49ers Texans Betting Tips – Texans Host 49ers In Second Preseason Game Saturday
The Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers were two of the surprise teams in the NFL a year ago, combining for 23 wins and two division titles between them. The expectations will be much greater for both franchises heading in to 2012, and while the sports betting historical numbers tell us that at least one if not both teams should take a step back, both at least on paper appear primed for success. The Texans’ defense finished in the top-five against both the run and pass a year ago, and the offense welcomes back a healthy Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson after both missed significant time last season. Meanwhile, the 49ers added a ton of reinforcements through free agency and the draft, and appear primed to excel in a division that lacks parity.
San Francisco 49ers @ Houston Texans
Saturday August 18, 2012 – 8:00 PM ET
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
NFL Betting Line: Houston Texans – 3
Houston and San Francisco each opened their preseason schedule with a win, as the Texans took care of the Carolina Panthers on the road, while the 49ers had no problem with the Minnesota Vikings at home.
NFL Betting Preview: San Francisco 49ers
For all the firepower that San Francisco added on offense over the summer, this week’s contest could be our first glimpse of how the changes will make an impact. Wide receivers Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, and rookie AJ Jenkins could all see time in this game, while running back Frank Gore should get a couple of touches behind Brandon Jacobs in the run game. One question that some sportsbook experts have for the 49ers in regards to all their new weapons is whether or not quarterback Alex Smith will be able to take advantage of all of their talents. Smith completed all three of his passes for 16 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener, but backup Colin Kaepernick’s name came up quite a bit after he threw for 40 yards and rushed for 92 more with a touchdown.
NFL Betting Preview: Houston Texans
The Texans have no such questions at quarterback with Schaub back healthy, although given his injury history TJ Yates could see time at some point this season. Yates completed 8 of 12 passes for 89 yards splitting time with Schaub, Case Keenum, and John Beck in Houston’s first preseason game. Running back Ben Tate averaged 5.4 yards per carry with 22-year old Jonathan Grimes rushing for 37 yards and a touchdown. The Houston defense was relentless against Carolina, finishing with eight sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception in its first game action.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh should be looking forward to getting his offense a much tougher test in Houston, and will likely give more of his starters some looks to see what they can do as he expands the play book just a bit. San Francisco is a very dangerous team this season and while this should be a close game, this preseason sportsbook matchup just begs you to take the points.
NFL Betting Pick: San Francisco 49ers