Best Bets for Philadelphia Eagles versus Houston Texans in Week 9

A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

At some point, we imagine the Philadelphia Eagles will travel to the Magnolia City and lose. It seemingly has to happen at some point, even if it hasn’t happened yet. It probably won’t happen on Thursday Night Football. They never lost to the Houston Oilers during three trips to the Astrodome, and since we were first introduced to the Texans, the Birds are 5-0 in that series. They meet for the sixth time in Week 9’s first NFL game.

In terms of that winning streak, two of Philly’s five wins versus the Texans occurred during trips to NRG Stadium (formerly known as Reliant Stadium), and by the looks of things, just looking at both franchises and the directions that they seem to be headed in, it appears that the Texans’ first win over the Birds will have to wait for four more years.

It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which Houston wins this game. Let’s talk about a few wagers.

Most Passing Yards: Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (-146)

Jalen Hurts is on fire. In Week 8 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, he threw four touchdown passes without attempting a single pass in the red zone. Think about that for a second.

Meanwhile, the Texans have struggled to score points through the air and on the ground, and seeing as how the Eagles’ defense is stingy and Houston’s best offensive weapons play the running back position (no disrespect is intended to Brandin Cooks), it seems quite likely that Jalen will outgain Davis Mills through the air. This figures to be a winner.

Jake Elliott’s Total Kicking Points: Over 7.5 Points (-148)

We expect a huge statistical showing by the Eagles’ offense. Most of Vegas seems to agree with that theory. FanDuel currently favors Philadelphia by 14 points.

There will be touchdowns. There may be a few field-goal attempts. Either way that you slice it, Jake Elliott, despite having no field-goal attempts in Week 8, should have an easy ride to the eight-point threshold in Week 9.

Philadelphia Eagles WR A.J. Brown’s Alternate Receiving Yards: Over 60 (-188)

He’s been one of Jalen Hurts’ favorite targets since his arrival, aside from the game versus the Arizona Cardinals of course. A.J. Brown may not reach the end zone three times this week, but he should have a big evening.

Banking on him eclipsing 69.5 yards at -114 seems like a nice play, but if you want to play it safe and bank on the obvious victory, go with his alternate receiving yards total (over 60). Either way, you should be pleased with the results while finding yourself in the winner’s circle.

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