Last season, the Texans had the league’s biggest turn of events when new coach Bill O’Brien helped them win nine times in a regular season – seven more wins than the ones made in 2013, leaving many fans and pay per head sportsbooks amazed. Something even more incredible is that the coach started 3 different QB’s as he improved the Texans’ game. If O’Brian is to lead the team again to success, he’ll need the services of one more QB. Case Keenum and Ryan Fitzpatrick both left in a trade, and the Texans entered free agency to get Brian Hoyer from the Browns.
The former starting QB for Cleveland will be competing with Ryan Mallett, who was 1-1 as Houston’s starter prior to suffering an injury that put his season to an end. On the team’s roster is also Tom Savage. The Texans will also have be plenty of talent at the WR position, and this is a reason why many sportsbooks gave the Texans’ squad for 2015 odds of 22/1 to be the AFC Conference winners, +450 for the AFC South, and 50/1 for the Super Bowl. One year ago, the Texans were led by DeAndre Hopkins, as on 76 catches he recorded 1,210 receiving yards. Jaelen Strong – 6 foot 2, 217-pound talent – was also drafted by the team, and they acquired the services of Cecil Shorts.
RB Arian Foster will be back in action, and is still seen as a top runner in the NFL. Last year, Foster carried the ball 260 times for 1,246 yards with eight TD’s. Alfred Blue is also adding strength to the backfield. Playing as a backup for Foster, the RB was able to rush for 528 yards. An improved defense helped Houston end last season 4-1. They have a fourth-placed ranking in points allowed, and in total defense they’re second place. 34 turnovers – and NFL high – were forced by the team, over 23 made the season before. With 20.5, DE J.J. Watt was the one lead the NFL in sacks, with 5 TD’s scored.
LB Jadeveon Clowney, who was the league’s No. 1 overall pick last year, is back from surgery for a microfracture, and they got NT Vince Wilfork from the Patriots. Early NFL predictions expect Houston’s defense to make even bigger improvements this season. Besides Wilfork, in free agency the Texans acquired the services of safety Rahim Moore from the Broncos. As insurance, they also got safety Steve Brown out of the Giants. With knowledge of O’Brien and the way he works, his offense will be in great shape regardless of the starting QB. Considering that the Texans have one of the top defenses in the NFL, many pay per head sportsbooks believe that they will be the ones to compete with the Colts for the AFC South title.