|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the NFLNFL betting lines handicappers will have their choice of two young, up and coming contenders in the NFL betting matchup between the 49ers and Texans from Houston. NFL betting lines opened with the Houston Texans as 3 point favorites with a NFL betting total of 44 in this inter-conference affair.
The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a much needed bye week after their worst performance of the year versus the NFL betting lines in a 10-45 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons on October 11. The 49ers now have a NFL betting record of 3-2 straight up and 4-1 against the NFL football betting board.
The Houston Texans are coming off their best win of the season with the NFL betting lines as they beat the Cincinnati Bengals 28-17 as 4 point road dogs last Sunday. The Texans now have a NFL betting lines record of 3-3 both straight up and against the spread.
San Francisco 49ers top draft pick Michael Crabtree is expected to have a significant role in this matchup with the NFL betting lines as he has now had 3 weeks of practice with the team. Crabtree is expected to give the 49ers a much needed game breaker on offense. The Texans 3-3 start is tied for the best in team history. Houston entered the season as a favorite with the NFL betting lines to make the playoffs for the first time ever.
Houston quarterback Matt Schaub has an impressive QB rating of 102.7 with 1810 yards passing and a 14/5 touchdown to interception ratio. Houston’s ground attack must improve significantly, however, if the Texans are to have success with the NFL betting lines. The Texans rank 30th in rushing yards and that is putting more pressure on Schaub.
The 49ers defense will provide a good challenge to the Texans as it ranks 13th in points allowed and 7th against the rush. Coach Mike Singletary stresses a hard hitting punishing defense.