Houston Texans Super Bowl 50 Odds AnalysisIf you didn’t know it before, you should know it by now. Houston Texans (9-7 SU, 9-6-1 ATS, 8-8 O/U) head coach Bill O’Brien sure knows what he’s doing! First, the veteran pigskin professor almost immediately put Penn State football back on the national map following the school’s now-infamous scandal involving for coach Jerry Sandusky. Now, O’Brien is getting set for Year Two with the Texans after leading them to an outstanding nine wins – all without a legitimate starting quarterback no less. The big question for the Texans now is whether or not they can challenge Indianapolis for supremacy in the AFC South and take another step toward a potential postseason berth. We’re going to delve into those questions and more as we break down the Texans’ chances of cashing in on their stunning Super Bowl Odds.
2014 Season in Review
The GoodAfter winning just two games in 2013, the Houston Texans made an excellent move by hiring O’Brien and made a dramatic jump to nine wins despite playing their 2014 season with mediocre veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick making a dozen starts and backups Ryan Mallett and Case Keenum each making two starts. While Houston struggled to throw the ball effectively, the Texans finished the 2014 season ranked fifth in rushing as veteran Arian Foster finished sixth in rushing yards (1,246 ). The Texans also finished the 2014 regular season ranked an impressive seventh in points allowed (19.2 ppg), including a solid 10th against the run (105.1 ypg) and respectable 16th in total defense (348.2 ypg). Houston’s nine wins were just two behind AFC South champion Indianapolis, so considering that is was the first year of a massive rebuilding project, makes the Texans’ season all the more impressive.
The BadOf course, there was some bad news for the Texans as well with No. 1 overall draft pick, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney getting injured and playing in just four games, including two starts. The Texans also finished a dismal 24th in passing and may still need to upgrade the quarterback position, though they think Mallet could be the answer to their problems. O’Brien, who coached Mallett and Tom Brady as the New England Patriots’ quarterbacks coach and then offensive coordinator said of acquiring Mallett late last season. “I hadn’t been around him for three years,” O’Brien said. “His huddle command. His knowledge of our offense — a lot of it is similar. You could tell he learned a lot from backing up Tom. And hopefully he can turn some of that knowledge into a successful career, in addition to him being himself.”
After spending his first three seasons with the Pats and never making a start, Mallett, 26, played just two games after replacing Fitzpatrick as the starter, before suffering a torn pectoral muscle.
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The UglyYou know…the Houston Texans are one of just a handful of teams that had nothing ‘ugly’ happen to their players or franchise in 2014.
Let’s take a look at Houston’s offensive statistics from this past season.
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Here is a look at Houston’s team defensive statistics.
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Here is a look at Houston’s team statistical leaders in 2014.