The Colts vs Texans week 1 matchup is an early division rival game between two teams that are complete opposites in the NFL.
The Houston Texans are going through a complete rebuilding of their team. They traded their controversial quarterback, Deshaun Watson, and are working with Davis Mills as the quarterback.
The Indianapolis Colts come into the new NFL season with a new quarterback in Matt Ryan. They traded Carson Wentz to the Commanders, then traded for Ryan with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Colts will also have Jonathan Taylor returning at running back, who was the top rusher last season.
They also bulked up their defense by getting Yannick Ngakoue and Stephon Gilmore. However, wide receiver T. Y. Hilton is a question mark for the team, as he may decide to retire before the start of the season. That would hurt the offense of the Colts a little, as it takes away an important weapon from Ryan.
How do Colts vs Texans Odds Work for this Matchup?
Vegas NFL odds are determined by oddsmakers and assigned to each team based on their likelihood of winning. Teams who are the underdog get some of the best odds on what is called the moneyline.
That is where gamblers only need to pick the team who will win the game outright. However, favored teams get the worst odds here, so don’t look for a big payday better on the team everyone thinks will win.
You can also find Vegas NFL odds on what’s called the NFL point spreads. This is where oddsmakers give nearly equal odds to teams based on the points given, or taken, from the team.
Teams who oddsmakers feel will cover the spread get lower odds, while the team least likely to cover get higher odds on the point spread.
A point spread wager requires the team to “cover” the spread. For example, if you get Texan at +9, that means if they lose by eight points or fewer, they cover.
However, if they lose by ten or more, they lose. If they lose by nine, it’s a push, and the gambler doesn’t win or lose any money.
There’s also an over/under of the total number of points scored for gamblers to wager on.
An over/under of 44.5 points means if both teams score 44 or fewer points, the game takes the under, while both teams scoring 45 points or more take the over.
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Prop bets for the Colts vs Texans week 1 matchup could have more appeal than the main wagering options for gamblers.
They are side bets that range in variety from player specific props to team props. With the variety found here, it could be interesting to wager money on prop bets.
Player props for Jonathan Taylor and his rushing yards or touchdowns could be a popular wager for gamblers.
Another could be the number of passing yards Matt Ryan will have in the game. You could even find a prop bet on the race to 20 points in this game, giving gamblers different options and good Vegas NFL odds.