Donít Forget About the Texans
In 2011, the Texans made the postseason for the first time in franchise history and won the AFC South division in the process. Unfortunately for the Texans, the team got knocked out by the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round 20-13 after clobbering the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card game by a score of 31-10.
Last season, the Texans won their division for the second straight season. Again, however, they had a similar fate in the postseason as they were eliminated by the New England Patriots in the divisional game by a score of 41-28.
Obviously, the Texans are not the only team in professional sports to have this problem but with a great defense and an offense that can usually score with the best of them, it is certainly peculiar that the Texans run into the same fate each season.
In a three-way tie for first in the AFC South, the Texans need to prove to the rest of the league that they are a team to be reckoned with. Sure, their playoff history is tough to look at considering how well they did in the regular season but this team has what it takes to do bigger and better things.
Texans’ starting quarterback Matt Schaub might not be Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, or Matt Ryan but Schaub is more than just a serviceable starter.
When it comes to the regular season, Schaub is usually one of the better quarterbacks in the league.
He puts up terrific offensive numbers, makes the Pro Bowl team, throws for over 4,000 yards, and more importantly, he wins a lot of games.
Schaub now needs to find a way to raise his game another level and lead his team farther into the postseason. If he can do that and do so by throwing lots of touchdown passes, avoiding turnovers and being one of the better game managers in the league, he could find his name among the elite quarterbacks in the league.
The Texans may have a lot of firepower on offense with the likes of Schaub, Andre Johnson, and Arain Foster but the team also has an excellent defense.
Leading that tight defense is J.J. Watt. Last season, Watt was the AP’s League Defensive Player of the year, was ranked fifth in the NFL’s top 100 players, broke the Texans’ single-season record for sacks (20.5) and finished the season with absolutely ridiculous stats: 81 tackles (69 solo), 20.5 sacks, 39 tackles for a loss, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 16 passes defended.
Not only does the team have Watt, they also have Brian Cushing. He already has a ton of NFL Awards and after missing most of last season with a torn ACL, is looking to be stronger for the Texans this season.
This defense is more than good enough to help the Texans win games on a consistent basis.