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The Houston Texans, based in Houston, is a professional American gridiron football team. The Texans are the youngest franchise in the NFL and they play as part of the AFC South division. They rival in that division against the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tennessee Titans. Houston's conference is the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). 

The team plays its home games at the NRG Stadium. Bob McNair originally founded the team and he owned the franchise until his death 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 relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where they became known as the Tennessee Titans.

The Texans joined the NFL in 2002 as an expansion team and, as such, they are the newest franchise that currently plays as part of the NFL. When considering their achievements as a franchise, that's one thing that always has to be considered.

All About the Houston Texans

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. They won their first-ever divisional championship in their franchise history that season, thereby 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 accordingly, they have never reached the Super Bowl. Only the Texans, the Jaguars, the Cleveland Browns, and the Detroit Lions have failed to make any Super Bowl.

The Houston Texans first came into being back in October 1999, which means that their quarter-century mark for foundation is soon approaching. However, they didn’t join the NFL until the last expansion and realignment occurred in 2002. 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.

J.J. Watt played his best years with the Houston Texans. A recent retiree, most would consider him a lock to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Texans have had recent struggles. They failed to make the NFL playoffs in the 2022/23 season. In fact, they almost had the worst record in the league at 3-13-1, beating out the last-placed Bears by a tie.

The Houston Texans Player Personnel

  • Owner: Janice McNair
  • CEO: Cal McNair
  • President: Greg Grissom
  • Head Coach: Demeco Ryans
  • 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. 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. In their 42 meetings to date, the Titans have won 23 games, while the Texans have won 19. That suggests a fair degree of parity but the Titans have had a more successful history in the NFL overall, having won an AFC championship and 11 division titles (including their records as the Houston Oilers). The Titans have also made several playoff appearances, including an impressive run to the Super Bowl in 1999. Conversely, the Texans have yet to win a conference championship. However, they have made several playoff appearances in recent years and have a talented roster that includes star quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Despite the Texans' recent success, the Titans have had the upper hand in their head-to-head matchups, winning over 50% of their encounters. As the two teams continue to compete in the NFL, their rivalry is expected to remain competitive. In the 2023/24 NFL schedule, the two teams will face one another twice in December: firstly, on December 17th and then on the last day of the year.

The Indianapolis Colts

Another division rival is the Indianapolis Colts. Their rivalry became increasingly heated in the late 2010s when Houston developed a solid team that regularly competed for divisional championships and playoff spots. However, the Colts have generally been better than Houston. 

The Indianapolis Colts are currently leading the series against the Houston Texans -- and the margin is significant. The Colts have 32 wins, 10 losses, and 1 tie against the Texans. Despite the Texans' best efforts, they have rarely been unable to overcome the Colts' dominance. This trend would have to reverse for numerous years before any semblance of parity took place. However, for now (and at least the next decade), the Colts can bask in the glory of their impressive record against Houston.

The Dallas Cowboys

Also known as the Governor’s Cup or Battle of Texas, a rivalry between Dallas and Houston exists because their fan bases are in the same state. Before the Texans joined in 2002, the Cowboys main opponent was the Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans). It was natural that when the Houston Texans started to compete in the NFL, the rare game against Dallas would draw some extra attention than other league games. 

Since the Texans and Cowboys first met in 2002, they have played regular-season games every four years. The Cowboys lead this series 4-2 with a 27-23 victory taking place in the 2022/23 NFL season. They are not scheduled to meet one another in the upcoming regular season games.

Houston Texans Facts

In the history of the team, the most successful offensive 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 seasons in 2008 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.

Heading into the 2023/24 NFL season, the Houston Texans do not have a good outlook. It would be surprising to see them make the playoffs. Their best hope is that C.J. Stroud, their high draft pick from 2023, is wise beyond his years and helps the Texans post some surprising victories.

Championships Wins:

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.

Division Championships

The Houston Texans NFL team has won 6 Division championships as part of the AFC South division:

  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2018
  • 2019

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.

Players

  • 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?

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