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The Houston Texans enter the 2018 season with a lot of optimism, as their two star players, Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt are both returning from injuries. The Texans have a very favorable schedule in 2018 and oddsmakers believe Houston has a good chance to be a playoff team.

The Texans are close second choice to win the AFC South behind Jacksonville and the win total for Houston for 2018 is set at nine.

Let’s look at the schedule for the Texans to see if they will go over or under that number.

2018 Houston Texans Regular Season Win Total - per BetDSI
Over 9 (-1115)
Under 9 (-115)

2018 Houston Texans Schedule Analysis

Sunday, Sept. 9, vs. at New England Patriots

The Texans are not without a chance to win this one, but only if Watson and Watt are completely healthy. The Patriots rarely lose at home, but Houston has the offense to trade points with New England and the Texans have the defensive line to harass Brady.

Sunday, Sept. 16, at Tennessee Titans

The Titans should be better on defense this season with Mike Vrabel as defensive coordinator, but Houston has more talent on both sides of the ball than the Titans and they should get this road win.

Sunday, Sept. 23, vs. New York Giants

The Giants could be improved this season, but it is hard to see Eli Manning having enough time to throw in this one and the Houston offense should be able to exploit the Giants defense.

Sunday, Sept. 30, at Indianapolis Colts

The Colts should have Andrew Luck back at quarterback, but they are still not a good team. The Texans have more talent all over the field than the Colts and Houston should get the road win.

Sunday, Oct. 7, vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott so this could be a tough home game for the Texans. Houston has the better defense and that should be the difference, as the Texans get the home win.

Sunday, Oct. 14, vs. Buffalo Bills

The Bills don’t have enough talent on either side of the ball to give Houston much of a challenge. The only danger is that the Texans are looking ahead to next week’s game against Jacksonville.

Sunday, Oct. 21, at Jacksonville Jaguars

The first of two huge meetings in the AFC South this season takes place in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are the defending champs and if Houston wants to win the division they have to beat the champs.

Thursday, Oct. 25, vs. Miami Dolphins

The Texans could have a letdown this week against Miami, but they still should have too much talent to lose this one at home and it is a national TV game on Thursday night.

Sunday, Nov. 4, at Denver Broncos

The Texans could be in trouble in this one, as it won’t be easy to go into Denver and win this season, as the Broncos are much better on offense and still very good on defense.

Sunday, Nov. 11, BYE

Sunday, Nov. 18, at Washington Redskins

The Texans get extra time to prepare for the Redskins and they should be fully prepared to handle Alex Smith and Washington. The Texans also have a much better defense than do the Redskins.

Monday, Nov. 26, vs. Tennessee Titans

The Texans will be home favorites in this one as the schedule for Houston gets easier for a few weeks. Houston should get the home win.

Sunday, Dec. 2, vs. Cleveland Browns

The Texans should not have any difficulty in handling a Cleveland team that is improved, but still nowhere near a contender.

Sunday, Dec. 9, vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Texans should be able to get big pressure on Andrew Luck in this one and rout the Colts in Houston.

Saturday, Dec. 15, at New York Jets

The Jets are not at the level of the Texans, but there is a danger that Houston could be looking ahead to the end of the season and two huge games at Philadelphia and home against Jacksonville.

Sunday, Dec. 23, at Philadelphia Eagles

The Texans will get a good idea if they are a serious Super Bowl contender, as they go into Philadelphia late in the season to face the defending champs.

Sunday, Dec. 30, vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

It is possible that this game could decide the AFC South in 2018 and if that is the case, the Texans have the home field edge and that could be the difference.

2018 Houston Texans Regular Season Win Total Prediction

The Texans are a popular pick to do well in 2018, but it is hard to argue. Watson was excellent last season in just six starts as he threw 19 TD passes. He looks like a future star and the Texans should be vastly improved on defense with Watt returning. The schedule is very favorable for Houston in 2018 and it is easy to see the Texans winning at least 10 games and going over their win total of nine.

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