Early NFL Season Win Total Lines Have Brought Out a New Trash-Talky Side of Bob McNair

"I think we are a contender, so that's no surprise to me. I guess they got tired of losing money out there, putting our over-and-under too low, so they're getting more realistic." -- Houston Texans owner Bob McNair trash-talking the oddsmakers when asked about the Texans' status as favorites in the AFC South

I am really hoping that quotes like the one above are signs of a subtle "trash-talking" heel turn for the venerable owner of our hometown team. You've got to love Bob McNair taking revisionist umbrage with the sports books in Vegas supposedly shortchanging the Texans on the total in their season win total prop bet in years past.

Never mind that just two seasons ago, with Vegas setting the number at 8.5 (and the wagering "juice" amount skewed heavily toward the over), the Texans went out and laid a six-win dud that nearly got Gary Kubiak whacked.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts afternoon drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the post game show for the Houston Texans.
Contact: Sean Pendergast