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Texans vs Chiefs Odds - Haley, Cassel lead new-look Chiefs

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:30:57 AM
NFL bettingThe Texans vs Chiefs odds will be an AFC matchup of two teams hoping to exceed expectations. Online betting sharps have been calling the Texans a sleeper for a couple of seasons now, but the problem is that they’ve stayed asleep. Meanwhile, the new Chiefs regime will hope that their offseason changes won’t sink them.

Texans vs Chiefs odds: Chiefs -2

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 15 – 8:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MI
  • PICK: Chiefs

Texans vs Chiefs odds maker breakdown: Offense

While the Houston Texans might have one of the best offenses in the NFL, they probably won’t play it very long. Matt Schaub has proven to be injury-prone, and the Texans have a number of injuries on their offense line. They know what they have and there is no sense in wearing it out in the preseason.

The Chiefs, on the other hand, have a new offensive scheme, a new quarterback and a new coach. They’ll be watching closely to see how everyone does because their head coach says every position on the roster is up for grabs.

Betting Edge: Chiefs

Texans vs Chiefs odds maker breakdown: Defense

The Texans again have the better defense but it’s hard to imagine them playing very long. Like their offense, they have been snake-bitten by injuries on defense and don’t want to head into the season shorthanded.

For the Chiefs, NFL betting fans know that they have a very young defense and live repetitions are exactly what they need. The Chiefs are switching to the 3-4 scheme and they’ll get lots of playing time to see how they’ll fare against some real competition.

Betting Edge: Chiefs

Texans vs Chiefs odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

The Texans have the edge on special teams as their return tandem of Jacoby Jones and Andre Davis are just short of Pro Bowl-caliber, while their kicking game is steady with Kris Brown and Matt Turk.

The Chiefs special teams are in flux as they are testing out kickers and are still narrowing down their return men.

Betting Edge: Texans

Texans vs Chiefs odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

The Texans are nicked up with a few injuries but nothing too serious. First-round pick Brian Cushing will likely sit out of this contest. Aside from that, there are no key injuries.

Betting Edge: Chiefs

Texans vs Chiefs betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

The Chiefs are a slight two-point favorite in the sportsbook and that’s a fair price. With a new General Manager, new head coach Todd Haley, and new quarterback Matt Cassel, the Chiefs new regime will be more interested in getting the win.

STAN’S PICK: Chiefs -2

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?




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