The Houston Texans have struggled to establish consistent success throughout their history, making them a popular fade for some bettors.
Houston Texans Franchise History
In 2002, the Texans brought an NFL franchise back to Houston for the first time since 1996, when the Oilers left town for Tennessee.
During the first NFL Draft that the Texans participated in, the team selected QB David Carr with the first overall pick. That selection brought significant hype to the expansion franchise, but it didn’t work out as planned.
Houston failed to reach the playoffs with Carr at the helm and wouldn’t clinch a playoff berth until 2011. The team’s offensive trio of Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson was perhaps the best the franchise has ever had.
Despite having offensive talent and a defense led by future Hall of Famer J.J. Watt, the Texans never made it past the Divisional Round.
A new era began in 2017 with sensational Clemson star Deshaun Watson. Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, his favorite target, renewed the fanbase, but they too could not push past the Divisional Round.
It’s unclear exactly how the team will perform in the post-Watson era. The franchise has lacked consistency throughout its existence and is still searching for its first Super Bowl appearance.
Betting on the Texans in Texas
Sports betting is illegal in Texas and likely will be until 2023 at the earliest.
The next legislative session in the Lone Star State begins in 2023, which means a sports betting bill could technically get passed that year.
Even if a bill did pass, the development and launch of a legal sports betting market would likely not occur until 2024 or 2025, according to many Texan lawmakers.
There are legislators and influential Texans lobbying on either side of the argument, and legalization seems inevitable. However, there are ample questions to answer and details to sort out before that can happen.
Many analysts and industry experts presume Texas would slot in as one of the top three sports betting markets in the country if it legalized the practice.
The state’s massive population, abundance of sports teams, and rabid fanbases seemingly support that sentiment.
If Texas does move forward and legalize sports betting, Texans fans could expect to see something like the following at the betting window or in a mobile app:
· Texans -3.5
· Jaguars +3.5
In this example, the Texans are favored over their division mate, the Jacksonville Jaguars, by 3.5 points. For the Texans to cover the spread, they need to win the game by at least 4 points.
If they lose the game, or win the game by fewer than 4 points, the Jaguars cover the spread.