The Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders are playing tonight on Monday Night Football from Mexico City. The game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. The NFL Odds for the game have the Raiders favored to pick up the victory by a handful in this one.
Total: 45 points
The NFL just doesn't seem to care about keeping the game inside its own borders. After jamming London games down our throats for several weeks in the regular season, now we have a couple of teams traveling south to Mexico to play a game. The brand and exposure might be great, but there are reports of the players not being able to order room service or leave the hotels and it just seems like a mess.
The Oakland Raiders are 7-2 on the season, they have won three straight games overall and six of the last seven as well. While many will look at Oakland as one of the "pretenders" in the NFL this season, Oakland's offense has been strong all year and the defense has been good enough to allow them to pile up the wins.
Offensively, Oakland ranks inside the Top 5 in passing yards (273) and rushing yards (128) per game this season. Derek Carr is an excellent young quarterback throwing to a group of strong receivers led by Amari Cooper. Carr has been a model of consistency this season, throwing only three interceptions as the Raiders are looking to move past the old problems that have plagued them. They still commit too many penalties and they need to get that figured out if they want to keep winning.
Houston is strong in home games, winning all five, but they're the only division leader in pro football that has actually been out-scored this season. The Texans are -27 on the season and they've been getting crushed in road games, losing by three touchdowns in games at New England, Minnesota and Denver.
Oakland is the better offensive team, they are strong in the turnover department (+9) and they will air it out tonight.
Free Pick: Raiders
Free Picks: Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders (Monday Night Football in Mexico)
Oakland's misleading record plus a surprising early line handicapped by Pro Bettor Steve Fezzik - with Brad Powers from the Pregame.com Studios in Las Vegas. NFL Pro Football Free Pick: Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders - Monday Night Football in Mexico.
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