Texans Season Odds

One of the potential sleeper teams in 2009 is expected to be the Houston Texans, who finished 8-8 after winning five of their last six games in 2008.

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This offseason, the Texans once again focused on upgrading their defense. They signed free agent defensive end Antonio Smith (Cardinals), re-signed safety Eugene Wilson and signed linebacker Cato June, who was released by the Buccaneers because he didn’t fit Tampa’s scheme.

In the draft, Houston once again focused on defense, selecting USC outside linebacker Brian Cushing in the first round and then Cincinnati defensive end Connor Barwin in the second. Both players are expected to make an impact right away for the Texans this season.

Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made the Texans 25/1 long shots to win Super Bowl XLIV. They also gave Houston 10/1 odds to win the AFC.

The Texans are definitely a sleeper to have some success in 2009. They offer a ton of value after having a successful six-week stretch at the end of the 2008 season. They have plenty of offensive pieces to succeed, led by receiver Andre Johnson, quarterback Matt Schaub, an improving offensive line and a slasher at running back in Steve Slaton. The key will be whether or not the defense comes together. Young players like Cushing, Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, Dunta Robinson and Amobi Okoye have loads of talent, but they’ll have to come together as a unit before Houston puts more wins on the board. If you feel as though the Texans are one of the best kept secrets in the NFL, then hop on their odds now because at 25/1, they might never be better.

Odds to win Super Bowl XLIV

Houston Texans 25/1

Odds to win the AFC 2009-2010

Houston Texans 10/1

Odds to win the AFC South

Houston Texas 3/1

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Posted: 6/16/09 10:26PM ET

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