NFL Odds - Is This Finally the Year for Houston?

How many times have you heard that this is finally going to be the year for the Houston Texans vs. the NFL odds?

It seems every year we hear that this is the year that the Texans finally make the playoffs.  What are the chances of that finally happening in 2010 and how will the Texans do against the NFL betting odds?

NFL odds list the Texans with a season win total at 8.5.  If the odds makers at SBG are right then that means the Texans will win 8 or 9 games. That is not going to get it done in the AFC.

Why the Texans will finally make the Playoffs:  Houston has one of the best quarterback-receiver combinations in the league in Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson.  There are not many better passing attacks in all of football than what the Texans have.   Schaub and Johnson both made the Pro Bowl last season.

Schaub led the league in passing last season with 4,770 yards and he played in all 16 games. When he is healthy the Texans are very good offensively.

Why the Texans will fail Again: The Texans were 30th in the league in rushing last season.  Neither Steve Slaton nor Arian Foster inspires any confidence.  The defense gives up too many big plays and top linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the first four games of the season due to suspension.

Schedule:  There are not many soft spots for the Texans this season vs. the NFL betting odds.  They open up at home vs. the Colts and then go to Washington to face an improved Redskins team.  They then host Dallas and got to Oakland.  None of those first four games are guaranteed wins.

They host the Chiefs in Week 5 before their bye.  They come out of the bye with two brutally tough games at Indianapolis and home against San Diego.  They then go to Jacksonville and the Jets before coming home to host Tennessee.

The road doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Philadelphia before hosting Baltimore.  They finish up with games at Tennessee, Denver and home against Jacksonville.

Bottom Line: With the schedule the Texans have and no real off-season improvements it seems a little optimistic to think that anything will be different for Houston this year.