(fanduel) NFL Profiles: Houston Texans 

The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston. The Texans compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference South division. The team plays its home games at NRG Stadium. The Texans are the youngest expansion team in the NFL, having only been competing in the NFL since 2002. For that reason, they have not had the history or the reputation on which to build classic rivalries like the ones that often exist between older franchises.

 

To both complement and supplement Fanduel’s Super Bowl odds, we will be documenting all the key facts and figures surrounding your favorite teams. We will uncover the history, statistics, and relevant landmark moments. Alongside that, we uncover both players and staff from the current regime and days gone by to provide the overall fan-focused article you desire. Our extensive NFL coverage turns its attention to Houston Texans in this piece, so sit back and enjoy the read and prepare to get educated about everything you need to know regarding the Houston Texans football team; 

 

Fun Facts

  • Battle Red Day: On Battle Red Day the team wears the red alternate jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear red to the game. Starting in 2007 and including 2008, this included the Texans wearing red pants along with the red jerseys.
  • Pre-Kickoff Tradition: Before each kickoff at a home game, the Texans will run a short clip of a raging bull thrashing the opponent of the week. The video is paired with the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck”.
  • Bull Pen: The sections behind the north end zone of NRG/Reliant Stadium are known as the Bull Pen. Some of the most avid Texans fans attend games in the Bull Pen and regular members have helped create and implement fan traditions, songs and chants, such as:
  1. Holding up giant Texans jerseys while the visiting team’s players are announced
  2. Turning their backs on the opposing team after they score
  3. Tailgating in the purple lot, the parking zone with the most barbecue for sale by fans and vendors
  4. Gathering as a group for tailgating in the NW corner of the Platinum Lot of Reliant Stadium at the “Blue Crew” tailgate and conducting the Bull Pen Toast every game approximately an hour and a half prior to kickoff

 

Club Background

Founded: 

2002

Team Colors:

Deep steel blue, battle red, liberty white

Mascot: 

Toro

Nicknames:

Texans

Stadium:

NRG Stadium, Houston Texas.

Capacity:

72,220

Record Attendance:

November 23, 2009, 71,153 

Owner: 

Carol Mcnair and E. Javier Loya (Minority Owner)

 

Recent History

Last Trophy: 

AFC South 2019

All-time Top Scorer:

Kris Brown 767points

Notable Former Players:

  • Aaron Glenn
  • Gary Walker
  • Andre Johnson
  • Jerome Mathis
  • DeMeco Ryans
  • Mario Williams
  • Owen Daniels
  • Brian Cushing
  • Matt Schaub
  • Arian Foster
  • Vonta Leach
  • Johnathan Joseph
  • Chris Myers
  • Antonio Smith
  • Duane Brown
  • Johnathan Joseph
  • Wade SmithWatt
  • Duane Brown
  • DeAndre Hopkins
  • Jon Weeks
  • Jadeveon Clowney
  • Benardrick McKinney
  • Lamar Miller
  • Deshaun Watson

Notable Former Coaches: 

  • Dom Capers
  • Gary Kubiak
  • Wade Phillips
  • Bill O’Brien
  • Romeo Crenne

Record Signing: 

Deandre Hopkins $81m

Current Performance 

Last Five Results: 

LWLLW

Last Five Finishing Positions:

2016 NFL AFC South 1st 9 7 0 Won Wild Card playoffs 

Lost Divisional playoffs 

2017 NFL AFC South 4th 4 12 0

2018 NFL AFC South 1st 11 5 0 Lost Wild Card playoffs 

2019 NFL AFC South 1st 10 6 0 Won Wild Card playoffs 

2020 NFL AFC South 3rd 4 12 0

CEO:

Cal McNair

Coach:

David Culley

Notable Current Players: 

Quarterbacks

  • 10 Davis Mills
  •  5 Tyrod Taylor
  •  4 Deshaun Watson

 

Running backs

  • 28 Rex Burkhead
  • 26 Royce Freeman
  • 31 David Johnson

 

Wide receivers

  • 12 Nico Collins
  • 18 Chris Conley
  • 13 Brandin Cooks
  • 81 Davion Davis
  •  2 Phillip Dorsett
  • 15 Chris Moore

 

Tight ends

  • 88 Jordan Akins
  • 83 Antony Auclair
  • 85 Pharaoh Brown
  •  6 Jeff Driskel
  •  9 Brevin Jordan

 

Offensive linemen

  • 68 Justin Britt 
  • 72 Geron Christian 
  • 67 Charlie Heck 
  • 71 Tytus Howard 
  • 64 Justin McCray 
  • 79 Jimmy Morrissey 
  • 74 Max Scharping 
  • 65 Lane Taylor 
  • 66 Cole Toner 

 

Defensive linemen

  • 90 Ross Blacklock 
  • 97 Maliek Collins 
  • 52 Jonathan Greenard 
  • 93 Jaleel Johnson 
  • 91 Roy Lopez 
  • 54 Jacob Martin 
  • 95 Derek Rivers 

 

Linebackers

  • 43 Neville Hewitt 
  • 58 Christian Kirksey 
  • 57 Kevin Pierre-Louis 
  • 32 Garret Wallow 
  • 59 Eric Wilson 

 

Defensive backs

  •  8 Terrence Brooks 
  •  1 Lonnie Johnson Jr. 
  • 25 Desmond King 
  • 39 Terrance Mitchell 
  • 33 A. J. Moore 
  • 22 Jimmy Moreland 
  • 23 Eric Murray 
  • 36 Jonathan Owens 
  • 20 Justin Reid 
  • 24 Tremon Smith 
  • 37 Tavierre Thomas 

 

Special teams

  • 11 Cameron Johnston 
  • 7 Kaʻimi Fairbairn 
  • 46 Jon Weeks 

 

8:20 p.m. ET: Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans 9-23-21 Smackdown!

The Panthers (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) have been impressive through two games, taking care of the Jets 19-14 as 3.5-point home favorites in the opener and then upsetting the Saints 26-7 last week as 3-point home dogs. Meanwhile, the Texans (1-1 SU, 2-0 ATS) have also covered both of their games thus far, upsetting the Jags 37-21 as 3.5-point home dogs and then losing to the Browns 31-21 last week but covering as 13.5-point road dogs. This line opened with Carolina listed as a 7-point road favorite. A combination of early sharp money and steady public support has pushed Carolina up from -7 to -8. Before Tyrod Taylor got hurt, the early line was Carolina -3.5. With rookie Davis Mills starting, the opener was adjusted to -7.

If you missed the early number on the Panthers, the Texans could be worth a look as a buy-low value play. The public is all over Carolina, which gives Houston contrarian value in a heavily bet primetime game, plus an inflated line at 8. Dogs are 21-11 ATS (66 percent) this season. Primetime dogs are 4-2 ATS this season and 32-21 (60 percent) since 2020. Alex Kemp, the lead official, has historically favored home teams (27-20, 58 percent ATS).

If you like the Panthers, consider them in a teaser. You could tease Carolina down from -8 to -2, which goes through a pair of key numbers in 7 and 3. Going through multiple key numbers is the wiseguy approach to teasers.

The total opened at 44 and despite the public taking the over, the line has fallen to 43. This reverse line movement signals some smart under money. One interesting trend we’ve seen this season: primetime overs are a perfect 6-0. 

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ALERT: WR Brandin Cooks has Been Traded to Texans

Brandin Cooks may or may not be great, but QB Deshaun Watson should be able to get him the ball!  Our view: Our AI power rankings  have Houston as just an average  NFL team, and the Rams in the top 10. This trade will not change that balance of power.

 

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