They have a nice offense led by quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andrew Johnson but an average defense. The Texans are 26-1 long shots in NFL preseason lines to win the Super Bowl.
2010 NFL preseason betting odds list the Texans as 3-1 to win the AFC South division. The Texans begin their preseason at Arizona on August 14th. They continue on the road in Week 2 at the defending Super Bowl champion Saints. Their final two preseason games are at home against Dallas and against Tampa Bay.
The Texans could struggle in NFL preseason lines since they only have Dan Orlovsky as the backup quarterback. He wasn’t that good with Detroit but Houston may have to use him this season if anything happens to Schaub. The Texans have the best receiver in football in Andre Johnson but he won’t play much in the preseason. The Texans do need some other players to step up at receiver although Kevin Walter has been solid. The great news for Houston is that tight end Owen Daniels returns from injury. The Texans still don’t have a consistent running game. Steve Slaton is inconsistent while Arian Foster hasn’t proven he can last a full season. The team did take Ben Tate in the draft so perhaps he can help.
The defense is in major trouble to start the season. Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Cushing is suspended for the first four games of the season. He is going to be missed during the early part of the season. The secondary is not very good and with Cushing out they are going to be even worse since they will have to help stop the run. The Texans were saved time and time again last year by safety Bernard Pollard. He made big plays in the secondary and was a big run stopper.
The Texans are a team that has a lot of talent but they don’t have much depth. If Schaub or Johnson gets hurt they are done. Their defense is also weak and the loss of Cushing really hurts. Houston is always thought of as a team that can make the playoffs. If they don’t make it this year they could be looking for a new head coach as Gary Kubiak has had more than enough time.