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Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions 11/26/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Houston Texans visit the Detroit Lions on 11/26/2020 at 12:30PM.

Houston and Detroit face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Houston has a record of 3-7 this season. Detroit is 4-6 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Houston Team Defense Preview

Houston yields 6.7 plays per drive, this defense gives up 40.0 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.58 points per offensive possession. On 44.7% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 4.9% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 26.8 and these drives usually take up 3:14 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 108.3 and 0.6% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Houston has caused a sack rate of 5.9% this season.

Examining Houston in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 134 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 65 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 48.5%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 12 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 7 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 58.3%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 40 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 24 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 60.0%.

Houston Team Offense Preview

Houston has 6.0 plays per drive, they generate 35.8 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.30 points per drive. On 42.0% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but 8.0% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 26.5 yard line, they usually take up 2:42 of time.

5.9% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Houston and on 1.5% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Houston has given up 26 sacks this season and there were 140 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 3.8 yards per carry and for 84.6 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 9 times this season.

Examining Houston in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 121 third down attempts this season and have converted 51 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 42.1%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 10 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 6 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 60.0%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 29 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 18 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 62.1%.

Detroit Team Defense Preview

Detroit faces 6.6 plays per drive, this defense gives up 38.3 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.64 points per offensive possession. On 43.3% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 9.6% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 26.4 yard line, they usually take up 3:05 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 97.2 and 2.0% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Detroit has forced a sack rate of 3.8% this season.

We will get more situational with Detroit and examine various situations. They have faced 128 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 59 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 46.1%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 13 fourth down attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 8 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 61.5%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 41 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and their opponents have converted 28 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 68.3%.

Detroit Team Offense Preview

Detroit has run 6.0 plays per drive and they generate 31.8 yards per drive, and they score 2.11 points per offensive possession. On 39.3% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 8.4% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 29.0 and these drives usually take up 2:36 of time.

5.0% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Detroit and on 2.2% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Detroit has yielded 27 sacks this season and this has resulted in 200 yards lost.

They rushed for 4.0 yards per carry and for 95.4 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 5 times this season.

Examining Detroit in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 126 third down attempts this season and have converted 49 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 38.9%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 12 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 7 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 58.3%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 36 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 21 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 58.3%.

The Houston Roster

The Players to Watch for Houston

The Detroit Roster

The Players to Watch for Detroit

Matthew Stafford QB 6-3 220

This season, Matthew Stafford has put up 2581 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 93.7thus far this season. Matthew Stafford has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Matthew Stafford has 82 rushing yards, which puts him in the 60.61 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 21 times this season, which puts him in the 60.61 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Adrian Peterson RB 6-1 220

This season, Adrian Peterson has 389 rushing yards on 104 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Adrian Peterson picked up 78 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 11 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Marvin Jones WR 6-2 199

This season, Marvin Jones picked up 455 yards. He caught the ball 37 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 5 receiving touchdowns this season.

Danny Shelton DT 6-2 345

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Detroit, Danny Shelton has 13 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 51.82 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Romeo Okwara DE 6-4 263

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Detroit, Romeo Okwara has 21 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 86.21 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1.0 fumbles this season.

Tracy Walker FS 6-1 210

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Detroit, Tracy Walker had 38 tackles which puts him in the 73.91 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Tracy Walker as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 20.34 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jeff Okudah CB 6-1 205

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Detroit, Jeff Okudah had 41 tackles which puts him in the 96.74 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeff Okudah as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 62.64 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Houston Texans 24 Detroit Lions 25

Spread Pick: Detroit +3 +102 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Detroit +156 matchbook
Total Pick: Under 51.5 -110 Will Hill