The Los Angeles Chargers are already in a position where they can’t afford to lose games against inferior teams. However, they were in a similar position late last season when they fell to the Houston Texans.
This season’s version of the Texans has been much more competitive of late – especially the defense. Can they surprise outright again or at least cash on the NFL betting odds?
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are in trouble. Most of their trouble comes from the fact that quarterback Justin Herbert is clearly injured and clearly well below 100 percent.
His rib injury suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 is limiting what he can do. Competent NFL defenses can adjust and take away the things he likes to do best.
The Los Angeles Chargers decided to play Herbert instead of resting him and trying to win with backup quarterback Chase Daniel.
The problem here is they don’t have a strong running game to rely on and maybe ease the burden. This is a pass-first team.
They were blasted by the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-10 last weekend in a game that was not particularly close once the Jags built a multiple-possession lead.
The only good news here is that the Texans don’t have an explosive offense. The Chargers should be in this game at all times. Whether they can pull it out and play to the level most people expect is another question.
The Houston Texans have had a great chance to win each of the first three games. They tied the Indianapolis Colts 20-20 after leading 20-3 midway through the second half.
They led the Denver Broncos 9-6 midway through the second half and were tied 20-20 with the Chicago Bears late in the game last week.
All three games easily and realistically could have been wins, but they let all three slip through their fingers. They blew the 17-point lead against the Colts, they couldn’t add any points against the Broncos in a 16-9 loss and the offense stalled in the fourth quarter in Chicago.
Finishing games and finishing offensive possessions in the fourth quarter are this team’s chief challenges.
Chargers vs Texans Injury Report
Chargers vs Texans Head-to-Head
The teams last met in December 2021. The Texans won 41-29 in a game that helped knock the Chargers out of the playoffs.
Los Angeles still had a chance to make the playoffs two weeks later but lost to the Raiders and was officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Chargers vs Texans Game Information
- Date: Oct. 2
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: NRG Stadium
- How to watch Chargers vs Texans? ESPN
Chargers vs Texans Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Chargers vs Texans Betting Lines
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Chargers vs Texans Prediction
The Chargers’ desperation might help them but, if you bet online, note that injuries will be a big factor here. Herbert isn’t 100%, Joey Bosa is out and the team lost left tackle Rashawn Slater as well.
At the same time, this just feels like a game they have to win. Laying five points in the sportsbook on the road seems like a lot, though.
Either take the Chargers in teasers for your NFL picks or on the Moneyline. They should win but Houston should cover.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.