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Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans Tips - Back over total points in Houston

  • NFL Week 1 is scheduled at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday (18:00 BST)
  • The Jaguars went 1-2 in the pre-season
  • The Texans had a 2-1 record in the pre-season
  • The Texans won both meetings against the Jaguars last season
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The Texans host the Jaguars at NRG Stadium in their season opener (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Nothing much is expected of the Texans and Jags this year, but this still shapes as an intriguing AFC South divisional battle to start the season on Monday.

All eyes will be on No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence in his regular season debut, while the Texans will start Tyrod Taylor in Deshaun Watson’s absence.

As the spread suggests, this is a very evenly matched game between two sides that could easily wind up picking top five again next year, but as far as betting is concerned, I think backing a high-scoring game is probably the safest play.

Jacksonville and Houston both finished second and third respectively in defensive yards allowed last year, and I don’t think either side has really improved on that front.

While neither roster represents anything to get excited about, there are also a number of playmakers set to take the field in the likes of David Johnson, Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks, D.J. Chark, and James Robinson.

Verdict

You also can’t discount Lawrence enjoying a 300+ yard day in his debut, or even Houston’s underrated ground game running riot, so I’m happy to watch this one play out and take the Over.

Best Bet: Over 44.5 Total Points @-111.11 at BetMGM - 1 Unit

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