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It’s a busy night across all sports, as the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals kick off Week 2 on Thursday Night Football, while college football continues and the pennant race continues to boil in Major League Baseball. It’s a great time to be a bettor, as this time of year presents all kinds of betting opportunities.
- Texans (+6) over Bengals
The Texans turn to rookie Deshaun Watson under center after Tom Savage was a complete train wreck in the first half of the team’s opening game loss to the Jaguars. Watson wasn’t much better, but he was able to engineer at least one scoring drive. If Houston is to be successful, they need to provide better protection. The Texans allowed 10 sacks to the Jaguars’ pass rush in Week 1.
It was hard to be worse than the Texans offensively, but the Bengals easily eclipsed them. Cincinnati was blanked at home by the Baltimore Ravens, 20-0. As such, it’s hard to believe they’re installed as a six-point favorite. While the Texans have a dismal 0-7 ATS mark over their past seven appearances on Thursday, the Bengals could be the elixir to cure their Thursday Night Football ills. Houston is a perfect 4-0 ATS in their past four trips to Cincinnati, while going 7-2 ATS in the past nine meetings overall. As an added bonus, the ‘under’ has hit in each of the past four meetings in this series.
- Boise State (-14 1/2) vs. New Mexico
The Broncos of Boise State blew a 31-10 lead last week on the Palouse, as Washington State stormed back for a 47-44 victory in double-overtime. While the Broncos covered for the second time in as many outings, it will be interesting to see how they respond in their return to the Smurf Turf against a familiar foe.
Boise State went to Albuquerque last season and routed the Lobos by a 49-21 score, covering an 18 1/2- point number. However, they did suffer a 31-24 setback on Nov. 14, 2015, as 31-point favorites in the last meeting in Boise. The Lobos look far from a team being able to spring an upset of that magnitude, however. They posted a 38-14 win against Abilene Christian in the opener, but were tripped up at home by rival New Mexico State last weekend. While they lost by just two points, 30-28, they fell behind in the game by a 30-5 count against a team perennially near the bottom of the FBS. An angry Boise State team should roll on their home turf.
- Red Sox over Athletics (-1 1/2, -110)
The Red Sox host the Athletics at Fenway Park and they have, arguably, one of their most consistent pitchers on the bump. Drew Pomeranz is 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA with 63 strikeouts over 63 1/3 innings in 11 outings since the All-Star break, posting a sparkling .234 opponent batting average.
While the A’s have turned in six victories over their past seven against a team with a winning record, they’re just 12-49 over their past 61 tries against a left-handed starting pitcher on the road, 2-8 in their past 10 road games against a winning team and 1-4 in Daniel Gossett’s past five starts against a team with a winning mark. They’re also 4-9 in their past 13 against AL East foes. The Red Sox are 6-1 in Pomeranz’s past seven starts at Fenway, while the A’s are just 17-43 in their past 60 treks to Beantown.
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