Chargers vs. Texans: Betting odds and picks against the spread

The Chargers and Rams have big games in very different ways in Week 4. The Chargers need to get back to .500 by beating the winless Texans. Here’s a look at how to approach the game from a betting perspective.

Chargers (-5, 44) at Houston Texans

Brandon Staley’s decision to let his injured quarterback play in the fourth quarter of a blowout was a story big enough to distract people from just how poorly the defense played against the Jaguars. Justin Herbert certainly wasn’t great, going 25 of 45 for 297 yards with a touchdown and a pick, but the Chargers allowed Trevor Lawrence and the Jags a total of 413 yards of offense. The end result should have been even worse, but the Jaguars settled for three short field goals in the second quarter.

Herbert’s injury and wasted effort deflected some of the blame by becoming a inflammatory topic of conversation, but the reality is the MVP nominee doesn’t play defense. The Chargers haven’t been putting constant pressure on the quarterback, and that task is made even more difficult with Joey Bosa on injured reserve. Star cornerback JC Jackson has been on the injury report for most of the season as opposing QBs completed two-thirds of their passes. Los Angeles has not forced a turnover in its last two games, conceding 65 points to the Chiefs and Jaguars.

Does everything change this week against a Texas team that is clearly not on par with teams the Chargers have played so far? The injury report is still ugly as Herbert is still clearly battered but Jackson is questionable, Keenan Allen and Donald Parham Jr. are also questionable and now Herbert is likely to face Rashawn Slater left without a star for the remainder of the season.

All of this keeps the Chargers a five-point straight favorite against an underdog. As injured as they are, this should be a fruitful journey to the Lone Star State, but winning by six points or more may prove difficult. This is a place for the Chargers to try and get the running game on track. Houston has conceded 5.6 yards per carry so far.

Given the limited explosive game potential given the Chargers’ injuries and the Texans’ lackluster offensive performance so far, the Unders looks like the safest game here.

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