphia Eagles. On the other hand, the under has been the result in 6 of the last 10 games, overall, for the Houston Texans. With that being the case, expect these trends to continue as much will be riding on the outcome of this game for both teams. It is for this reason that I expect both defenses to step up in which to allow the under to be the strong play in this matchup in the end.
Betting trends for Houston Texans:
- Texans are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games in December.
Under is 8-1-1 in Texans last 10 games in Week 16.
Texans are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Eagles:
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
Over is 6-0 in Eagles last 6 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.