NFL Betting – Houston Texans (3-4) at Minnesota Vikings (3-4)

NFL betting odds show that the Minnesota Vikings are favored over the Houston Texans in Week 9 odds.

What might be surprising is that the Vikings are only favored by about 4 points in this football betting matchup. That is because the Texans have won three straight and look like a team on the rise while the Vikings have continually frustrated many NFL betting gamblers this season.

NFL betting history shows that Houston and Minnesota have met only once since the Texans came into existence. That was back in 2004 at Houston in a game the Vikings won 34-28 according to NFL betting numbers. The game went well over the NFL betting number as 62 points were scored.

The Vikings have actually been a decent home favorite in NFL betting since 2005, going 11-8 against the spread. The Texans haven’t been that great on the road as underdogs either according to NFL betting stats. They are just 11-14 in that role since 2005 according to football betting stats.

The problem for football betting gamblers in this game is trusting Minnesota laying points. Head coach Brad Childress inspires no confidence and quarterback Gus Frerotte is usually not a quarterback that gamblers support in NFL betting. The key for the Vikings will be getting Adrian Peterson to have a big day and for the secondary to play well. Houston has the capability to put up big numbers with quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson. That combination is a major problem for a Minnesota defense that struggles against the pass. The Vikings are coming off a bye and with most coaches that would mean an inspired effort but with Childress you never know. "There's nobody in this building that is happy with the standard right now that we're playing at," Childress said, "I think the good thing is that it's recognized by the members of this football team. They want to be better, they want to improve, they are all pulling for each other." Whether or not NFL betting gamblers will trust what Childress said is another story.

Looking at the NFL betting total there is not much to go on. Neither team has huge NFL betting trends that point to an over or an under in this game. The football betting total on this game is 45.

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