NFL preseason odds handicappers continue to be frustrated with a Houston team that has often been erratic and one of the most inconsistent commodities in all of NFL gambling.
Last year the Texans entered the season with high expectations and were expected to finally make that first ever elusive playoff bid. But Houston stumbled out of the gate with a 1-4 straight up record and ran out of time to recover while finishing 9-7 straight up and 7-7-2 against the spread.
Houston had a bizarre offense that finished 4th overall in the NFL for total yards and 10th for scoring. The Texans were the top ranked passing team in the NFL but ranked 30th on the ground.
Quarterback Matt Schaub finished with a QB rating of 98.6 with 4770 passing yards and a 29/15 touchdown to interception ratio. He will be entering his 7th NFL season and 6th as a starter.
Running back continues to be a major concern for Houston entering summer camp as they must improve in that aspect of the game in order to take heat off the passing game as well as keep opposing offenses off the field.
Arian Foster will enter camp as the starter after a strong finish to last season and Steve Slaton will offer a strong challenge as he returns following surgery for a neck injury.
There will also be competition at the place kicking position between Kris Brown and Neil Rackers, who have been even so far in their duel.
Kubiak was pleased with the spring workouts but realizes that Houston must make the post season for the 2010 campaign to be considered a football betting success.
“I told them that we’ve had a good month and we’re going to move away from each other a little bit,” said the coach. He went on to add that they have been striving to make the playoffs for 4 years and this is the year they must get it done.
Defensive coordinator Frank Bush has been impressed with his veteran players’ leadership. Houston ranked 13th overall in the NFL for total defense and 17th for points permitted. Those are numbers that must improve for the playoffs to be possible.