Houston Texans Betting Preview 2020

Houston Texans 2020 Team Analysis and Schedule

The 2019 season was solid for the Houston Texans. Unfortunately, the year had a rather abrupt end in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.  The Texans jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead before the eventual Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs outscored Houston 51-10 over the final three quarters. Houston’s defense was not a strong suit over the course of the season and they were badly exposed by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ explosive offense. 

The Texans did address the defensive line in the draft, but they did not have a first-round pick to choose from.  Coupled with the fact that they traded their best receiver in DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for a declining running back in David Johnson and it’s easy to see why the Houston Texans’ faithful are feeling uneasy about this offseason.  Houston did bring in wide-outs Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb to try to fill the void left by Hopkins.  

Johnson should be able to help the running game that was ranked ninth in the league last season…if he can stay healthy.  Productivity has been an issue for Johnson following a nasty MCL injury in 2017. If Houston’s receivers can be productive and Johnson stays healthy, the Texans could have a chance of winning the AFC South once again this upcoming season. 

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Houston Texans 2020 Schedule

Week

Date

Opponent

Week 1

Sept. 10

at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 2

Sept. 20

Baltimore Ravens

Week 3

Sept. 27

at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 4

Oct. 4

Minnesota Vikings

Week 5

Oct. 11

Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 6

Oct. 18

at Tennessee Titans

Week 7

Oct. 25

Green Bay Packers

Week 8

Bye

Bye

Week 9

Nov. 8

at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 10

Nov. 15

at Cleveland Browns

Week 11

Nov. 22

New England Patriots

Week 12

Nov. 26

at Detroit Lions

Week 13

Dec. 6

Indianapolis Colts

Week 14

Dec. 13

at Chicago Bears

Week 15

Dec. 20/21 TBA

at Indianapolis Colts

Week 16

Dec. 27

Cincinnati Bengals

Week 17

Jan. 3

Tennessee Titans

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Houston Texans Key Games

Houston will have a tough road ahead of them and it gets going right out of the gate as they face arguably the two best AFC teams in Kansas City and Baltimore.  They will have faced five playoff teams from a2019 before their Week 8 Bye Week.  

The Houston Texans will be playing the 8th toughest schedule in the NFL in 2020. The combined records of their opponents is 132-123-1. The Texans will play six playoff teams from a year ago, including Minnesota, Green Bay, Baltimore, Tennessee, New England, and the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.  

Houston opens the regular season at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, September 10.  Some other marquee games include road games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears.  The only primetime contest Houston will play in will be the game in Kansas City.  The Texans’ schedule also includes games in an improved division which will see Tennessee try to build off their unexpected 2019 success and a very much improved Indianapolis team from a season ago.

Divisional Outlook

The Houston Texans were able to win the AFC South in 2019 at 10-6, though all four teams were bunched with four games of each other at season’s end. Houston has the third-best odds to repeat at division champions this season at +300.

Indianapolis, with new quarterback Philip Rivers, is considered the favorite at +120, followed by Tennessee at +165. Only Jacksonville, with +1600 odds, is considered less of a favorite than Houston.

The Texans’ regular season wins odds over/under is set at 7.5, just one game less than both the Colts and Titans at 8.5. Jacksonville’s over/under is 5.0.

Defense

Houston’s issues in 2019 that cost them the season came on the defensive side of the football.  They ranked 23rd in points allowed, with an average of 24 points allotted per game.  Houston was 28th in the league in yards allowed, giving up 388 yards per contest.  They were 29th in passing yards allowed with 267 yards.  Their run defense wasn’t much better, allowing 121 yards per game, 24th overall in the league.  Houston was also 26th in the league in sacks, with 1.94 sacks per game.  

Offense

Offensively, the numbers were a bit more respectable for the Houston Texans’ offense. The Texans ranked 12th in the league, averaging nearly 24 points per game. Their rushing attack was ninth in the league, averaging 126 yards per game. A healthy Johnson should at least maintain that number. Houston averaged 7.65 yards per pass attempt, which was good for 10th in the league.  

DeShaun Watson (+1600 odds to win the 2020 NFL MVP) will have to help on offense with his new receivers to go along with incumbents Kenny Stills and Will Fuller. Tight end Darren Fells will be back as well. The key to the whole season in my opinion is the health of David Johnson in the backfield. The Texans will be betting on him returning to his 2016 form when he led the NFL in all-purpose yards with 2,118.  

Watson will be looking to improve on his 2019 season which saw him complete 67% of his passes for 3,852 yards and 26 touchdowns to go along with 12 interceptions.  The dual-threat signal-caller also rushed for 413 yards and seven touchdowns.  

Team FAQ

What is the Houston Texans' all-time record?

135-163

Who owns the Houston Texans?

Janice McNair owns the Houston Texans.

How many Super Bowls have the Houston Texans won?

The Texans are one of four teams who have never even appeared in a Super Bowl, much less won one. The Browns, Lions and Jaguars are the other three.

Who is the quarterback for the Houston Texans?

DeShaun Watson is the quarterback for the Texans.

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