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Houston Texans 2010 Odds

Is this the year the Houston Texans finally put it all together and make the playoffs?

For several seasons now, Houston has made lots of noise for a team that still hasn’t played a single playoff game. The Texans have built a flashy offense and made some noteworthy late-season runs yet continue to disappoint anyone who takes a chance on them at places like Sportsbook.com. After another close-but-no-cigar season in 2009, will the Texans finally deliver on their promise in 2010? Texans Odds to win Division: +350 Texans Regular Season Win Total: 8 (OV -160, UN +140) Texans Super Bowl Odds: 40 to 1 When looking at the Texans’ posted win total of eight for 2010, optimistic bettors will think they’re taking candy from a baby. After all, Houston has become an elite offensive team and that alone could push them above .500. Matt Schaub finally played a full season and, low and behold, he and No. 1 receiver Andre Johnson led the league in passing and receiving yards, respectively. Don’t be surprised if they give an encore this year. Schaub also has useful weapons like Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones, and Owen Daniels (returning from ACL surgery). But an offense can’t be one dimensional, and that’s a big reason why Houston missed the playoffs last year. It had the league’s top passing offense but ranked 30th in rushing offense.

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It posted big numbers but couldn’t close out opponents and run out the clock. Steve Slaton flopped horribly. The Texans hope they can make major strides running the ball this season; rookie Ben Tate is gone for the year but Arian Foster flashed potential last year and will get his shot to be the feature back. If he flourishes, Houston’s offense will become almost unstoppable. Slowly but surely, the Texans are developing a respectable NFL defense. Mario Williams is a premier pass rusher and has silenced anyone who thought he shouldn’t have been drafted before Reggie Bush, Vince Young, or Matt Leinart. Brian Cushing made a major impact on Houston’s run defense as a rookie last year; too bad he’s suspended for the first four games of 2010 for steroid use. The Texans’ schedule this season is so-so. They get the lowly AFC West but also the always-tough NFC East and two games against the Colts, who always seem to get the better of them in crucial games. Ultimately, betting on the Texans in 2010 should come down to Foster and the running game. Their passing offense and defense haven’t changed much; it’s the rushing attack that has the most potential to take a leap forward.