Bret Favre and the Minnesota Vikings will pay a visit to the Houston Texans for an NFL preseason game on Monday Night Football. Kickoff time in Houston is set for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN. LVSC NFL sports betting odds makers have set the opening numbers in this game and the Houston Texans opened 2 ½ point favorites with the over under coming in at 40 ½. The early money from the sports betting public has come in on the favorite, as the Houston Texans are currently a 3-½ point favorite. Sports bettors will find the total has been bet downward to 38 ½. NFL money line bettors can make an NFL bet on the favored Texans at –185 with the underdog Minnesota Vikings bringing back +165 to win without the aid of getting points.
As is custom in the NFL preseason, week number three is considered the dress rehearsal and the first team starters are expected to play into the third quarter. This aids in conditioning so the starters can get accustomed to going deep into games. Bret Favre saw action in only two series last week against the Kansas City Chiefs passing for only 4 yards on 1 of 4 passing. Favre is expected to play the entire first half but has plenty of work to do in getting acquainted with his receivers and running backs. Backup Sage Rosenfels missed last week’s game with a minor ankle injury but is expected to play in the second half to help win the backup job. Tavaris Jackson may be the odd man odd in Minnesota and could mop up late in the 4th quarter to try and showcase for a trade. Jackson was 12 of 15 passing last week for 202 yards and two passing touchdowns. On the Texans side Matt Schaub will get the start and has been sharp in preseason hitting on 18 of 23 for 167 yards and a touchdown this preseason. Backing up Schaub will be veteran Dan Orlovsky who is 20 of 37 with a touchdown and interception this preseason. The problem with the Texans the past few seasons have been their porous defense, which gave up 420 yards and 38 points to New Orleans last week.
NFL Trend: Houston Texans are 8-2 to the over in their past 10 NFL preseason games
The Wagerline consensus has 61.1% of the NFL bettors on Minnesota +3 1/2
The Wagerline consensus has 53.9% of the NFL bettors playing over 38 1/2