Houston @ San Diego: Texans favs for Qualcomm opener

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San Diego get their season underway with the first of this year’s Monday Night Football double-headers and find themselves priced as home underdogs for only the third time since 2008.

Mike McCoy’s men were less than impressive in pre-season – going 1-3 in four outings – and the betting suggests that the hangover from this poor preparation will carry over into the season proper.

The 17/10 price on a home win also comes courtesy of some poor displays at the tail end of last year.

The Chargers go into this tie with a 4-8 record from their last 12 games straight up, while their home performances have been less than encouraging too.

McCoy knows his side has run out losers in five of their last seven matches at the Qualcomm Stadium and the Californian, making his season debut as a head coach, will be wary of a Houston side that wins its fair share as visitors.

The Texans travel to Mission Valley having won six of their last nine on the road and their 13-5 record from their last 18 outings sees them rightly installed as 10/21 favourites for this curtain raiser.

To compound the Chargers’ misery, the hosts will be without starting wide man Danario Alexander, who picked up an injury in the off-season and will not be fit in time for San Diego’s week one tie.

With Gary Kubiak’s men odds-on to claim a victory, and a safe bet to justify those odds, many could be tempted to look elsewhere for more value.

This should point plenty of NFL fans to the under/over market, which offers odds of 10/11 with a line of 44.5.

While this is a relatively low line, it is worth noting that the total has gone under in four of the Texans last five games and in some 14 of the Chargers’ last 20 at home.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.