The 2011 season was an historical year for the Houston Texans as it marked the first time in their history to make a playoff berth. After replacing Dom Capers in 2006 it took head coach Gary Kubiak seven long years to achieve this feat. The club concluded play in the regular season with a record of 10-6 and in the AFC wildcard card round earned their first playoff victory by beating Cincinnati 31-10 as a -4 point home favorite. The following week the club was eliminated from the playoffs with the 20-13 road defeat at Baltimore as a +7 ½ point underdog. With injuries to both their starting and backup quarterbacks the Texans had to engineer much of the back end of their season and playoffs behind a third string quarterback. Also missing significant action last season to injury was impact wide receiver Andre Johnson and pass rusher Mario Williams.
The regular season win total set on the Houston Texans for the 2012 season has been lined at 10 ½ wins. Neither the over or under is favored in the betting as each side returns an identical -115 odds. The odds for the Houston Texans win total have been supplied by Bovada sportsbook.
The Texans playoff berth came about a solid defensive effort in 2011 where they allowed opponents just 17.4 points per game ranking fourth in scoring defense in the NFL. Teams gained just 285 yards a game on Houston which made the Texans second in all of football in total defense. They lost pass rusher Mario Williams who signed with Buffalo in free agency during the offseason. Starting quarterback Matt Schaub completed 61% of his passes a season ago with 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He played only ten games in 2011 following a football injury and will hope for an injury free season in 2012. The got great production with their run game as Arian Foster rushed for 1224 yards and Ben Tate in his second season at running back for Houston ran for 942 yards and an excellent 5.4 yards per rush average. Tate missed all of 2010 in his rookie campaign following an injury during the preseason. Foster was second on the club with 53 pass receptions for 617 yards. Returning in 2012 out wide will be Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and Kevin Walter giving Schaub a very good receiving corps. With a weak division in the AFC South and better health expect the Texans to play over 10 ½ wins at the sports books.