The Houston Texans are aiming for the Super Bowl while the Chargers are on a rebuild mode. The differences in goals are not stopping the teams from getting that Week 1 victory to start the 2013 regular season on the right track.
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub
The Texans have made the postseason twice in the last two years, and their title aspirations are not far-fetched as they still have NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watts, who led the NFL 2012 in total sacks (20 ½).
Houston has also acquired safety Ed Reed and will have the returning linebacker Brian Cushing, who missed most of the 2012-2013 season because of an ACL injury.
Also back in action, but could be limited, is running back Arian Foster who’s still struggling with back and calf injuries.
Meanwhile, the Chargers have a new head coach in Mike McCoy, making his debut on Monday Night Football. McCoy, who replaced Norv Turner, is Denver’s offensive coordinator in his most recent job before his head coaching gig at San Diego.
The Chargers have Philip Rivers under center and acquired veteran pass-rusher Dwight Freeney in the off-season.
Curiously, it is San Diego who holds the head-to-head advantage in the last four meetings going 4-0 in this stretch.
Houston vs. San Diego Trends
Texans – Against the Spread (ATS)
- Texans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Texans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 MNF games
- Texans are 15-6-2 ATS in their last 23 games vs. NFC East
Chargers – Against the Spread (ATS)
- Chargers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games vs. AFC teams
- Chargers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1
- Chargers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games
Houston Texans vs. San Diego Chargers Live Streaming (Links added when available)
Final Score: Texans 31, Chargers 28
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