2010 NFL Team Odds, Preview, & Predictions- Houston Texans
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Houston Current Odds to Win:
Texans AFC South Odds – 7/2
Texans AFC Championship Lines – 13/1
Texans 2011 Super Bowl Futures – 28/1
Houston Texans Season Over/Under Win Total – 8
In what would have to be described as a moral victory, Houston finished the 2009 season with a 9-7 record; their first winning season in franchise history. The big question for this team in 2010 is do they take another step forward and make the playoffs or continue to let inconsistency stand in the way of success?
In 2009 QB Matt Schaub led the NFL with 4,770 passing yards and WR Andre Johnson led in receiving yards with 1,569. This dynamic due combined for 101 receptions with an average of 15.5 yards per catch.
While Johnson ended the year with only nine TD receptions, Schaub was ranked fifth in the league with 29 TD tosses as he utilized several different players to get the ball into the end zone. All in all, eight different players caught a TD pass from Schaub last year.
While the Texans had the No.1 ranked passing offense in the league, their running game was almost non-existent; ranking 30th overall averaging just 92.2 yards per game. Steve Slaton was their leading rusher with 437 yards on 131 carries. Ryan Moats, who is no longer with the team, was second with 390 yards.
To try and improve the situation, they added Justin Griffith from Seattle and are hoping that second round pick RB Ben Tate will help pick up the slack, but I have to question this team’s commitment to running the ball with the current backs on their roster.
Houston’s defense could be described as very average but balanced. They finished the 2009 season ranked 13th overall as they were ranked 18th against the pass and 12th against the run. One area that did plague them was the propensity to give up the big play which ended up costing them some games along the way.
That is the primary reason the Texans used the 20th overall pick in the draft to select CB Kareem Jackson, who gained a reputation as a playmaker during his college career at Alabama.
They also added DT Earl Mitchell in the third round and LB Darryl Sharpton in the fourth round to add some much needed depth.
There is no doubt that this team has some talent. Their main problem over the past few seasons has been mental breakdowns and timely mistakes that have cost them games. In 2009 they lost twice to Indianapolis by a combined 11 points and twice to Jacksonville by 12. These are crucial divisional games that Houston has to learn how to win.
The corner was turned in 2009, success this season is just a matter of which direction the Texans decide to take; up or down.
2010 Prediction: 2nd in the AFC South
Win Total: OVER
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