Sunday, October 9, 2016
TCF Bank Stadium
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The Houston Texans take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium. The opening line for this game has Minnesota as 6 point favorites and the over/under was set at 39.5. The Texans are 3-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 1-3-0. The Vikings have an over/under record of 1-3-0 and they are 4-0-0 against the spread.
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Brock Osweiler finished with 254 yards through the air for Houston last week. He completed 25 passes out of 37 attempts for a 68% completion percentage. The Texans were led in rushing by Lamar Miller, who finished with 82 yards on 19 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Will Fuller was the team leader in receiving with a total of 81 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. As a team in that game Houston got a total of 21 first downs. Of those first downs, 6 came on the ground while 13 came through the air. They ran 62 total plays for 359 yards for the game. The Texans ran for 115 yards on 24 attempts.
Sam Bradford finished with 262 yards passing for Minnesota last week. He went 26 for 36, resulting in a 72% completion percentage. The Vikings were led on the ground by Jerick McKinnon, who finished with 85 yards on 18 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Charles Johnson led the team in receiving with 70 yards and 2 catches. He finished the game with an average of 35 yards per reception. Minnesota had 22 first downs total. 6 came from running the ball and 14 came from a pass. They ran 69 total plays for 366 yards for the contest. The Vikings ran for 104 yards on 33 carries as a team.
Houston scores 17 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 29th in the NFL. In the passing department, they average 23 passes on 37 attempts for a 62% completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 222 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 26th in the league. The Texans run for an average of 113 yards per game on 30 attempts for an average of 3.8 yards per carry. That ranks them 12th in the league. They also run 68 plays per contest and average 4.9 yards per play for an average of 335 yards per game, ranking their offense 24th overall this season. The Texans average 18 first downs per game which ranks them 28th in the NFL. They accumulate 53.8 penalty yards per game via 5.8 penalties, which ranks 29th in the league.
Houston allows 163 passing yards per game, ranking 1st, and they allow 18 points per contest on defense, which ranks 8th. They give up 15 completions on 29 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 52%. The Texans allow 125 rushing yards per game on 28 carries for an average of 4.5 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 27th in the NFL. Houston allows 288 total yards per game including 4.9 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 5th in terms of yards per game. They get flagged for 6.8 penalties for 53.8 yards per game, ranking them 12th among NFL teams.
Minnesota averages 22 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 16th in the league. In the passing department, they complete 21 passes per game on 32 attempts for a 66% completion percentage. They throw for 226 yards through the air per game, ranking them 24th. The Vikings run for an average of 64 yards per game on 27 attempts for an average of 2.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 32nd on the ground. They also run 60 plays per game and average 4.9 yards per play for a total of 291 yards per game, ranking them 31st in the league on offense. The Vikings get an average of 16 first downs per game, which ranks 30th. They average 63.8 penalty yards per game via 7 penalties, ranking them 14th in the NFL.
Minnesota allows an average of 224 passing yards per game, which ranks 9th in the league. Their defense overall allows 13 points per contest, which has them ranked 2nd. They give up 23 completions on 40 attempts for a completion percentage of 58% per game. The Vikings allow 83 rushing yards per contest on 23 carries for a 3.6 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 8th in the NFL. Minnesota allows 306 total yards per game for an average of 4.6 yards per play, which ranks 7th in the league. They force 6.5 penalties for 54 yards in each contest, ranking 11th.
Houston Betting Trends
Houston is 1-3-0 against the over/under this season
Houston has an ATS record of 3-1-0 this season
Minnesota Betting Trends
Minnesota is 1-3-0 against the over/under this season
Minnesota has an ATS record of 4-0-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/03/16 T Duane Brown Knee "?" Sunday vs. Minnesota
10/02/16 WR Braxton Miller Hamstring "?" Sunday vs. Minnesota
10/02/16 TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Knee injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. Minnesota
10/02/16 TE Stephen Anderson Hamstring "?" Sunday vs. Minnesota
09/30/16 DE J.J. Watt Back IR
09/30/16 RB Jonathan Grimes Fibula out indefinitely
08/31/16 K Ka'imi Fairbairn Quad IR
08/31/16 S Kurtis Drummond Leg IR
08/31/16 S Lonnie Ballentine Knee PUP
08/31/16 G Nick Martin Ankle IR
10/03/16 T Andre Smith Elbow injured last game, "?" Sunday vs. Houston
10/03/16 TE David Morgan Knee "?" Sunday vs. Houston
09/23/16 DT Sharrif Floyd Knee out indefinitely
09/21/16 T Matt Kalil Hip IR
09/19/16 RB Adrian Peterson Knee IR
08/31/16 T Mike Harris Undisclosed PUP
08/30/16 QB Teddy Bridgewater Knee IR
08/11/16 QB Taylor Heinicke Foot out indefinitely
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