The Tennessee Titans will be looking to boost their shaky playoff hopes when they visit the streaking Houston Texans as 6.5-point underdogs on the Monday Night Football Thanksgiving odds.
Tennessee is coming off a demoralizing 38-10 loss in Indianapolis last week that leaves the squad in a tight five-way race for the second AFC wild card entering Monday night's matchup at NRG Stadium.
With a 5-5 straight up record the Titans find themselves entering Week 12 deadlocked with the Colts, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals in the hunt for the AFC's final playoff spot. However, the urgency to rack up wins is heightened in Tennessee, which trails its four rivals on tiebreakers, and is a +240 underdog to advance to the playoffs.
The Titans' desperate situation is further complicated by the uncertain status of quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota was limited in practice after suffering a neck injury in the team's Week 11 loss to the Colts as 1.5-point underdogs, and remains considered questionable ahead of Monday's contest.
And while Tennessee has limited the Texans to just 15 points per game in back-to-back wins on home turf, the Titans have struggled in recent visits to Houston, posting six straight outright losses capped by last year's lopsided 57-14 defeat by the Texans as 2.5-point underdogs.
Point production has been a real problem for the Titans during their road slide against the Texans. The squad has averaged just 16.5 points per game while surrendering 30 or more points on four occasions, leaving the Titans with a meagre 1-5 against the spread record during that stretch.
Small Total for Titans/Texans on NFL Week 12 Odds
Bettors taking the OVER have been regularly rewarded when the Titans visit Houston. The OVER has prevailed in totals betting in six of these teams' past seven dates at NRG Stadium. However, with the Texans allowing just over 17 points per game over their past three outings, the total for Monday night's contest sits at a short 41 on the NFL Week 12 betting odds.
Stingy defense has played a key role in the 7-0 SU run that the Texans take into their first appearance on Monday Night Football this season. Houston has held opponents to 17 or fewer points on four occasions during their march to the top of the AFC South standings.
DeAndre Hopkins has also proven to be a difference maker in Houston's rebound from a dismal 0-3 SU start. The Texans wide receiver has been a steady presence on the scoresheet during the team's win streak. Hopkins has reached the end zone seven times, including each of the past six outings, and is pegged as a -130 bet on the MNF Thanksgiving betting odds to extend that streak on Monday night.
Now perched with a 7-3 SU record, and with a two-game lead over both the Titans and Colts, Houston has rocketed to a comfortable -320 favorite to claim a third divisional crown in four years. The Texans have also climbed to a +1000 wager to win the AFC championship, and punch a ticket to the first Super Bowl berth in franchise history.
*Odds as of November 23, 2018