On Sunday the Houston Texans moved to 6-4 on the season following a nail-biting victory over the Arizona Cardinals. With a Sunday clash against the Jacksonville Jaguars on deck, the Texans playoff chances entering December are looking decent for the first time since 2019. But what will the last full month of the regular season bring for the Texans?
With a make-or-break month ahead for C.J. Stroud and company, BetTexas.com turned to StatMuse.com to analyze the records of every NFL team in the final month of the year since 2013 to see where the Texans rank amongst the league’s best December teams. But after running the numbers, let’s just say we hope December treats Texans fans better than it has for the past decade.
Note: not all teams participated in the same amount of games, so ranking is based on win percentage. See the full results below.
NFL Records in December Since 2013
Recent History Not Good For Texans
In the past decade, the Houston Texans have only won 16 games, managing a .372 win percentage — tied with the Las Vegas Raiders for the 28th worst December record in the NFL. But with 5 games left in 2023, can the up-start Texans make this Christmas season merry and bright for all their fans across Texas sports betting?
Following this Sunday’s match against the Jags, the Texans will face off against the Denver Broncos at home in Week 13 for their first December game of 2023. The Russell Wilson-led Broncos seem to have righted the ship under head coach Sean Payton, and are currently on a four game win streak.
Next up the Texans will travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets in Week 14. Who will be the Jets starting QB for that one remains to be seen, but it’s unlikely to be former 2nd overall pick Zach Wilson. After floundering in the wake of Aaron Rodgers’ heartbreaking Week 1 injury, Wilson was finally benched this past Sunday, and subsequently demoted all the way to the 3rd string option behind Tim Boyle and Trevor Siemian.
Week 15 will see Stroud take the field against fellow rookie QB Will Levis for another road game against the Tennessee Titans. In four games since he replaced Ryan Tannehill as the Titans’ starter, Levis has only gone 1-3, but nevertheless flashed some of the big play potential he showcased during his college career at Kentucky.
The Texans will return home in Week 16 for a Christmas Eve match-up against the Cleveland Browns. Led by current NFL sack leader Myles Garrett, the Browns defense has been playing the role of Grinch all season long, allowing the fewest yards in the league. But for what it’s worth, Cleveland is the worst December team over the past decade.
Finally, the Texans will wrap up the month with a New Years Eve re-match against the Titans at home.
With Stroud the presumptive Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Houston in the mix to lock up a playoff spot, Texans fans may be enjoying a very happy new year come January. Should they finally thrive in the last month of the year, monitor Texans Super Bowl odds at BetTexas.com.