Detroit Lions vs Houston Texans
Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:00 PM EST
Line: Houston Texans -4.5, O/U 42.5
Handicapper: Fred Berns
Pick: Houston Texans -4.5
The Detroit Lions travel to NRG Stadium to take on the Houston Texans in an NFL preseason Week 2 matchup. Both teams enter this matchup off of losses in Week 1 with the Lions losing to the Patriots 31-3 and the Texans losing to Green Bay 28-26.
Detroit hopes to put together a better performance than the effort presented in Week 1. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was lost for the season with a broken leg and the Lions also brought in Josh Johnson at quarterback, who was signed because Tom Savage suffered a concussion in the preseason opener. Detroit released RB Theo Riddick due to the impressive play from rookie RB Ty Johnson out of Maryland. Johnson has been a bright spot in Detroit’s camp and you can expect to have his number called in Week 2. Detroit is 1-6 straight up (SU) in its last seven games played in August and the Lions may be just hoping to escape this game without injuries.
The Texans will be a contender out of the AFC this season and they fully expect to make it back in the playoffs with their top ranked defense. The Texans were pleased with backup quarterback Joe Webb’s performance in Week 1 completing 25-of-40 passes for 286 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on the day. The Texans camp has been competitive and it showed in their first preseason game and I expect them to play with the same intensity on Saturday night. Houston is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games played in August.
The Texans have the better team from top to bottom and with most starters sitting out, you can expect Houston’s depth to show vs. the Lions. I don’t expect the Lions to light up the scoreboard but you can expect to see Houston pick up where they left off last week. Take the Texans -4.5 at home in Week 2 of the preseason.
Lions vs Texans Free NFL Pick : Houston Texans -4.5
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