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Texans vs. Lions Betting Lines

Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions
When: 12:30pm EST. Thanksgiving Day. Thursday, November 22, 2012
Where: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

The Houston Texans 9-1 (7-3 ATS) almost lost to the Jaguars last weekend, but they managed to win 43-37 in OT. Andre Johnson had a career day, catching 14 passes for 271 yards and 1 TD. Matt Schaub put up big numbers, but also threw 2 INT’s.

The Detroit Lions 4-6 (4-6 ATS) are in last place in the NFC North division after losing 24-20 to the Packers last week. The Lions had a chance to save their season and pick-up a big win, but they were outscored 10-3 in the 4th quarter and it cost them the win.

Betting Lines for Houston vs. Detroit

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US Friendly
-3 (-125)
+3 (+105)
-3.5 (-105)
+3.5 (-115)
o50 (-110) / u50 (-110)
o50 (-110) / u50 (-110)

We haven’t seen much line movement in this first Thanksgiving Day match-up. The Texans opened up at -3 points and the over/under opened up at 49 points. Neither betting line has moved yet although the Texans spread may go this week.

My Pick: Houston Texans -3 (-125) at BetOnline.com

Texans vs. Lions Thanksgiving Day Betting Preview

The Detroit Lions season is essentially over now, but they can still player a spoiler role. At 4-6, games like this are about pride, and building on next season. QB Matthew Stafford has put up good numbers this year and the Lions have the #1 passing offense (301.8 PYPG) in the NFL. Calvin has over 1100+ receiving yards, but only 3 TD’s on the season – a big reason why the Lions only average 23.6 PPG (15th).

The Houston Texans defense ranks 4th in points allowed (18 PPG), 7th against the pass (213.6 PYPG) and 2nd against the run (85.6 RYPG). This isn’t a game the Texans will overlook, and I expect Houston to shut down the Lions offense on Thanksgiving Day.

Houston had some trouble beating the Jaguars this past week, but the Lions defense has been inconsistent and the Texans should score 28+ pts. The Texans average 29.3 PPG (3rd), 246.2 PYPG (12th) and 136.7 RYPG (8th). The Lions have done well against the pass (214 PYPG – 8th), but they’ve had trouble stopping the run (114.1 RYPG – 16th) and Arian Foster should be able to put up 100+ rushing yards. This is a well-rounded Texans team who should be able to win this road game.

Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions Betting Picks

I like Houston to win this game, but I don’t like the hook at JustBet. If the difference was 4 vs 4.5 points, I wouldn’t pay the higher price, but being the different of 3 or 3.5, I don’t mind paying it. So, my point spread pick is Houston -3 (-125) at BetOnline.com.

The Lions have been playing better, but they’re still blowing games that they have a chance to win, like last week against the Packers. Houston should be able to run the football all over the Lions and should go up early. If Detroit does get down early, I think they’ll find it very hard to catch up against the stingy Texans defense who can shut down the best offenses in the NFL.

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ScottThis article was written by Scott

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