HOUSTON – Getting blown out 29-7 by perceived bottom-dweller Jacksonville has significantly lowered the opinion of the Houston Texans.
The defending AFC South champs are now underdogs to the Cincinnati Bengals for Thursday night’s game in the Queen City.
Cincinnati opened as a three-point favorite to beat the Texans according to OddsShark. This is a bit of a surprise. As bad as the Texans looked against the Jaguars, the Bengals were no better in getting shut out 20-0 by the Baltimore Ravens.
Injuries and uncertainty at quarterback for Houston likely play a big role here. All three Texans tight ends are expected to miss the game with concussions, as will starting inside linebacker Brian Cushing. In addition, coach Bill O’Brien has yet to declare a starting quarterback. There were early reports that Deshaun Watson would take over for Tom Savage but the team quickly refuted that any decision had been made.
Based on some of the current lines, the money is already flowing in on the Bengals. Several of the lines featured on OddsShark now have Cincinnati favored by at least four points.