The Texans, with a mediocre 9-7 record, were the ultimate opportunists in 2015 as they took advantage of a diluted AFC South to win their first division title since 2012. Houston displayed a lot of guts during the season as the team rebounded from a 3-5 start to go 6-2 after their bye week. The season also marked the first time the Texans were able to knock off the Colts in Indianapolis. The Texans’ high expectations going into the post-season were quickly dashed after a comprehensive playoff defeat.
A 30-0 home thrashing at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs showed Houston that there is plenty of work to still be done.
The release of former starting quarterback Brian Hoyer and the introduction of his replacement — former Denver Bronco Brock Osweiler was the most notable change during the offseason. The Texans, though Osweiler is unproven as a 16-game starter, believe they have finally found an answer to their long quest at identifying a suitable signal-caller.
Osweiler will definitely be the key to the offense, and if his production during his seven starts last year was any indication, he imight be up for the challenge.
The former Arizona State standout also won’t have to experience much of a transition going from throwing to Pro Bowler Demaryius Thomas to Houston’s All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins.
A product of Clemson, Hopkins had his finest season in 2015. The wide receiver recorded 1,521 receiving yards and he broke the franchise record for most receiving touchdowns, 11, in a year. The record was formerly held by the greatest Texan in history — wide receiver Andre Johnson.
Hopkins will be focal point of the offense again in 2016 with the departure of former Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster. In Foster’s place will be another free agent pick-up in former Miami Dolphin Lamar Miller. The running back had a breakout year in 2014 when he recorded 1,099 rushing yards. He also had eight touchdowns in both 2014 and 2015. Look for the Texans to utilize change-of-pace back Alfred Blue to offer Miller a reprieve at times and to take the pressure off of Osweiler.
Houston Texans Betting Lines Today
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Houston Texans Scores & Schedule
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Houston Texans Standings Right Now
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How To Win At Houston Texans Betting
When you think of the Texans, the first thing you should think of next is defensive dynamo J.J. Watt. Though Watt is listed as a defensive end, he has the capacity to change the way an offense operates.
The former Wisconsin Badger was named to his fourth straight All-Pro team in 2015 and won his second consecutive AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Watt has racked up 20+ sacks in two different seaons and was the runner-up for NFL MVP in 2014. Though he has already racked up a tremendous amount of accolades to start his career, Watt himself has said on many occasions that he is only scratching the surface of his potential.
Watt is the obvious headliner of the Houston defense, but the Texans also feature a couple of other X-Factor players that could push the defense over the edge as one of the best in the league. Chief among those players are linebackers Brian Cushing and Jadaveon Clowney.
Both former first round draft picks (Clowney was the number one overall choice in 2014), these two have shown flashes as game-changers.
Cushing has already been named to both a Pro Bowl and All-Pro team, but if Clowney can tap into the kind of game-changing ability he showed at South Carolina and shake off a nasty knee injury, then the Texans will have one of the most fearsome pass rush duos in the league.
As far as the secondary goes, the cornerback trio of Kareem Jackson, Kevin Johnson and Johnathan Joseph are one of the better defensive backfields in the AFC.
Look for Houston to battle it out with Indianapolis this year for division supremacy, but don’t be surprised if the Texans can take that next step, as long as their high-profile quarterback and defensive end can take it to the next level.
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