Houston Texans Betting Odds Preview
The Houston Texans followed up winning their first division title in franchise history in 2011 with an even better season in 2012, winning the AFC South again with a 12-4 SU campaign. Houston has all of the pieces in place to take its shot at a Super Bowl Title in 2013.
The Texans were a well-oiled machine on both sides of the ball for most of 2012. The Texans finished 12-4 SU and 9-7 ATS, ranking seventh overall in both total offense (averaging 372.1 yards per game) and total defense (allowing 323.3 yards per game). If there is any nitpicking to be done, it would be that the Texans finished the regular season 1-3 SU and ATS after going 11-1 SU and 8-4 ATS through their first 12 games; perhaps losing some focus down the stretch.
Many teams are thrilled to have an elite player at any skill position on offense, but the Texans are blessed with elite players at all three. QB Matt Schaub passed for 4,008 yards last season, RB Arian Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns, and WR Andre Johnson had 112 catches for 1,598 yards. These three players are among the best in the league at their respective positions, and provide a nightmare of matchup problems for opposing defenses every week. First-round draft choice WR DeAndre Hopkins won’t make things any easier.
On defense, J.J. Watt emerged as the best defensive player in the game last year. The defensive end and 2012 defender of the year finished the season with 81 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and an incredible 16 pass deflections. Offensive lines don’t have an answer for this guy, whether he is getting in on the play or getting his hands up to defend the pass. The addition of veteran ball hawk safety Ed Reed should make an already outstanding unit even better.
The pieces are in place for the Texans. All that is left for Houston to do is put the pieces together in the postseason.
AFC South Odds at Bovada as of July 28
Houston Texans -225
Indianapolis Colts +240
Tennessee Titans +750
Jacksonville Jaguars +2500