49ers vs Texans Odds - Texans "D" will fail the offense again
49ers vs Texans odds: Houston -3 (Total: 44)
49ers vs Texans odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
Houston is coming off a big road win against the Bengals. The Texans have been typically unpredictable, alternating wins and losses throughout the season. Many expected a playoff appearance for Houston this season but, until it can foster some consistency, that looks like a long shot. The 49ers are coming off a bye, which gave them too long weeks to ponder a humiliating 45-10 loss to the Falcons. San Fran seemingly bought into the hype when it laid a complete egg against Atlanta. With Arizona sharing the division lead, this game is crucial for the Niners.
49ers vs Texans odds maker breakdown: Offense
Houston's offense is quite prolific. Matt Schaub is having a banner season and leads the NFL in touchdown passes at 14. He's averaging 381 yards a game over his last two outings, so expect the football to fly early and often. He's complemented by Steve Slaton who, while struggling to run the ball, has been an excellent receiver out of the backfield. San Francisco should have Frank Gore back in the lineup this week. He missed the past two games with an ankle injury but is the only true threat on this offense. That could change in time with Michael Crabtree. The rookie receiver finally ended his holdout and is expected to start this week, though his impact should be limited. Betting Edge: Houston
49ers vs Texans odds maker breakdown: Defense
What the 49ers lack in offense they make up for in defense - or so we thought before the blowout against the Falcons. The 45-point effort was probably just a blip for San Francisco; overall, the unit has played very well and, even if the "D" was overachieving before, it's still a solid unit at the end of the day. Remove that game from the equation and the Niners are allowing 12.5 points per game. Houston's defense has been a handicap for the most part, especially against the run. You're safe betting that Gore should be able to take advantage of a unit allowing 125 yards per contest, not to mention 4.9 yards per pop and 10 rushing touchdowns. The Texans did make a noticeable improvement last week, though, when they held Cedric Benson - the leading rusher at the time - to just 44 yards. Betting Edge: San Francisco
49ers vs Texans odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
San Francisco is very healthy right now, especially after the bye week. The Texans also don't have any major injuries to report, though a bout of flu was going around the team last weekend. Betting Edge: Even
49ers vs Texans odds maker: Totals (44)
San Francisco can slow, but not stop the Texans (the Vikings, for example, racked up 27 points against the Niners). With Gore back and a struggling Houston "D" in the mix, San Fran should get its points too. There should be enough touchdowns on the board to over the over. Pick: OVER 44
49ers vs Texans betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
Houston just can't seem to stay focused and, after a big win over the Bengals, wouldn't another loss make perfect sense? San Francisco, of course, is going to be angry and seeking payback on someone after last week's loss to Atlanta. Head coach Mike Singletary will have his players ready for this one. Frank Gore runs wild and the Niners cover. STAN’S PICK: San Francisco +3
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