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Texans vs Broncos Prediction, Odds & Betting Trends for NFL Week 2 Game on FanDuel Sportsbook (Sept 18)

Devon Platana
Houston Texans vs Denver Broncos prediction, odds and betting trends for NFL regular season game.
Houston Texans vs Denver Broncos prediction, odds and betting trends for NFL regular season game. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Texans vs Broncos Week 2 Game Info

2022 NFL Regular Season Game
Houston Texans (0-0-1, 0-0 Away) vs. Denver Broncos (0-0, 0-0 Home)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Venue: Empower Field at Mile High — Denver, CO
Coverage: CBS

Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season includes a showdown between the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos. The Texans surprised a lot of people in Week 1 by managing to end their divisional clash with the Indianapolis Colts in a 20-20 tie. It was quite a busy day for Houston's defense, which recorded 53 tackles while spending 39:37 on the field.

As of this writing, the Broncos have yet to play their Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks. Still, Denver is viewed as a potential Super Bowl favorite this season while Houston was one of the worst teams in the NFL last year. In other words, this is one of the more lopsided matchups on the Week 2 slate.

Texans vs Broncos Odds & Spread

All NFL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: HOU: (+380) | DEN: (-490)
Spread: HOU: +10.5 (-112) | DEN: -10.5 (-108)
Total: 45.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)


Updated (Sunday, Sept. 18, 12:25 p.m. EST): The Broncos enter this contest as heavy home favorites on the moneyline and spread on FanDuel Sportsbook's updated odds. The total has increased two points since the lines opened and is now about average compared to other games on the Week 2 slate.

Texans vs Broncos Prediction & Pick

It's great that the Texans' defense showed up in Week 1, but the offense needs to do the same if they're going to upset the Broncos. Houston's run game averaged only 2.8 yards on 28 carries while all of its pass-catchers had 38 or fewer receiving yards except for Brandin Cooks (82).

Considering Denver's superior talent on both sides of the ball, I don't think Houston has what it takes to keep up. The Broncos are capable of exploiting the Texans' defense on the ground and through the air, so things could get out of hand fast.

With the hometown support on their side, I expect the Broncos to win in Russell Wilson's home debut.

Final Score Prediction: Broncos: 35 | Texans: 16

Texans vs Broncos Betting Trends

- Houston is 3-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last eight games against Denver.
- Denver is 3-8 straight up in its last 11 games played in September.
- The total has hit the under in five of Houston's last eight games against Denver.
- The total has hit the under in eight of Denver's last 11 games.

Texans vs Broncos Best Bet

The Texans don't have the offensive pieces to keep up with the Broncos. I don't expect this game to be close at all as Wilson should be able to pick apart Houston's secondary, enabling Denver to run up the score and cover the spread.

Bet: Denver Broncos -10.5 (-108)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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