The Houston Texans (1-5-1, 0-2-1 Home) host the Philadelphia Eagles (7-0, 3-0 Away), who will be seeking to remain unbeaten, at NRG Stadium on Thursday. The Eagles are 14-point favorites, and the total is 45.
Philadelphia is coming off an impressive 35-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, their seventh straight victory. Jalen Hurts was 19 of 28 for 285 yards and four touchdowns. Miles Sanders ran nine times for 78 yards and a touchdown.
A.J. Brown was targeted 11 times, catching six passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Houston lost 17-10 to the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on Sunday.
Davis Mills threw for 152 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Dameon Pierce carried 15 times for 35 yards. Brandin Cooks caught four receptions for 73 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since December 2018, a 32-30 win for the Eagles.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Eagles are averaging 28.0 points per game for the season, third in the NFL, and they are facing a Texans defense that has surrendered 22.0 PPG (17th). Meanwhile, Houston has scored 16.6 points a game this season, 29th in the league, and Philadelphia is allowing 16.9 PPG (4th).
The Eagles rank 10th in the league in passing yards per game (260.3) and sixth in rushing (149.6). Look for them to exploit a matchup advantage on the ground, as the Texans are worst in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (186.0). Against the pass, Houston is 16th (228.4). Houston is 25th in the league in passing yards per game (214.6) and 26th in rushing (92.4).
Philadelphia’s defense is likely to present a challenge through the air, as the Eagles are 5th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (206.9). Against the run, the Eagles are 15th (114.7). Houston ranks as the one of the lowest volume red zone offenses in the NFL, advancing inside the 20-yard-line only 2.1 times per game (33rd) and scoring a touchdown on 53% of those possessions (19th).
Through seven games, Jalen Hurts has thrown for 10 touchdowns (2 INT) and 257.0 yards per game to lead Philadelphia in passing. In three away games this season, he has three TDs and an average of 274.0 yards passing. Miles Sanders leads the team in rushing with an average of 80.4 yards a game over seven games.
He has five touchdowns on the ground. A.J. Brown is the Eagles’ leading receiver with 94.1 yards a game and five TDs. He is averaging 5.6 receptions on 9.1 targets per game.Davis Mills has eight passing touchdowns (6 INT) with 214.6 yards per game through seven games to lead Houston. In three home games this season, he has thrown for five TDs (3 INT) and an average of 212.7 yards.
Dameon Pierce has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 77.0 yards a game through seven games. He has four total touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving. Brandin Cooks has been the primary target in the Texans’ aerial attack. He has one touchdown and a 50.6 yard per game average through seven appearances. Brandin Cooks is averaging 7.6 targets per game (4.6 receptions).
HOME AND AWAY
Philadelphia has yet to suffer defeat away from Lincoln Financial Field this season in three games. Houston is looking to win at home for the first time this season.
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Philadelphia Eagles (-750)
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