The Houston Texans, based in Houston, is a professional American football team that plays as part of the AFC South division, along with the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The team plays its home games at the NRG Stadium.
The Texans are one of the league’s newer teams, having been founded in 1999, owned by Bob McNair until he died in 2018. After he passed away, the majority ownership of the Texans was inherited by McNair’s wife, Janice.
The Texans were originally founded to replace the Houston Oilers, the city’s previous NFL franchise, who played there from 1960 and 1996 before they upped sticks and moved over to Nashville, Tennessee, where they became known as the Tennessee Titans. They joined the NFL in 2002 as an expansion team and, as such, as the newest franchise that currently plays as part of the NFL to date.
Although the Texans had a tough time in the first ten years in the NFL, they eventually tasted a bit of success in the 2011 season, by winning the first-ever division championship in their franchise history and reaching the playoffs for the first time. Since then, they have managed five more AFC South division wins between 2012 to 2019. However, they are also the only NFL franchise that has never yet reached a conference championship game – and thus have never reached the Super Bowl.
All About the Houston Texans
The Houston Texans first came into being back in October 1999, which makes them just over 2 decades old. However, they didn’t join the NFL until the last expansion and realignment in 2002. Their home stadium and headquarters is at the NRG Stadium. Although they have had no MVPs there have been several Texan players selected for the pro bowl – including 2014, when there was a real Texan Pro bowl purge with 13 players selected, 4 as starters. The Texans have had recent struggles – and in January 2021, despite hiring new head coach David Culley, the entire team performed under par, which led to Culley’s firing just one year later, in January 2022.
The Houston Texans Player Personnel
- Owner: Janice McNair
- CEO: Cal McNair
- President: Greg Grissom
- Head Coach: Vacant
- General Manager: Nick Caserio
In the history of the team, the most successful player to date is arguably Andre Johnson, who played for the team between 2003 to 2014 as a Wide Receiver. In that time he played in the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, enjoyed All-Pro selection four times, was selected for the Pro Bowl seven times and was enshrined in the Texans Ring of Honor. As such, he is considered the first NFL superstar to wear the Texans uniform. He was also the first player in the franchise history to receive numerous All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections. He finished seven seasons with more than 1,000 receiving records. Also, as of the 2020 season, he has ranked 11th in the league’s history for receiving yardage and career receptions. He is only eligible for the pro football Hall of Fame after the 2022 season.
Johnson made his mark straight away – even in his rookie season. He managed his first 1,000-yard season in 2004 – and again in 2006. After excellent careers in 20008 and 2009, he signed an extension with the Houston Texans in 2010 which made him the NFL’s highest-paid receiver – a deal which he hoped would seal his entire career with the team. However, after 2014, when he was told his offensive role would be reduced and the team failed to land a trade for him, he was released. Although he played a season with the Colts and one with the Titans, he signed a one day contract with the Texans that allowed him to retire as a Texan in 2017.
The Houston Texans Main Rivalries
Because they are the youngest team in the NFL, they haven’t been there for long enough to establish historical rivalries. However, they have three divisional rivalries:
The Tennessee Titans
This is the main division rival with the Houston Texans for several reasons. Despite not having been around for so long, this has still managed to become an intense rivalry. The Tennessee Titans – the team that was formerly based in Houston as the Houston Oilers, has an obvious rivalry with Houston’s current team… the replacement team. When the NFL expanded and realigned in 2002, they put a new team into Houston – and this realignment also led to the creation of the new AFC South division which put the two teams together as division rivals.
The two teams first met in November 2002, and the Titans won 17-10. Up until the end of the 2021 season, the teams have met 40 times, all in regular season with no postseason games. The Titans lead in terms of wins, with 22-18. However, the largest victory to date was by the Texans in 2017, who beat the Titans 57-14.
The Indianapolis Colts
Another division rival is the Indianapolis Colts – albeit a rather new rivalry, given how young the Texans still are. However, they have both been division rivals since being placed in the AFC South division in 2002 and it has intensified ever since. It became increasingly heated in the late 2010s, although the Colts certainly dominated for most of the 2000s.
Although most of the Colts fans don’t take it too seriously, the Texans fans do, given the Colts extended period of dominance in the division. The Colts won their first nine games in the series and became regular Super Bowl contenders, especially with Peyton Manning on the roster. Meanwhile, the Texans were struggling, only managing a winning season in 2009. They did become playoff contenders in the 2010s and ever since the two teams have fought for division dominance. They have met 41 times – 40 in regular season, with the Colts leading 31-9 and once in the 2018 Wild Card round in the playoffs, the Colts winning that game.
The Dallas Cowboys
Also known as the Governor’s Cup or Battle of Texas, this is the title fought over by the two NFL Texas teams. Before the Texans joined in 2002, the Cowboys main opponent was the Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans)
Since the Texans and Cowboys first met in 2002, they have played regular-season games every four years, and quite often in the preseason. They are generally scheduled to play in the preseason every year that they don’t play in the regular season. In regular-season games, up until 2022, the Cowboys lead the way 3-2. However, in the preseason, the Texans lead 7-5.
Houston Texans Facts
Everything you need to know about the Houston Texans…
In NFL history, the Houston Texans have never won a League Championship or Super Bowl title.
NFL/NFC Conference Championships
In the Houston Texans’ history, they have never won the AFC conference championship.
The Houston Texans NFL team has won 6 Division championships as part of the AFC South division:
Playoff Berth Appearances
The Houston Texans have made divisional playoff appearances 6 times as part of the NFL:
2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Houston Texans Home Fields
Since they were first created, the Houston Texans have had one home field:
- The NRG Stadium – from 2002 until present
Houston Texans Pro Football Hall of Famers
Here are the players who have spent all or part of their football careers playing for the Houston Texans and who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- No. Player Position Dates Induction
- 20 Ed Reed S 2013 2019
Houston Texans FAQs
What Types of Bets Can I Put on the Texans?
More NFL sites than ever before offer different bet types. If you’re looking for a long-term wager, you can try futures betting, for example, on the Super Bowl. To bet on the Texans winning the Super Bowl, just clock on the Super Bowl menu, teams and choose Texans.
If you want to bet on a stand-alone game, then you can either wager on the team or the single-player playlist playoffs performance. This allows you to bet on how one player performs, regardless of the team result. Another option, if you want a long term type of wager, is fantasy football betting. Just open the draft fantasy menu games, then download draft fantasy filter and scroll through the players and put together your perfect NFL team.
How Do I Choose a Bookmaker to Bet on the Texans?
Make sure you pick a licensed, regulated and recommended bookmaker in your state or region. The look through its different features – such as good customer service, value odds, in-play bets, live streaming, audio gallery, promo codes and bonus offers.
Before placing a bet, do your research. Look at the team’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook page etc, then read current information like gamepass, games insights and location network news, pause, consider your odds, value and information then make the best value bet.