Sunday, July 15, 2018
Deshaun Watson Houston Texans NFL Win Totals
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

2018 NFL Odds: Houston Texans Season Win Total

As we’ve made our way through the AFC win totals, it’s been obvious the books have been conservative, even on the best teams. You can throw all that out the window when it comes to the Houston Texans.

BetDSI Sportsbook has the party hat on, is tossing confetti and blowing a black and red kazoo because they are feeling the Texans in Deshaun Watson’s second season and here are the odds to prove it.

Houston Texans 2018-19 Regular Season Win Total

Over 9 (-115)

Under 9 (-115)

Pittsburgh Steelers Win Total Sportsbetting

This is a team that finished 4-12 last season and getting +/-9 wins should be a license to print money, but such is the excitement that Watson brought to the field in his short stint as its starter.

Watson went just 3-3 before he got hurt, but completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. He rushed for 269 yards and a couple of touchdowns too. When he was under center, the offense was all but unstoppable.

Still, there are plenty of good offensive players on teams that the books aren’t giving nine wins. What makes Houston worth the risk?

Well, barring any unforseen developments, the Texans should have their full defense on the field for the first time in two seasons. J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus are both returning from season-ending injuries. Romeo Crennel has taken back over as defensive coordinator. Two years ago Crennel ran the top-ranked defense in the league and that was without Watt.

Houston didn’t really add anyone that’s slated to play significant time in the draft because this team was already loaded with talent. Which just shows what a piss poor job Bill O’Brien has been doing as its head coach for the last few years.

On offense, Watson has plenty of weapons around him. The Texans have a deep backfield with Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman both capable of starting in the NFL. DeAndre Hopkins has established himself as one of the league’s best wideouts and Will Fuller is a terrific deep threat. They don’t have a lot of NFL bodies behind those guys, though, and their tight end corps is a Who’s Who of Who’s That.

As always, when looking at the totals, the most important factor involved is the schedule. Houston has a rough one to open the season, literally playing the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots on opening weekend. After that the play the Tennessee Titans, before hosting the New York Giants, then traveling to Indianapolis to face a healthy Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Writing about these AFC South teams, Luck’s health and presence is just lurking out there in the dark like Jaws. If he’s 100 percent, everything changes and that ominous yellow barrel turns into a shark downing Quint like a throat lozenge. I can’t see the Texans starting the season any better than 2-2. Let’s say they split with every AFC South team, something that’s entirely possible. That means they’ll need seven other wins to meet the over here.

I could see them coming into their Dec. 23 game against the Philadelphia Eagles at 8-6 or 9-5. Can they pick up that last win (or wins) against Philly or the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17? This is why it’s called a wager.

Houston has never finished better than 9-7 under O’Brien and, frankly, that’s what it looks like this year too. If I really wanted to roll the dice, I’d bet the under.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Houston Texans Win Total
Author Rating
51star1star1star1star1star

Check Also

Bill Belichick New England Patriots

Is this Bill Belichick’s Final Year in New England?

At one point before the Super Bowl the ink had not yet been put to paper, but New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had reached an agreement with the Indianapolis Colts to be their next head coach. Before the confetti had dropped on the Patriots' 41-33 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, that deal was scrapped. McDaniels would stay in New England and the Colts would be back in the market for a head coach. 

McFarlane Toys, Madden 19, NFL

Five Dumbest McFarlane NFL Figures of All Time Part 1

Just as the swallows return every year to the Mission At San Juan Capistrano, California every Spring, so then do the McFarlane NFL Figures (or, you know, toys) return to shelves around the country every summer.

Send this to friend