When the Houston Texans visit the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday, bettors will be scrutinizing a matchup filled with both promise and unpredictability. The Texans, holding a balanced 4-4 record, are coming off an impressive win over the Buccaneers, while the Bengals sit at a 5-3 record after outmaneuvering the Bills.
The Texans have been underwhelming in scoring this year, averaging 23.5 points per game, but their defensive play has been more robust, conceding just 20.6 points per game. Their last game was a testament to their potential, with a remarkable 39-37 comeback victory powered by a strong passing game. CJ Stroud’s 470-yard, five-touchdown performance was a highlight, signaling that the Texans can unleash a potent offense when needed. However, bettors should note Houston’s nine-game streak of losses as road underdogs following a win, and while they have consistently covered the spread in their last seven games, their second-quarter opponent points are impressively low, suggesting a strong early defensive stance.
On the other side, the Bengals’ season has seen ups and downs, but their offense showed grit against the Bills, with Joe Burrow at the helm and Joe Mixon finding the end zone. Despite a below-par average of 19.4 points per game, their defense has been stout, allowing just over 20 points per game and snagging 11 interceptions so far. The Bengals also boast a remarkable record at Paycor Stadium, winning each of their last ten games there following a victory. Their November games have seen them covering the spread consistently, which could sway bettors in their favor. However, their rushing game has been the least productive in the league, a vulnerability that the Texans might exploit.
While both teams have displayed the capacity for offensive explosions, with the Texans accumulating 496 yards in their latest outing and the Bengals notching 397 total yards against the Bills, the game could swing in many directions. Both teams have hit the 20-point mark in recent victories, signaling that they can go toe-to-toe in a high-scoring affair. Yet, the Bengals’ capability to cover the spread at home, combined with their streak of non-turnover games, gives them a slight edge in this contest.
For bettors, this means considering the Bengals’ powerful home-field advantage and recent offensive form against the Texans’ strong defensive starts and potential for a robust passing game. Cincinnati’s home record and recent performances make them a more attractive bet on BUSR’s NFL Odds, despite the unpredictable nature of both teams. Consider the Bengals to cover the -7 spread or take the over in points (47.5).