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Will Texans make it to playoffs?

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS UNDER 10½ wins (-125) — I like Colts over a lot more than Saints under, and my wager amount would/will likely reflect that. This is strictly a trend play.

NEW YORK GIANTS UNDER 8½ wins (+140) — Eli Manning's perpetually confused look is enough for me to go under (especially at +140) in a division where the Cowboys and Eagles are likely playoff teams and the Redskins will be improved. Seriously, Eli Manning walking to the line of scrimmage looks like the old man Brooks trying to cross the street in The Shawshank Redemption. (You're starting to see my selection methods are not all that scientific.)

And finally...HOUSTON TEXANS OVER 8½ wins (-105) — Blind faith, myopia, call it what you will. I just know that the Texans have hit the over the last three seasons.

Gary Kubiak better not be dreaming up any more halfback passes in the red zone.
Aaron M. Sprecher
Gary Kubiak better not be dreaming up any more halfback passes in the red zone.
Is it going to be Super Mario or ­Average Mario­?
Aaron M. Sprecher
Is it going to be Super Mario or ­Average Mario­?

A couple Texans-related prop bets I really like...

HOUSTON TEXANS, MOST POINTS SCORED (25/1) — If the Texans get their red-zone issues figured out and they get better accuracy in the kicking game, this is a great value play. The Texans are going to be involved in some shootouts this year. Fire $10 to win your $250 and thank me later.

MATT SCHAUB, Leading league in passing yards (13/2) — Arian Foster has looked solid in camp, but I don't think you can feel nearly comfortable enough about the Texans' running game to think they won't be throwing it all over the yard again in 2010.

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