The NFL playoffs continue this week, and the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots are set to do battle. Check out some of the NFL prop bets that are available at BetDSI, as we analyze the betting lines and see which sides to play.
Total Sacks Made by Both Teams Over 3.5 (-150): No quarterback in the league does more to protect his offensive line than QB Tom Brady. He gets the ball out of his hands in a hurry, and he gets the job done, making sure that he rarely gets sacked. The defensive front for the Texans only mustered one sack on the day of Brady, but this unit is still relentless. Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips is going to come up with a new game plan for this week’s game, one that should be a heck of a lot better than the plan was several weeks ago when these two teams met in this venue. Expect both sides to come up with at least a pair of sacks in this game.
Largest Lead of the Game Under 17.5 Points (-130): We know that Houston was down by more than 17.5 points just over a quarter into the game five Mondays ago, but we just don’t see that happening again. That’s not to say that the Texans won’t ultimately lose by two touchdowns, or even 17 points when push comes to shove. However, the idea that this game becomes a three-touchdown game at some point seems to be a bit outrageous. These are, after all, the playoffs, and this is when the best teams in the league all play against each other. No one should be consistently beating anyone else by more than two and a half scores.
Arian Foster Over 88.5 Rushing Yards (-115): Foster has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his first three playoff games in his career, and he is the first man in NFL history to do so. The Patriots didn’t have a fantastic defense this year, and this is a unit that is certainly in the midst of its biggest moment. Remember that there are a heck of a lot of rookies and second year men that are playing at home with a lot of pressure on their backs here in the second season. Foster knows what he is doing, and he has proven to be able to run the ball well against virtually everyone that he faced this year. This is the only man that has a shot of keeping the Texans in this game on Sunday, and we think that he is going to be able to do just that when push comes to shove.
Andre Johnson To Score a Touchdown (+220): We rode with Johnson to score a touchdown last week, only to watch as QB Matt Schaub didn’t throw a single score to anyone. We still stand by the fact that it is a statistical anomaly that the man from Miami didn’t get into the end zone but four times all season long, and we think that he is due for a true bust out game. Again, the New England secondary isn’t the best in the world, and Johnson might be able to take full advantage of that fact. It only takes one big play, and No. 80 is the man that could make that big time play to get into the end zone.
Stevan Ridley Under 72.5 Rushing Yards (-115): Ridley fumbled in a crucial spot against the Texans a few weeks ago, and he hasn’t necessarily gotten the full share of carries in this New England offense since that point. Ridley has only eclipsed 72 rushing yards three times since Week 10, and against a stout Houston defense that held him under that number the first time around, there’s a decent chance that that could be the case once again this week.
Rob Gronkowski Over 5.5 Receptions (+100): If you listen to what DC Wade Phillips has been saying over the course of the last few days, he might be sliding DB Johnathan Joseph, the best weapon in his secondary, down to guard either Gronk or TE Aaron Hernandez in the slot instead of leaving him on the outside, especially if WR Brandon Lloyd is proving to be a non-factor in the game. Joseph can’t cover them all though, and the middle of the Houston defense has been weak ever since LB Brian Cushing was knocked out of the lineup for the season early in the year. Gronk should be able to find plenty of space in the center of these defense when push comes to shove, and we would be surprised, especially after Hernandez had eight receptions the first time these two met, if Gronk didn’t end up getting at least six grabs in this game.
Aaron Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.