NFL Parlay Week 3: Houston Texans vs Los Angeles Chargers

    September 17, 2019 | Football Sports 2019 NFL Parlay Week 3

    After a thrilling way to open the 2019 NFL season with a win over the Indianapolis Colts in overtime in Week 1, the Los Angeles Chargers got ambushed by the Detroit Lions in Motown.

    Now, the Bolts take aim at a return in the win column with a road game against the Houston Texans, who are coming off a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. This time, the Texans’ defense will not be dealing with a rookie quarterback. Instead, it will have its hands full against a veteran in Philip Rivers.

    Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at this showdown between the Chargers and the Texans.

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    Texans vs Chargers Week 3 game preview

     
    When: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 4:25 PM ET
    Where: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson
    NFL Odds: Houston Texans (+3.5) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5)
     

    What to know about the Houston Texans (1-1)

     
    The Texans finally found their way into the win column with a close 13-12 win at home over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. The Texans struggled to get things going on offense, thanks to the Jags’ stingy defense combined by Houston’s porous offensive line.

    Quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 159 yards (16/29) without a  touchdown. He scored the lone Texans touchdown in the game with a rushing TD on four carries. Houston’s pass protection has seemingly not improved at all over the offseason, as Watson was sacked four times by Jacksonville — the eighth straight time in which he was taken down at least four times in a game.

    After allowing 30 points to the New Orleans in Week 1, the Texans did a more admirable job defensively against the Jags, though,it has to be viewed within the context of the fact that Jacksonville had a rookie quarterback drafted in the sixth round under center.

    Still, Watson is surrounded by lethal weapons. The receiving corps got deeper with the addition of Kenny Stills via a trade with the Miami Dolphins. Watson is staring at a chance to rebound, as the Chargers just surrendered 245 passing yards and two touchdowns to the Detroit Lions.
     

    What to know about the Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)

     
    The Chargers are kicking themselves in the head after missing out on a chance to open the 2019 NFL season with a 2-0 SU record. Instead, they are 1-1 SU after suffering a 13-10 road loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday. The Chargers could have gone home with a victory, but punter Ty Long, who was filling in for the injured Michael Badgley, missed two field goals which ultimately spelled the difference in the game.

    The Chargers continue to get by the still ongoing hold out of running back Melvin Gordon. Austin Ekeler had 66 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries against the Lions. Justin Jackson added 59 more on seven rushing attempts. The Chargers remain a pass-heavy squad, with Philip Rivers running the show.

    If the Chargers’ offensive line can hold off JJ Watt and the Texans’ pass rush, Rivers could have a big outing opposite Houston’s defense that is only 23rd so far this season with 270.0 passing yards allowed per game. The Chargers have some hurt bodies to deal with following the Dolphins game.

    Safety Derwin James and left tackle Russell Okung are nursing foot and respiratory problems, respectively, while tight end Hunter Henry is likely to miss more weeks with a knee injury.

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      • With Henry out for at least a few weeks, Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams will continue to be a main beneficiary in the passing attack. Williams is mostly a touchdown and big-play dependent asset, but Rivers may start looking at him more. Williams had 83 receiving yards on three receptions and five targets in Week 2.

     

    • Texans running back Carlos Hyde’s value got a bump after rushing 20 times for 90 yards against the Jags. He was mostly the one Texan doing work on the ground, though, he wasn’t targeted at all in the passing game.

     

    Betting trends

     

    • The Texans are 4-1-2 ATS in their last seven road games.
    • The Chargers are 7-3 SU in their last 10 home games.

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