The Houston Texans are expected to be a force in the tough AFC South division. The Texans win total is currently at 8.5.
The Texans finished the 2018 season with an 11-6 record (straight up, including playoffs), and a 7-9-1 mark against the spread, covering 43.8 percent of their games. They were also 7-10 to the under.
In a recent publication at NFL.com, they ranked the Texans trio of Deshaun Watson, Lamar Miller, and DeAndre Hopkins the 17th best trio in the NFL. But it’s not taken a bump with the seaon-ending injury to Miller. In his place Duke Johnson is expected to take over the starter’s position. Now, it’s all on Hopkins, as many rank the stud receiver as a top target in the NFL. He is ranked second at Sports Interaction to have the most receiving yards during the regular season paying +630.
Houston will rely on their 11th ranked defence, which allowed under 20 points (19.8) per game last season. JJ Watt is one of the favourites to win defensive player of the year. He is currently paying +700 to do so at Sports Interaction. One position to watch is, who replaces three-time pro bowl Jadeveon Clowney (Defensive Line) who is now a member of the Seattle Seahawks? Overall, the defence still looks good.
Houston Texans Acquisitions and Moves
The Texans are going through a major overhaul to their secondary after not re-signing safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive back Kareem Jackson. In their place, the team signed Safety Tashaun Gipson (Jaguars), Cornerback Bradley Roby (Broncos) and Cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (Browns). It might take the Texans sometime in the early going, but with the established front seven they could be a top five defence.
The Texans signed a pair of backup quarterbacks to play behind Deshaun Watson in veterans A.J. McCarron and Joe Webb. Both are not expected to see action this season, but Watson does have a history of serious injuries. The team made a major move to protect its starting pivot with the addition of Tackle Laremy Tunsil from the Dolphins. The club also picked up Kenny Stills who could play a big role as the teams third receiver.
Houston Texans 2019 NFL Schedule
The Texans have the 4th hardest strength of schedule. Opponents they face this year were a combined 135-121, for a winning percentage of .527 last season.
The Texans close out the 2019 regular season with two games against the Titans in the last three weeks of the season. Another game will be a feature match-up of week two, where arguably the best receiver (DeAndre Hopkins) meets the best cornerback (Jalen Ramsey). They play three prime-time games, including a week one Monday night battle against the Saints in New Orleans.
Week 1: at New Orleans Saints, Monday, Sept. 9 (7:10 p.m.)
Week 2: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m.)
Week 3: at Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 22 (4:25 p.m.)
Week 4: vs. Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 29 (1 p.m.)
Week 5: vs. Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, October 6 (1 p.m.)
Week 6: at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 13 (1 p.m.)
Week 7: at Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 20 (1 p.m.)
Week 8: vs. Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Oct. 27 (1 p.m.)
Week 9: at Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 3 (9:30 a.m.)
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: at Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 17 (1 p.m.)
Week 12: vs. Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 21 (8:20 p.m.)
Week 13: vs. New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 1 (8:20 p.m.)
Week 14: vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 8 (1 p.m.)
Week 15: at Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 15 (1 p.m.)
Week 16: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 22 (1 p.m.)
Week 17: vs. Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 29 (1 p.m.)
Houston Texans NFL Betting Odds
Sports Interaction places the Texans win total at 8.5, with a slight lean on the over. They are expected to finish second in the division, paying +222 to win it. There is pretty good value on the Texans winning the AFC conference coming in at +1600 to win it, and +3300 to win the Super Bowl.
Houston Texans Prediction
The AFC South has three teams that could qualify for the post season, and the Texans are one of them. Expect the Texans to likely go over its 8.5-win total, and finish first in the division. Prediction: 10-6 regular season.