Texans' Strength of Schedule Could Point to Going Under Season-Long Win Total

Zach Brunner
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Despite starting off the season 0-3, the Houston Texans regrouped and finished the 2018 season with a solid 11-5 record. While many believe the team will actually be better now that they are healthier, they may struggle to finish the season with the same amount of wins, after being given the toughest schedule in the NFL. This could point to them finishing under their win total of 8.5, set by FanDuel Sportsbook.

Going from the easiest to the toughest schedule changes a lot. Houston had been a team characterized as being a quarterback away from a championship for years. Now with Deshaun Watson at the helm, it's secure at the position, but it will surely be tested early and often.

The Texans have four road trips in the first seven weeks of the season, traveling to the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. In between these games, they will host the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. Not one of these games will be easy, and they also have non-divisional games against the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots later in the season.

To say the least, this is a brutal schedule for the Texans. If they end up reaching the playoffs, it will be well earned.

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