The Houston Texans surprised a lot of people with their big win over the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football, but one local NJ sports bettor saw it coming.
The player, who was betting at DraftKings Sportsbook, wagered:
$565,000 on the Houston Texans over the New England Patriots
The Texans nearly led from wire-to-wire, producing an easy $452,000 win.
Bettor Takes Texans At +4 (-125)
If you’re a bit surprised to see the +4 number instead of the +3 or +3.5 that the line was at throughout most of the week, keep in mind that the NJ sports bettor either bought it up to +4 or played the slightly alternate number.
That explains why his winning sports bet payout was at -125 and not the usual -110.
Of course, this is quite common practice around key numbers like 2.5, 3 and 3.5 as NJ sportsbooks allow you to pay a little more juice in return for getting a better number on the point spread. That half-point might be the difference between winning and losing.
In this case, it wasn’t necessary as Houston led the entire way.
Texans Cut Through Patriots With Ease
The Patriots were a road favorite in this spot as they had won 10 of their first 11 games of the season entering this contest. Meanwhile, the Texans were merely 7-4 with most of the victories coming against teams with a losing record.
However, it was the Texans who looked dominant. Although they fell behind 3-0, back-to-back touchdowns shortly after put them in control for the game. The Patriots did manage to score 13 points late in the game but it was mostly a garbage time effort from a team that had mustered just nine points in their first three quarters.
The Patriots offense didn’t really get going until they were down 21-3 late in the third quarter. Tom Brady finished the day with 326 passing yards, three touchdowns, and an interception, but the stats are quite misleading. Brady had just 112 passing yards, no touchdowns, and one interception until late in the third quarter.
The Patriots offense has been off for a little while now as the unit that averaged 31.3 points per game during the team’s first eight games is nowhere to be found. They’re averaging just 18.0 points per game since.
Next up for the Texans is a visit from the Denver Broncos, who just picked up a win in rookie Drew Lock’s debut under center. The Texans are currently a 10-point favorite. Meanwhile, the Patriots have a big showdown at home with the Kansas City Chiefs next week. They’re currently a three-point favorite.