Can The Houston Texans Live Up To The Hype In 2014?

Can The Houston Texans Live Up To The Hype In 2014?

Can The Houston Texans Live Up To The Hype In 2014?

Should You Bet On Houston Texans In The 2014 NFL Season?

The Houston Texans (2-14 SU, 4-12 ATS, 9-7 O/U) made an excellent move in hiring former Penn State Nittany Lions leader Bill O’Brien and will enter the 2014 regular season looking to get back to being respectable at the very least after regressing from a 13-3 record in 2012 to a pitiful 2-14 mark last season.

Unfortunately, the Texans still appear to have more questions than answers right now, but who knows….they could still surprise in 2014.

This in-depth look at the Texans’ 2014 campaign will give you the insight you’ll need in order to cash in on – or against – the Texans all season long.

Betting On The Houston Texans To Win Super Bowl 49

NFL Odds to win Super Bowl 49 Houston Texans +6600

Analysis: The Texans had a case of Murphy’s Law last season, but I don’t believe they’re nearly as bad as they looked in 2013. Having said that, I still don’t think Houston will reach the postseason in 2014, let alone have a legitimate chance to cash in on their 2015 Super Bowl futures odds.

I know the Texans almost had to part ways with former Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Schaub following last season’s debacle, but now, the Texans will enter the 2014 season depending on two quarterbacks that are solid backups at best.

The Texans could come close to challenging for a playoff berth, but they’ve got quite a rebuilding job ahead of them if they want to become a legitimate Super Bowl title contender in the coming seasons.

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Betting On the Houston Texans To Win the AFC South

  • Indianapolis Colts -175
  • Houston Texans +250
  • Tennessee Titans +550
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +1400

Analysis: While the Texans finished dead last in the AFC South last season, I like Houston to finish second in 2014, though I don’t see them exactly challenging Indianapolis for the division crown. The Texans went 1-5 SU and ATS against their division rivals last season while dropping each of their last five division games.

According to many of Houston ‘s veteran, they like the hands-on approach that O’Brien has taken right from the start.

"Yeah, he’s an intense guy," Texans tight end Garrett Graham told reporters. "Obviously, he loves the game and he helps us out a ton."

This past week, O’Brien lined up at cornerback for one drill.

"He has a little movement in his body," Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson said. "He has a couple of skills. I know sometimes he watches the DB group so I guess he watches us and learns a little bit."

"He’s a great coach, he’s definitely into each and every thing that he says," Jackson added. "Definitely a lot of energy and we love that about him. For him to be hands on and show us what he wants it’s definitely a great thing for us."

I love the job O’Brien did with my beloved Nittany Lions and I believe he will help the Texans improve enough to at least finish in second place in the AFC South in 2014.

Projected Order of Finish: Colts, Texans, Titans, Jaguars

Betting On The Houston Texans To Win In Week One

  • Washington Redskins at Houston Texans -3
  • Over/Under 45

Analysis: I love Houston’s addition of No.1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, but unless you’re a fan of either Ryan Fitzpatrick or Case Keenum, I think the Texans blew it in a way by not drafting a quarterback – and it could hurt them in their regular season opener.

Washington is just 1-9 SU and 3-7 ATS in their L/10 games as an underdog but somehow, they’ve managed to record respectable 5-5 SU and 6-4 ATS marks in their last 10 games as an underdog between 2.0-4.0 points.

I believe RG III and the new-look football team behind are the right pick here as they’re going to have the far more explosive offense in this contest. Washington is 3-1-1- ATS in their last five games against AFC South teams and 2-1 SU and 2-0-1 ATS in their three all-time meetings against Houston .

I know the Texans are going to be a very different team from the one that fell completely apart last season, but at least early on, I see the Texans struggling out of the gate.

My Pick: Washington Redskins +3 Points

Houston Texans Betting Tips

Unless things change early on, be aware that Houston went 4-6 SU and a pitiful 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite. Also keep in mind that the Texans lost and failed to cover the spread in eight of their L/10 home games.

In addition to its own division games, the AFC South teams will face the NFC East and AFC North in 2014 and that may not be a very good thing – at least against one of these divisions.

The Texans are just 2-8 SU and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games against their NFC East counterparts but have compiled a solid 6-4 SU record and 7-3 ATS mark in their last 10 games against their AFC North conference rivals.

2014 Projected Starters Houston Texans

Houston Texans Projected 2014 Starters

Offense

Defense

QB

Ryan Fitzpatrick

DE

J.J. Watt

RB

Arian Foster

NT

Louis Nix

WR1

Andre Johnson

DE

Jared Crick

WR2

DeAndre Hopkins

OLB

Jadeveon Clowney

TE1

Garrett Graham

ILB

Brian Cushing

TE2

C.J. Fiedorowicz

ILB

Brooks Reed

LT

Duane Brown

OLB

Whitney Mercilus

LG

Xavier Su’a-Filo

CB1

Johnathan Joseph

C

Chris Myers

CB2

Kareem Jackson

RG

Brandon Brooks

SS

D.J. Swearinger

RT

Derek Newton  /  Brennan Williams

FS

Chris Clemons