The Houston Texans are riding a three-game winning streak and have an AFC-leading six victories so far this season. They’ll look to make it four wins in a row and strengthen their hold on the AFC South when they face the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay on the NFL betting board at the Bodog Sportsbook on Sunday afternoon.
Houston, though, hasn’t exactly had a tough schedule lately, as those three consecutive wins came against the Titans, Jaguars, and Browns – who have a combined nine wins through the first nine weeks of the season.
The Texans improved to 6-3 overall and 6-3 against the NFL betting odds with an easy 30-12 win over the Browns at home on Sunday. Arian Foster (124) and Ben Tate (115) each ran for over 100 yards for Houston that day and scored a touchdown, while QB Matt Schaub threw for just 119 yards with an INT but also ran for a score in the win.
On the season Schaub now has a QB Rating of 92.6 with 2,237 passing yards to go along with 13 touchdown strikes and six interceptions.
The Buccaneers, at 4-4 straight up and 3-5 against the spread, have lost two straight games and are in danger of falling out of the race for the NFC South division title. Tampa Bay lost 24-18 at home to Chicago before their bye in Week 7, then returned over the weekend to fall 27-16 on the road against the Saints.
Josh Freeman went 27 of 37 for 281 passing yards for Tampa Bay against New Orleans, with one touchdown and no interceptions, improving his QB Rating on the season to 76.8 and his TD/INT ratio to 8/10. LeGarrette Blount ran for 72 yards on 13 carries in the losing cause.
The Texans and Buccaneers have only ever met twice in their histories, with Houston winning 28-14 at home as a 3-point underdog in 2007, and Tampa Bay winning 16-3 at home as an 11.5-point favorite back in 2003.
On the Super Bowl futures list at the Bodog Sportsbook the Texans are now at 12/1, with the Buccaneers at 100/1
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