Texans' 2014 Win Total Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - After a disastrous season, will the Houston Texans rebound to win at least 8 games in 2014?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Texans' over/under win total for 2014 is currently sitting at 7.5 games after the team won only two games in 2013. Houston is also a 50/1 long shot to win the 2015 Super Bowl.
The Texans made multiple trades this offseason, sending quarterback Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. The team also made a move recently, sending T.J. Yates to the Falcons for linebacker Akeem Dent, a former third-round draft pick out of Georgia.
Perhaps the biggest move Houston made in free agency was signing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is currently slated to become the team's starter in 2014. Safety Chris Clemons, running back Andre Brown and defensive end Ricardo Mathews were also signed via free agency.
The Texans held the No. 1 overall pick back in May and wound up selecting polarizing South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. In the second round Houston took UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo and in the third the team took tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz from Iowa and Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix. The Texans didn't take a quarterback until the fourth round when the plucked PITT's Tom Savage off the board.
The biggest challenge that new head coach Bill O'Brien faces is at quarterback. Fitzpatrick has plenty of starting experience in the league but he has his limitations. The running game, led by Arian Foster, and defense, led by J.J. Watt, will likely both have to rank in the top 15 (if not top 10) for this team to make the playoffs in 2014. That said, the AFC South is arguably the weakest division in football so if Fitzpatrick overachieves then an 8-8 or 9-7 season is realistic. Still, the over 7.5 for wins seems high. The other problem is that former Pro Bowler Andre Johnson could hold out as he seeks to be released.