Tyrod Taylor Being Named Texans Starting QB is Good for Bettors

Tyrod Taylor will start for the Houston Texans in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home.
Tyrod Taylor will start for the Houston Texans in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home. / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Following in the line of "noteworthy" QB1 social media announcements, the Houston Texans have finally announced their starting quarterback for 2021.

It's... Wait for it... Tyrod Taylor.

Yes, I hear the crickets as loudly as you do.

This ultimately isn't a surprise, as Taylor was brought in this offseason in light of both a demanded trade as well as ongoing sexual misconduct allegations surrounding their franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. When Training Camp began, the Texans had listed Watson as their No. 4 quarterback on the depth chart and at times, the "scout team" safety. The entire situation has been an absolute mess from the very beginning.

Meanwhile, WynnBET has the Texans with not only the lowest Super Bowl odds of any team this season, they also have them for the lowest win totals on the board at just four on the season. Houston may not be favored in any game this season, including to start the year against a one-win Jacksonville Jaguars team from a year ago.

Right now, the betting line is Jacksonville -3 at -105 odds (bet $105 to win $100 if the Jaguars win by more than three points). As kickoff inches closer, it wouldn't surprise me to see the line move even further in the Jaguars' direction.

If it does, that's when Texans' bettors should be ready to pounce.

Tyrod Taylor is a Covering Machine

The Texans could be a live underdog when they host Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon. Even without Deshaun Watson under center, Taylor still has several years experience in the league and won't be competing against any sort of juggernaut squad in the Jaguars. Plus, it's the first professional regular season game for both quarterback Trevor Lawrence, as well as head coach Urban Meyer.

Throughout his career, Taylor is 26-18-3 against the spread and is 24-21-1 lifetime in the NFL.

This isn't any sort of endorsement on the Texans for the entire season, but when it comes down to one game, at one time during the year, I think Houston may actually be in their best position to get a win. I like them to cover the three points to begin the year.

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