NFL Week 6 Picks: St. Louis Rams vs. Houston Texans

St. Louis Rams vs. Houston Texans
Sunday, 10/13/13, 1:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Houston -7
Current Betting Line:  Houston -7.5
Opening Total:  43
Current Total:  42.5
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The Houston Texans need QB Matt Schaub to protect the football

St. Louis will be aiming for its second consecutive win over an AFC South opponent, as it comes off a 34-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars as 11-point home favorites last Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Rams forced three turnovers and got three touchdown passes from quarterback Sam Bradford, which is important to consider when looking over the pro football odds page.  The visiting team has won each of the first two meetings in this non-conference series.  St. Louis is 0-3 SUATS as underdogs during the 2013 campaign.

The Rams have picked up just three interceptions this season, and may be without the services of top cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who is dealing with a thigh injury.  St. Louis has also given up a league-worst 169.3 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks.  Bradford has been sacked 13 times and completed only 54.5 percent of his passes in the team’s last three affairs.

Houston has dropped three games in a row, including a 34-3 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers as four-point road underdogs in Week 5, while going UNDER the betting total of 43.  The Texans have out-gained all five of their opponents this season, which can’t be ignored when making your NFL betting picks.  Offensively, the team is standing by embattled quarterback Matt Schaub, who has thrown an interception in all five games this season.  Houston is 2-1 SU and 1-1-1 ATS as home favorites of 7.5 to 10 points since 2011.

The Texans have tallied 14 sacks on the defensive end, which ranks tied for 11th in the NFL in that category.  It’s important to point out that opposing teams have passed against this unit just 135 times, which means the team leads all teams with a 10.4 sack rate.  Defensive ends J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith have combined for six sacks this year, while outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus leads the team with 4.5.  Houston has been outscored by a 87-32 margin during its three-game losing streak.

Sports bettors will find that the Texans are 7-0 ATS at home off back-to-back losses in their last seven opportunities.

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