NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting: Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints

The Houston Texans and the New Orleans Saints will meet in week three of the pre-season on Saturday. Both the Texans and Saints made the playoffs a season ago. Houston won the AFC South, and are once again favorites this season. New Orleans went 13-3 and won the NFC South. Despite losing their head coach, and a couple key players – the Saints are the favorites over Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay. The Texans are 2-0 in pre-season, while the Saints are 1-2.

For Houston, Gary Kubiak is excited to get his quarterback Matt Schaub back and healthy. Now for Arian Foster, if he stays healthy, Houston knows they have a dynamite offense. The Texans beat Carolina on the road in week 1 of the pre-season, and last week beat San Francisco. A season ago, Houston ranked as the third best defense against the pass, and fourth against the run. The Texans open the 2012 season on September 9th at home against the Miami Dolphins.

For New Orleans, they are playing their fourth pre-season game, following their Hall of Fame game to start the season. The Saints beat Arizona in the opener, but since then have lost to New England and Jacksonville. New Orleans signed Drew Brees over the off-season, which solidifies their top ranked offense. Brees threw for over 5,400 yards a season ago, and 46 touchdowns. New Orleans opens the season on September 9th at home with Washington.

Odds and Sports Betting Line

Houston Texans +3

New Orleans Saints -3

Free Prediction

This should be a pretty entertaining game. We expect many of the starters to get a bunch of time, as both teams prepare for their season opener. In the end, we expect the later groups of defenses to make the difference in the game. The Houston Texans have a better defense all around, which will help them with the win.

Prediction: Houston Texans 20-17

Free Pick:

It’s tough to pick against Drew Brees, but with it being a pre-season game, we know he cannot control the outcome completely. Look for Brees to play well, but then the Saints struggle when the starting group comes out. We are picking the Houston Texans to cover the 3 point spread, as underdogs.

Pick: Houston Texans +3



NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting: Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

In the third week of the pre-season, the Green Bay Packers will take on the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams made the postseason a season ago, with the Packers winning the NFC North, and Cincinnati slid in as a wildcard team. In the pre-season, the Packers come in with an 0-2 record, while the Cincinnati Bengals have won both of their games early in August.

The Bengals beat the Jets in week one of the pre-season, and then downed the Atlanta Falcons last week. Cincinnati’s defense has been solid in the pre-season, as they have allowed just 25 points in two games. Last season, the Bengals were led by the rookie combination of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. The combination is back this season, and look to improve they nearly 320 yards per game. The Bengals open the regular season on Monday Night Football at Baltimore.

For Green Bay, they are not concerned about their pre-season record. The Packers lost to San Diego in week one, and then the Browns scored 35 points last week. Green Bay hosts Kansas City in their pre-season finale on August 30th. The Packers are led by Aaron Rodgers, who tossed for over 307 yards per game a season ago. Green Bay is looking to improve their secondary defense, a unit that gave up a league high 299.8 yards per game last season. The Packers start the regular season September 9th against San Francisco.

Odds and Sports Betting Line

Green Bay Packers -3

Cincinnati Bengals +3

Free Prediction

The Packers know they need to start putting things together a little bit. Look for the top guys for Green Bay to get quite a bit of time in this one. The Packers offense will look like the dominant force they are in this game.

Prediction:  Green Bay Packers 27-17

Free Pick

Pre-season or not, it is hard to pick against the Green Bay Packers. We know that the Bengals have been good in the pre-season, but the Packers are a more talented team. We are picking the Green Bay Packers to win this game and cover the field goal spread over Cincinnati.

Pick: Green Bay Packers -3


NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting: San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans

In one of the top games of week two pre-season action, the San Francisco 49ers will battle against the Houston Texans. This game features two teams who made the postseason last year, and have high expectations once again in 2012. Both teams come into the game following a win, as the 49ers waxed Minnesota 17-6, while Houston took care of the Carolina Panthers 26-13. This game also features two of the best defenses from a season ago.

The San Francisco 49ers are looking to make their move one addition game this season. The 49ers fell short last year falling to New York in the NFC title game. The 49ers have a big match-up in week one against the Green Bay Packers, followed by a home game with Detroit. San Francisco has a ton of weapons offensively, but hope quarterback Alex Smith can stay on his feet. In the pre-season opener, Smith completed all 3 of his pass attempts. In the game, the vaunted San Francisco defense allowed Minnesota to pick up just slightly over 200 yards.

For Houston, Gary Kubiak is cautiously optimistic. He knows he will have to keep both Matt Schaub and Arian Foster healthy for the team to reach their maximum potential. That has not been an easy task over the years. Last season, Schaub missed the end of the season with an injury. Houston’s rush defense was the best a season ago, yielding just under 78 yards per game.

Odds and Sports Betting Line

San Francisco 49ers +3

Houston Texans -3

Free Prediction

This should be an interesting affair. Both teams are going to want to show that they are a force, one out of the AFC, the other out of the NFC. But, with pre-season games, teams are not going to want to play their starters too much. Look for Arian Foster to sit most of this game, setting the Texans back a bit. The San Francisco defense will be too much for Houston’s offense.

Prediction:  San Francisco 49ers 17-10

Free Pick

We are going to go against the odds makers here and take San Francisco. The 49ers have a ton of depth, so regardless on whether the top players play or not – the 49ers will have talented players on the field. We like San Francisco to not only cover the field goal spread, but also win this game outright and remain unbeaten in exhibition play.

Pick:  San Francisco 49ers +3

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