gameIt seems like everyone is predicting that the Texans will not win the AFC South again and even win less than nine and possibly eight games.
Will Brinson of CBS Sports is advising people to bet the under on the Texans winning 8.5 games in 2017 because of a difficult schedule.
Here’s a portion of what Brinson wrote:
"But the schedule isn’t great. Opening with the Jaguars is nice, but games at Cincy and New England are followed by home games against the Titans and Chiefs. The Browns are a welcome respite before the Week 7 bye, but playing in Seattle coming out of the break isn’t easy. Four of the final six are on the road."
Brinson makes a valid point given the fact that the Texans were 2-6 on the road last season.
But they’re divisional games down the stretch and the Texans finished 5-1 against AFC South opponents in 2016.
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Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post believes the Texans will win under eight games because of their quarterback situation.
"Three-time NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt will make his return to the field, but after two back surgeries in 2016, it is questionable if he dominate once more. Not even a defense playing at its best could make up for the lack of experience under center.Tom Savage will compete with first-round pick Deshaun Watson in training camp for the starting quarterback role. Savage has thrown 92 passes in the NFL and took five sacks in three games last season. Football Outsiders gives Watson a 56.5 percent chance of being an NFL bust within the first five years of his career."
It’s hard to completely trust both Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson this coming season, but their defense as well as their weapons on offense give them a much better chance to win than teams that have a similar quarterback situation.
Comment below and tell us how many games you think the Texans will win in 2017.