Injuries plagued a season that looked promising. Injuries to Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, D’onta Foreman, C.J. Fiedoriwucz and Will Fuller took quite the toll on the Texans season. With a healthy roster the Texans hope to return to the playoffs.
AFC SOUTH DIVISION WINNERS: +190 (Bovada)
AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +1000 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +2000 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 9 (Westgate)
Week 1 @ New England (+7) Week 9 @ Denver (PK)
Week 2 @ Tennessee (PK) Week 10 BYE WEEK
Week 3 vs. New York (Giants) (-6) Week 11 @ Washington (-3)
Week 4 @ Indianapolis (-3) Week 12 vs. Tennessee (-3.5)
Week 5 vs. Dallas (-3) Week 13 vs. Cleveland (-10)
Week 6 vs. Buffalo (-6) Week 14 vs. Indianapolis (-7.5)
Week 7 @ Jacksonville (+3) Week 15 @ New York (Jets) (+1.5)
Week 8 vs. Miami (-7) Week 16 @ Philadelphia (+5.5)
Week 17 vs. Jacksonville
The Texans have a few tough road tests in the Patriots, Eagles and Redskins. The way their schedule lines up isn’t terrible a middle bye week and home stretches are nice. The bookends of the season are where the Texans might see some struggles.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Brandon Weeden, G Zach Fulton, G Senio Kelemete, T Seantrel Henderson, S Tyrann Mathieu, and CB Aaron Colvin
Subtractions – QB Tom Savage, RB Andre Ellington, G Xavier Su’a-Filo, T Breno Giacomini, LB Brian Cushing, and S Marcus Gilchrist
Draft – S Justin Reid, T Martinas Rankin, TE Jordan Akins, WR Keke Coutee, DE Duke Ejiofor, TE Jordan Thomas, LB Peter Kalambayi, and CB Jermaine Kelly
When Deshaun Watson was on the field this offense was electric and very dynamic. His instant connection to DeAndre Hopkins was one of the best in the NFL. Watson was in the ROY conversation and the MVP conversation until he went down with a knee injury. Now healthy he is ready to dominate again.
Lamar Miller is a quality back and is dangerous enough to keep opponents tested. In his last four years he is averaging almost 1000 yards per season and almost eight total touchdowns. D’Onta Foreman is also recovering from injury but looked good before he was sidelined.
Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the league. Fuller is a dynamic speedster that opens the field up for Dashuan. Keke Coutee and Braxton Miller will battle for the third wide out spot both bringing their own talents to help out and cause mismatches.
This line brought in three new guys. It should be a lot better. Senio is a versatile lineman while the rest of the line is above average.
Getting J.J. Watt back is a huge bonus. He alone is enough of a problem. D.J. Reader and Joel Heath have a knack for getting up the field and causing pressure.
This linebacking core is so deep. Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney can wreck havoc on any team. While Zach Cunningham and Benardrick McKinney always seem to find themselves in the mix of tackles. Include rookie Duke Ejiofor and that is a mix of linebackers i wouldn’t want to face.
Johnathon Joseph is a savvy veteran paired with Aaron Colvin, that mix of corners will help calm the air raid. Tyrann Mathieu is a big addition to this secondary. He will bring a tenacious tackling grit to this unit.
Ka’imi Fairbairn hit 20 of his twenty-five attempts last season and will continue as the kicker for the Texans this season. Keke Coutee will take over the return role as he did in college.
The Texans are overlooked and have the ability to rack up some wins with an easier schedule. The return of Deshaun and Watt will have huge help on both sides of the ball. This team isn’t extremely deep but if healthy can make a deep run.
The Texans most likely won’t win the AFC but there is a good shot they make the playoffs and can be hedged with great value here.
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