4:35 pm
December 15

Texans @ Jets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Houston Texans (9-4)

@ New York Jets (4-9)


Current odds:

Houston Texans: (-360)

New York Jets: (+280)


The line for the game is Houston by 7 points.

Houston’s defense was burned for 399 yards by Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck but it ranks fifth in scoring (19.9 points) and should have an easier time containing New York’s pedestrian passing attack. The Texans also are fifth against the run (88.2 yards) and likely will try to apply pressure on Darnold with edge pass rushers J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, who have combined for 19.5 sacks. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has been part of a ground game that averaged 146.1 yards during the winning streak, but running backs Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue were limited to 54 yards last week. Wideout DeAndre Hopkins had a season-low 36 yards last week but has 1,151 yards and nine TDs on the season.

Darnold did not put up eye-popping numbers against the Bills, completing 16 of 24 passes for 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but he directed a winning scoring drive after Buffalo went ahead with 2 1/2 minutes to play. “As a kid, you dream of converting two-minute drives and going down there and scoring,” said Darnold, who was intercepted seven times in his previous three games before he was hurt. With Isaiah Crowell ailing and sitting out practice Thursday, Elijah McGuire is expected to get the start after rushing for 60 yards and the game-winning TD on Sunday. New York’s defense has struggled against the run, allowing an average of 132.0 yards rushing.

Watson has a 112.9 passer rating in his last seven games, throwing for 13 TDs against two interceptions.

StreakSmarter Pick
Houston Texans