Philadelphia Eagles vs. Houston Texans Picks, Predictions, Odds

Week 9 of the NFL season will kick things off on Thursday night with what’s expected to be a lopsided non-conference clash between the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans. Coverage begins from NRG Stadium in Houston at 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime.

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The Texans are off to an underwhelming start under new head coach Lovie Smith, as Houston scored just 16.6 PPG and allowed 22 PPG across a 1-5-1 skid to open the season, which includes a tie-win combo in matchups against the Colts and Jaguars, plus a handful of ugly losses by a nine-point average margin of defeat.

The Eagles, on the other hand, have arguably been the best team in football through the first eight weeks of the season, as Philly racked up 28 PPG and allowed just 16.9 PPG across a perfect 7-0 start to the year, with five of those wins coming by 8+ PTS.

I’ll take the over here, as the Eagles scored 24+ PTS in six-of-seven contests to open the season, with their lowest scoring output across that span coming in a 20-17 road win over Arizona in Week 5. And while the Texans’ offense hasn’t exactly been anything to write home about, they still scored 20+ PTS in four of their first seven matchups. So, I think we’ll see them find a decent amount of success against a Philly squad that escaped with narrow three-point victories in two-of-three road matchups thus far.

Score Prediction: Eagles 28, Texans 20
Best Bet: Over 44 (-110)


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Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022
Matchup: NFC East vs. AFC South
Venue: NRG Stadium
Location: Houston, Texas
Time-TV: Amazon Prime, 8:15 p.m. ET


The Eagles are the only undefeated team left in the league entering Week 9, as the Bills, Vikings, and Giants are currently tied for second on the totem pole at 6-1, which is closely followed by the Chiefs and Titans both sitting 5-2.

You can’t really blame the Eagles for beating the teams on their schedule, however, it’s fair to say that Philly hasn’t been tested yet, highlighted by the Birds’ triumphant 7-0 start consisting of wins over the Lions, Jaguars, Steelers, Commanders, Vikings, and Cowboys (without Dak Prescott).

So, it’s tough to evaluate how they actually stack up against perennial powerhouses, but in matchups against bottom-dwellers like Houston, I think we’ll see Jalen Hurts and co. continue to thrive.

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The Eagles are 5-1 SU in their last six road games. (Getty)


Houston posted a relatively encouraging 0-2-1 start to the season, as the Texans’ defense kept things competitive by allowing just 19.7 PPG in their first three matchups against the Colts, Broncos, and Bears to open, while offensively, also scoring 20+ PTS in two of those three contests.

However, their defense has been incredibly inconsistent since that point, as the Texans surrendered 34+ PTS in matchups against the Chargers and Raiders in Weeks 4 and 7 (36 PPG), compared to their defense allowing 17 PTS or less in matchups against the Jaguars and Titans in Weeks 5 and 8 (11.5 PPG).

The Texans’ defense held its own in their three AFC South matchups plus their matchup against the Broncos, however, they really struggled in their other three affairs, as Houston surrendered 31.7 PPG across matchups against the Bears, Chargers, and Raiders, and I think we’ll see more glimpses of the latter against a very solid Eagles squad on Thursday night.


  • The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
  • The Eagles are 7-0 SU in their last seven games.
  • The Texans are 1-5 SU in their last six games.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of Houston's last five games against Philadelphia.
  • The Texans are 1-9-1 SU in their last 11 home games.
  • The Eagles are 5-0 SU in their last five games against Houston.
  • The Eagles are 5-1 SU in their last six road games.

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