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Houston Texans NFL Week 2 Odds

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The Houston Texans knew going into the season they would likely start their 2020 campaign 0-2. Houston had to face the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the first game of the season, and while the Texans jumped out to a 7-0 lead, they eventually lost by two touchdowns. Now, they must face the other team that was favored to win this year’s Super Bowl per the NFL futures odds in the Baltimore Ravens. The secondary is sure to get quite the workout with yet another NFL MVP at quarterback on the opposing team.

2020 Houston Texans at a Glance

Super Bowl Odds: +9500

AFC Championship Odds: +4800

Houston Texans Week 2 Odds

Houston Texans +6.5

Baltimore Ravens -6.5

Total 53

Houston Texans Week 2 Matchup

Lamar Jackson picked up right where he left off in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. If opponents thought they might have figured out how to beat Jackson from what the Tennessee Titans did to him in last year’s playoffs, they were sadly mistaken as he torched the Browns in a 38-6 beatdown. Jackson was somewhat bottled up when he decided to make something happen with his legs, but he completed 20 of 25 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns to make this offense very efficient.

It was obvious that Cleveland’s intent was to stop the run, and the Browns did a good job of that, holding Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins to 3.0 YPC. However, that just allowed the receivers and tight ends to make more of an impact as the Browns were unable to disguise coverages much.

Houston’s defensive gameplan will be interesting. J.J. Watt is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, but Jackson’s mobility might lead to the Texans looking to mush rush in order to force Jackson to stay in the pocket. That is much easier said than done given Jackson’s physical tools, and it doesn’t help that the Texans don’t have great options in the secondary.

The Texans are going to have more success moving the ball on the Ravens than the Browns did on Sunday. Houston has had a few extra days to prepare for Baltimore, and Deshaun Watson is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Watson didn’t have his best outing last week against Kansas City, but he wasn’t bad as he was trying to develop rapport with new options like Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks.

Will Fuller V is likely to see a lot of targets once more. Fuller was targeted on 10 of Watson’s passes, so the Ravens are going to focus their efforts on stopping him in the passing game. David Johnson will see a lot of work too as Bill O’Brien continues to try to justify the DeAndre Hopkins trade.

Houston Texans Week 1 Recap

The defending Super Bowl champions didn’t have much trouble with the Texans in Week 1. Patrick Mahomes only threw for 211 yards, but he didn’t need to do much to lead Kansas City to a 34-20 victory to kick off the season.

Mahomes’ three favorite targets all caught touchdown passes as Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill saw the lion’s share of the work. Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire was arguably the most impressive player on Thursday night though with 25 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown, proving that he can carry the load when the Chiefs turned to him to salt the game away late.

Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham had decent performances as Houston’s linebackers are a talented bunch, but it wasn’t enough to slow down this offense.

David Johnson saw most of the work out of the backfield for the Texans, averaging 7.0 YPC and scoring the first touchdown of the 2020 season. He was used as a receiver more than Duke Johnson too, and it will be interesting to see if that trend holds up in subsequent weeks. Deshaun Watson used his mobility to scamper for a score in garbage time too, but by that time it was too little too late. Kenny Stills failed to catch a pass after being one of Houston’s top receivers in 2019.

Houston Texans Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Kansas City Chiefs L 34-20 0-1
    Thursday, September 10 8:20 PM (NBC)
Week 2 vs Baltimore Ravens Sunday, September 20 4:25 PM (CBS)
Week 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, September 27 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 4 vs Minnesota Vikings Sunday, October 4 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 5 vs Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, October 11 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 6 at Tennessee Titans Sunday, October 18 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 7 vs Green Bay Packers Sunday, October 25 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, November 8 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 10 at Cleveland Browns Sunday, November 15 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 11 vs New England Patriots Sunday, November 22 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 12 at Detroit Lions Thursday, November 26 12:30 PM (CBS)
Week 13 vs Indianapolis Colts Sunday, December 6 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 14 at Chicago Bears Sunday, December 13 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 15 at Indianapolis Colts Sunday, December 20 TBD
Week 16 vs Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, December 27 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 17 vs Tennessee Titans Sunday, January 3 1:00 PM (CBS)
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Texans Past Seasons (2002)

2019 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2018 11-5 Lost Wild Card
2017 4-12 None
2016 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
2015 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2014 9-7 None
2013 2-14 None
2012 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2011 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2010 6-10 None
2009 9-7 None
2008 8-8 None
2007 8-8 None
2006 6-10 None
2005 2-14 None
2004 7-9 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 4-12 None

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