Houston Texans preview 2023: Over or under 6.5 wins? Chances to claim AFC South title?

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Houston Texans' C.J. Stroud (7) takes part in a drill during an organized team activity at the football team's training facility Tuesday, May 23, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

It’s NFL team preview time. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 25 through Sept. 8, we will take an in-depth look at each team in the NFL with a 7- to 10-minute video going through impactful additions and departures, last year’s rankings and strength of schedule in 2023.

Home Field Sports analyst Jim Derry will then make a prediction on the team’s record this season and where they will finish in their respective division, along with the over/under win total, as posted by Caesars Sportsbook.

These stories are a brief summary of the accompanied preview videos – powered by the Dattitude Podcast (which will review each division every Friday until the season begins). The schedule for when each team will run is listed below with a link to each story and video that already has run.

HOUSTON TEXANS

2022 record: 3-13-1, 4th in AFC South; did not make playoffs.

2023 bye week: 7

Coach: DeMeco Ryans (1st season)

2023 Draft: 1 (second overall pick), QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State; 1 (3), DE Will Anderson, Alabama; 2 (62), C Juice Scruggs, Penn State; 3 (69), WR Nathaniel Dell, Houston; 4 (109), DE Dylan Horton, TCU; 5 (167), LB Henry To’oto’o, Alabama; 6 (201), C Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame; 6 (203), WR Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State; 7 (248), S Brandon Hill, Pittsburgh.

Free-agent signings: WR Robert Woods, 2 years, $15.25 million; S Jimmie Ward, 2 years, $13 million; FB Andrew Beck, 2 years, $6.75 million; QB Case Keenum, 2 years, $6.25 million; RB Mike Boone, 2 years, $3.1 million; DT Sheldon Rankins, 1 year, $10.5 million; TE Dalton Schultz, 1 year, $9 million; DT Hassan Ridgeway, 1 year, $4 million; RB Devin Singletary, 1 year, $3.75 million; DB Tavierre Thomas, 1 year, $3 million; LB Denzel Perryman, 1 year, $2.6 million; WR Noah Brown, 1 year, $2.6 million; LB Cory Littleton, 1 year, $2.2 million; DE Chase Winovich, 1 year, $2 million; C Michael Deiter, 1 year, $1.23 million; DE Derek Rivers, 1 year, $1.06 million

Key moments in video: DeMeco Ryans in his first year as coach (2:10); The draft and newcomers, including CJ Stroud and Will Anderson (2:35); Will the offense be any better than last year’s 31st ranking? (4:00); Breaking down Texans schedule (5:35); Over/Under win totals, predictions and projected record and finish in division (7:00)

PREVIEW SCHEDULE / LINKS

AFC SOUTH

July 25: Houston Texans

July 26: Indianapolis Colts

July 27: Jacksonville Jaguars

July 28: Tennessee Titans

NFC WEST

Aug. 1: Arizona Cardinals

Aug. 2: Los Angeles Rams

Aug. 3: San Francisco 49ers

Aug. 4: Seattle Seahawks

AFC WEST

Aug. 8: Denver Broncos

Aug. 9: Kansas City Chiefs

Aug. 10: Las Vegas Raiders

Aug. 11: Los Angeles Chargers

NFC EAST

Aug. 15: Dallas Cowboys

Aug. 16: New York Giants

Aug. 17: Philadelphia Eagles

Aug. 18: Washington Commanders

AFC EAST

Aug. 22: Buffalo Bills

Aug. 23: Miami Dolphins

Aug. 24: New England Patriots

Aug. 25: New York Jets

NFC NORTH

Aug. 29: Chicago Bears

Aug. 29: Detroit Lions

Aug. 30: Green Bay Packers

Aug. 30: Minnesota Vikings

AFC NORTH

Aug. 31: Baltimore Ravens

Aug. 31: Cincinnati Bengals

Sept. 1: Cleveland Browns

Sept. 2: Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC SOUTH

Sept. 5: Atlanta Falcons

Sept. 6: Carolina Panthers

Sept. 7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sept. 8: New Orleans Saints

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