5* Vegas Insider on Arizona Cardinals -
Houston vs. Arizona,
11/10/2013 16:25 EDT,
Score: 24 - 27
Point Spread: -3/-116 Arizona
The Houston Texans have averaged just 14.7 points per game on the road this season. That is a full 10 points behind the offensive pace set by the Cardinals when playing at home. Arizona's 24 points per game scored in home games is a direct result of their solid running game and high pass completion percentage. The Cardinals average four yards per carry on the ground, and complete 64.9% of their pass attempts in home games.
The Texans offense has struggled at times with some very questionable quarterback play. However, they have been plagued by extremely poor defensive performances, especially in the second half. Houston blew a big lead last week against Indianapolis, and their defense has allowed 27.6 points per game overall this season. They have done a decent job defending the pass, but have struggled to stop the run allowing 4.2 yards per carry from opposing running backs this season.
The Texans are 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games, and they face a Cardinals team that is 5-0 ATS against a team with a losing record. This matchup also falls into a system to play against road underdogs less than three points when they average 60+ penalty yards per game when they are coming off a performance in which they dominated time of possession. This system is 48-22 against the spread.