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The Houston Texans are favorites to finish as the worst team in the NFL. Just ask oddsmakers, who have the Texans at -120 to win under 4.5 games compared to -105 to win more than 4.5 games. Even mock drafts are forecasting Houston will pick No. 1 overall with their proprietary selection in the 2022 NFL draft.
However, there are other inferences that indicate analysts and commentators don’t believe Houston will be the worst team in the NFL.
According to Adam Schein from NFL.com, who released his nine bold predictions for 2022, he has the New York Jets finishing as the 16th team in the AFC. Furthermore Schein has the Chicago Bears finishing as the worst team in the NFL, and he mentioned the Atlanta Falcons as another logical choice.
The Texans would avoid being the worst team in the NFL if these scenarios occurred, but they would still be one of the bottom tier teams in the league. Perhaps the first season under coach Lovie Smith won’t be as ugly as it seems.
If Houston finished as one of the bottom-7 teams in the NFL, it would give them decent draft positioning to put the final touches on the roster. If general manager Nick Caserio felt that quarterback was the answer, they would need to build a package to move up in the top-5 to take their guy. That is where the benefit of having two first-round picks through the 2024 draft comes in handy.