Buffalo Bills Vs. Houston Texans NFL Playoffs Betting Picks And Odds
Two teams with a very different identity are set to clash in the NFL wildcard round.
The very disciplined Buffalo Bills will visit the not so much disciplined Houston Texans, in the opening game of the 2019-2020 NFL playoffs weekend. Let’s dive into the match up.
What The NFL Odds Say About The Bills Vs. Texans Matchup
|+2.5 (-110)||Spread||-2.5 (-110)|
|O 43.5 (-110)||Total||U 43.5 (-110)|
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The Texans opened -2.5, but then the betting line moved to a field goal difference. In most sportsbooks, the line went back to -2.5, but there are a few with the odds at -3.
The action is very even on this game. 52% of the betting public is siding with the Buffalo Bills on the road.
The Buffalo Bills’ Edge Vs. the Texans
Let’s be real. The Buffalo Bills have been a pleasant surprise. Not many had them winning more than six games during the year. Their 10-win season was mostly due to a great defense.
Buffalo had the third-best defense in the NFL during the 2019 regular season, only allowing 298.3 total yards per game. The Bills allowed more than 24 points just once this year, and it was against the Eagles during week eight. It’s been a while.
Their defense can pressure the quarterback, but their success it’s mostly based on good coverage and being a disciplined unit.
No team in the entire 2019 allowed fewer plays of 30 yards or more than Buffalo. This is particularly helpful when you have to cover players like WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller V.
What About Their Offense?
The offense is the weakest link of the team, but it’s still good enough to move the football. The Bills had the eighth-best rushing attack in the NFL, averaging a solid 128.4 rushing yards per game.
The combination between rookie RB Devin Singletary and QB Josh Allen allowed them to be one of the best.
Allen has also shown a lot of improvement with his deep passes. He recorded over 3000-passing yards this season with 20 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.
Allen does need to do a lot better in short passes, and that could end up costing a chance to advance.
The Houston Texans’ Edge vs. the Bills
It’s hard to imagine the Texans going anywhere this postseason if QB Deshaun Watson doesn’t become Superman in the next month. He’s the most significant edge the team has over the Bills.
In fact, if we take a look at the quarterbacks in the AFC, Watson might be toe-to-toe with Lamar Jackson, Pat Mahomes, and Tom Brady.
He’s good enough to be in the top tier, but Watson just needs to put on a show in January to reflect it. One key question about the Texans offense is WR Will Fuller V, who has been limited all week with a groin injury.
Fuller’s Influence In The Offense
When Fuller is on the field, Houston’s offense becomes a lot harder to stop. Without him, they become predictable. So, keep an eye on Fuller’s status before the game.
Their defense will also get a confidence boost with the return of DE JJ Watt. In week 8, Watt was declared out for the season with a pectoral injury. He was activated this week with the sole purpose of getting to Bills’ QB Josh Allen.
The form of Watt will be in question, but the boost of his return is undeniable. He’s the defense leader and one of the team’s best players. Just by being on the field, his mere presence can change the complexity of the game.
Buffalo Bills At Houston Texans NFL Playoffs Prediction
The Bills are a more complete team than the Texans. They are quiet, but they mean business every time they are on the field. It’s a reflection of their coach Sean McDermott, who has put together an outstanding squad.
Houston is a team with a lot of highs and lows. The Texans could give you a huge game, and the next week disappoint you with poor performances.
Their defense worries me. They don’t have a cornerback that can cover WR John Brown down the field, nor someone that can handle WR Cole Beasley. Buffalo can do a lot of damage both in the middle or deep.
The Bills have the type of team that travels well in the postseason. Buffalo can run the football and play defense better than Houston. Plus, I’m getting points with a team that looks like the better side. Bet Bills +2.5.
Bills Vs. Texans Game Information
- Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
- Game Time: 4:35 PM ET
- Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
- TV: ESPN
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