NFL betting hopes are high on the Houston Texans for 2010 and they will begin their quest for a first ever playoff spot with a preseason sports betting matchup at Arizona. The Texans had the top passing attack in the NFL last year but will have to use the preseason to adjust to the loss of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who left to join his dad in that same position with the Washington Redskins.
Houston also wants to use the exhibition season to be better prepared for a good start for when things count in September as they stumbled out of the gate last year before recovering strong and finishing at 9-7, which was the first winning season in franchise history.
Head coach Gary Kubiak has a great offensive mind and will help with the loss of Shanahan. The Texans have shown gradual but significant improvement under Kubiak and expectations are at an all time high.
“Guys don’t just look towards just getting to the playoffs,” said receiver Andre Johnson. “They look forward to getting to the Super Bowl.”
Sportsbook SBGGlobal.com opened with the game as a pick’em with an over/under set at 33.5.
The Texans were able to sign their top two drafts picks for the preseason as they locked in cornerback Kareem Jackson and running back Ben Tate.
A big priority for the Texans in preseason is an improved running game as they lost five games by less than a touchdown in large part because the running game could not milk the clock and protect leads.
“I think it’s very important to know we can line up late in games and close games out and control the ball better in some situations where we weren’t able to control or finish some games last year,” said Kubiak.
Meanwhile the Arizona Cardinals, 2-time defending NFC West Division champions, must forge on without quarterback Kurt Warner, who has retired. Matt Leinart, Arizona’s 2006 number one draft pick, will get a second lease on life as he is again the starter after failing in his first attempt at the gig. The former Heisman Trophy winner says he is ready this time around.
During preseason games handicappers can expect Derek Anderson, John Skelton, and Max Hall to also get plenty of snaps at quarterback.
The Cardinals will keep gamblers busy and guessing during the exhibition slate as they have plenty of potential roster changes.