(101) Houston vs. Cincinnati (102)
PICK: sportsinteraction @ -3 CIN (-120)
DATE: September 14, 2017 - 8:25 PM
STAR RATING: 10.0
EXPERT: Ben Burns
EVALUATION: Loss (-1200) - Final Score HOU 13 at CIN 9
I'm playing on CINCINNATI. These teams have faced each other each of the past two seasons. In each case, the Texans won a close one. I like the Bengals chances of avenging those losses on Thursday. Both teams struggled mightily in their opener. The Bengals lost 20-0 against Baltimore. Houston was beaten 29-7 by Jacksonville. I won't try and say one was better than the other. However, I do like the fact that the Bengals, 3-1 ATS their last four off a division loss, will be at home for the second straight week. Playing on a short week is rarely easy and that can particularly be the case early on the season. Travel can make it even more difficult. You may recall the Texans playing a Thursday night road game last September; they lost 27-0. They're 0-2 SU/ATS on Thursdays the past couple of seasons. The Bengals also played a Thursday game last September. Like they are here, they were at home for that one. They won 22-7. As of this writing, it still remains to be seen whether the Texans will start Savage or Watson. They might not have a choice, however, as Watson was seen limping after the loss to the Jags. (He did have a limited practice Monday.) Regardless of who is behind center for Houston, I like Dalton's chances of responding with a bounce-back effort better than either of the Houston pivots. Bengals get some payback.