2023 NFL Predictions: AFC South

Before the start of the season, we will post NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, we've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totaled them up.

The four AFC South teams are projected to win the fewest games combined among the four AFC divisions, and only the NFC West is projected to win fewer combined games than the AFC South in our full-season projections.

See where the Texans stand in our 2023 AFC South Predictions

2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Houston Texans

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Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Houston Texans.

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C.J. Stroud524.7327.93646.718.8914.1744.3181.61.33219.23
Davis Mills33.521.1224.51.190.995.314.80.1113.9

C.J. Stroud: Stroud has consistently earned praise from his coaches and teammates throughout the offseason. Unsurprisingly, he's been officially named the Week 1 starter against the Baltimore Ravens. An accurate passer when given time in the pocket at Ohio State, Stroud consistently made plays outside of structure against the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff. He's off the fantasy radar in single-QB redraft leagues, but he should increase the overall efficiency of Houston's offense in 2023.

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Houston Texans: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Houston Texans in 2023.

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WeekDateOpponentTime (ET) / Tickets
Week 1Sun., Sep. 10at Baltimore RavensL 9-25
Week 2Sun., Sep. 17vs. Indianapolis ColtsL 20-31
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24at Jacksonville Jaguars1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1vs. Pittsburgh Steelers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 5Sun., Oct. 8at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15vs. New Orleans Saints1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 7BYE
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29at Carolina Panthers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 10Sun., Nov. 12at Cincinnati Bengals1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 11Sun., Nov. 19vs. Arizona Cardinals1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 12Sun., Nov. 26vs. Jacksonville Jaguars1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 13Sun., Dec. 3vs. Denver Broncos4:05 PM / Tickets
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10at New York Jets1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 15Sun., Dec. 17at Tennessee Titans1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 16Sun., Dec. 24vs. Cleveland Browns1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31vs. Tennessee Titans1:00 PM / Tickets
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7at Indianapolis ColtsTBD / Tickets

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Houston Texans Mock Draft Roundup 1.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Houston Texans Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Houston Texans from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Houston Texans:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (5/9)

17. Michael Hall Jr., IDL, Ohio State

The Texans traded up to select disruptive edge Will Anderson Jr., and now they get a disruptive presence on the interior. Hall Jr. had 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks last season for the Buckeyes.

CBS Sports - Josh Edwards (5/8)

20. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Houston has Dalton Schultz on a one-year contract but can upgrade the position at a cheaper rate.

ESPN - Todd McShay (5/4)

17. Maason Smith, IDL, LSU

The Texans traded their own first-rounder, but they still have the Browns' pick. Receiver could be in play, but I like the fit for Smith here. He looked great as a freshman in 2021 but tore his left ACL in the 2022 opener. If he returns to form next season, he could be a Day 1 pick. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, he has good size and quickness, and he managed four sacks from the interior during that '21 season. Sheldon Rankins and Maliek Collins could both be headed to free agency, which would open up a spot inside. Few teams were worse against the run last season than Houston, which gave up 5.1 yards per carry.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (5/2)

20. Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

In Alt and Blake Fisher, Notre Dame has a pair of offensive tackles to keep on the radar for next year's draft class. Alt is a former high school tight end, and his father, John, was an offensive lineman and first-round pick of the Chiefs in 1984.

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Houston Texans - 2023 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2023 NFL Draft picks selected by the Houston Texans.

12C.J. StroudQBOhio State
13Will Anderson Jr.EDGEAlabama
262Juice ScruggsCPenn State
369Tank DellWRHouston
4109Dylan HortonEDGETCU
5167Henry To'oTo'oLBAlabama
6201Jarrett PattersonCNotre Dame
6205Xavier HutchinsonWRIowa State
7248Brandon HillSPittsburgh

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2023 NFL Power Rankings: Houston Texans

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Houston Texans in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Player: CB Steven Nelson
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

The Texans gave Nelson a small raise in August but no long-term extension. Through two games, he has an interception and another pass breakup. If he maintains this level of play for the rest of the season, will the Texans extend him before the end of the season or let him test free agency? Allowing him to test free agency could leave the Texans with a void or questions at cornerback going into 2024. -- DJ Bien-Aime

NFL.com -- Rank: 31

There's only so much silver lining a franchise can inlay after an 0-2 start, which was preceded by 11 victories over the previous three seasons. But it's hard not to give Houston credit for fighting back against the Colts with a group that entered the game missing both starting safeties, both starting tackles and two interior O-linemen (and replacement safety Eric Murray was hurt on Sunday). Probably the brightest part of the 31-20 loss was rookie QB C.J. Stroud, who gutted through a right shoulder injury throughout. He overcame an early fumble to throw for 384 yards and two TDs despite taking six sacks and at least nine hits. But can the Texans protect him? That's what has to keep DeMeco Ryans up at night.

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