Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans Odds: Deandre Hopkins and J.J. Watt poised to Heap More Misery in Texans Revenge Game

The Houston Texans are the quintessential longshot bet for their date with the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7 of the NFL, which has the bonus of a reunion with former Texans De'Andre Hopkins and J.J. Watt. Can the Texans defy the overwhelming NFL odds?
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Sat, October 23, 7:24 AM EDT | 4 min read
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Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans Odds: Deandre Hopkins and J.J. Watt poised to Heap More Misery in Texans Revenge Game

Date: Sunday 24, 2021

Game Time: 4:25 PM ET

Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale

Where to Watch: CBS

Houston Texans Record: 1-5-0 SU, 3-3-0 ATS

 Arizona Cardinals Record: 6-0-0 SU, 5-1-0 ATS

Texans vs. Cardinals Odds

Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans Betting Preview

The Houston Texans are down in the dumps and riding a five-game losing skid into Week 7. Most recently, they were steamrolled by the Indianapolis Colts 31-3 at the Lucas Oil Stadium. 

The Arizona Cardinals are soaring behind a perfect start to the season, reeling off six straight wins to emerge as the lone undefeated team in the league. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are coming off a 37-14 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday – their fourth win of 12 points or more. 

No two franchises could be headed in more opposite directions than these two. The Texans have headed straight back to the drawing board for a total overhaul this offseason, while the Cardinals, in all likelihood, are playoff-bound unless something unforeseen happens between now and the end of the regular season.

Hence, there are no surprises in the market for this game. The Cardinals, quite rightly, are runaway favorites across the NFL odds board, laying 17.5-points to the Texans since open doors. The total is projected at 47.5 points, up half a point since Sunday.

Houston Texans Odds & Overview

The Houston Texans are in 1-5 straight up (SU) and 3-3-0 against the spread (ATS) through the first six games of the season. Tyrod Taylor started the season for the Texans, delivering a season-opening win that defied the NFL odds. However, following a hamstring injury in Houston's contest against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 that sidelined the veteran signal-caller for the foreseeable, the Texans' campaign took a nosedive. 

Rookie quarterback Davis Mills was thrown into the mix with little preparation, and while he's shown glimpses of potential, it's nowhere nearly enough, as evinced by their record. Doubt, frustration, and disappointment appears to be creeping in as the rookie is coming off one of his worst performances. 

The Texans lost 31-3 to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6, failing to cover as the whopping 11.5-point home underdogs. Mills went 29 of 43 for 243 yards and two interceptions. Running back, Mark Ingram II led the team with 73 yards rushing while wide receiver Brandon Cooks led the team with 89 yards receiving, but none of the yardage by the pair or their counterparts were converted meaningfully. 

Arizona Cardinals Odds & Overview

Cleveland defensive end Myles Garret, channeling the spirit of Halloween, though it would be motivating – if not funny – to put a tombstone for Kyler Murray on his front lawn ahead of the game, alongside the tombstones for other quarterbacks the Browns have beaten to date. Murray didn't take kindly to his former Texas A&M teammate's humor, but he let his game do the talking as he led the Cardinals to a commanding and lopsided 37-14 win. 

The Arizona Cardinals are enjoying a banner season behind Murray's stellar play. Not for nothing, Murray is earning deserved early MVP consideration on the MVP odds board and giving his peers a run for their money in the race to the coveted award.

The Cardinals are unbeaten through the first six weeks of the season, and they're 5-1-0 ATS, too – the only cover the Cards missed in Week 2. Arizona closed as the 4-point home chalk but failed to cover in the 34-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans Odds

Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans Betting Preview & Predictions

At the face of it, this is a matchup between two teams enjoying contrasting fortunes this season. The fact that DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt will be reuniting with their former team is just a backstory that adds an element of drama to an otherwise mismatched affair. A way to drum up interest in a game that is likely to be an easy win for the hosts. 

It's not going to be a level playing field between the Texans and Cardinals at all. So, it's no surprise that the books have gone to press with the biggest point spread of the week and that the public is more or less lapping it up. According to early consensus betting reports, the Cardinals are taking around 60 percent of the betting.

Laying 17.5 points is a lot in most cases, but in this particular matchup, it may not even be enough. If Carson Wentz and the Colts could carve up the Texans in a 31-3 victory to improve to a 2-4 record on the season, it doesn't bear thinking about what the undefeated Cardinals can do. 

NFL Picks: Cardinals -17.5

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