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Post-Preseason NFL Betting Lines: Texans Open The Season At 45 To 1 To Win Super Bowl

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Got an extra C-note laying around somewhere? Battle Red Blog has some betting lines for your consideration, courtesy of TopBet.

$4500 can buy a lot of chicken and shrimp.
$4500 can buy a lot of chicken and shrimp.
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Coming off one of the most headlined summers in team history, the Houston Texans are your classic underdog heading into the new NFL year. The offense will look quite a bit different, while the already stellar defense took things up a notch with some veteran help.

How different will the offense be? Brian Hoyer is now at the helm, for one. DeAndre Hopkins, Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington will collectively try to fill the hole left behind by Andre Johnson. Oh, and Arian Foster is out for around a month. It's not a complete overhaul, of course. The NFL's least productive group of tight ends will all be back!

Despite the turmoil on offense, the Week 1 NFL betting line at TopBet shows the Texans (-1.5) dropping fellow AFC contending Chiefs (+1.5) in their season opener, and you can thank the defense for that.

They were one of the league's best units thanks in large part to J.J. Watt. He’s coming off an almost MVP caliber season, where he won Defensive Player of the Year. He added 20.5 sacks, two defensive and three offensive touchdowns and he's looking strong and quick as ever. The man never stops trying to get better.

The addition of long-time Patriot Vince Wilfork combined with the return of young Jadeveon Clowney should give Watt plenty of help throughout the season. But there are simply too many unknowns so far and the preseason betting lines reflect that.

Here are the odds for Houston winning the AFC Championship in January 2016.

Team

Odds

Indianapolis Colts

+300

New England Patriots

+350

Denver Broncos

+400

Baltimore Ravens

+1,000

Pittsburgh Steelers

+1,200

Miami Dolphins

+1,400

Buffalo Bills

+1,600

Kansas City Chiefs

+1,800

Cincinnati Bengals

+2,000

Houston Texans

+2,200

San Diego Chargers

+2,200

Oakland Raiders

+3,000

New York Jets

+3,300

Cleveland Browns

+6,000

Jacksonville Jaguars

+10,000

Tennessee Titans

+10,000


And here are the Super Bowl futures for each team, again per TopBet.

Team

Odds

Seattle Seahawks

+700

New England Patriots

+700

Indianapolis Colts

+700

Green Bay Packers

+800

Philadelphia Eagles

+800

Denver Broncos

+800

Dallas Cowboys

+1,500

Baltimore Ravens

+2,000

Minnesota Vikings

+2,400

Pittsburgh Steelers

+2,500

Miami Dolphins

+2,800

Buffalo Bills

+3,500

New York Giants

+3,500

Kansas City Chiefs

+3,500

Arizona Cardinals

+3,500

Atlanta Falcons

+4,000

Houston Texans

+4,500

Detroit Lions

+4,500

New Orleans Saints

+4,500

San Diego Chargers

+4,500

Cincinnati Bengals

+5,000

Oakland Raiders

+6,000

St Louis Rams

+7,000

Carolina Panthers

+7,000

New York Jets

+7,000

San Francisco 49ers

+8,000

Chicago Bears

+10,000

Washington Redskins

+10,000

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

+10,000

Cleveland Browns

+12,500

Tennessee Titans

+15,000

I wrote a post like this just after the draft, and it appears that lines-makers are slightly more confident in the Texans, lessening the line from 50 to 1 down to 45 to 1 since May.

Personally, I'm looking at that +1500 for the Dallas Cowboys. I mean, Tony Romo can't muck things up every year can he? And he's got an elite offensive line (with depth, even!) in front of him and some potent weapons around him. That'd be my pick.

Confused? You can learn more about futures betting here.

What say you, readers? Got a hot tip? Have much experience in sports betting? Share your stories down below. Happy Labor Day!