It took them a long time to get there, but now that the Houston Texans have been on top of the AFC South for two straight years, it looks as though they are here to stay for a while. They have the right nucleus of veterans, young stars and good players at the right positions to be a force to be reckoned with for a long time.
Just take a look at how the Texans have been built and you know they aren’t going anywhere. Sure, there are Matt Schaub doubters out there, but Schaub is a very good quarterback. He’s not in the elite category, but not every team can say they have an elite quarterback, so the Texans are in good hands with Schaub.
He’s got over a 90 QB rating ever since he’s joined the Texans, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio is always a positive. Houston also has a very capable backup who played well enough in his rookie year in T. J. Yates.
The Texans have built very strong and sturdy lines on both sides of the ball to control the line of scrimmage. Duane Brown on offense and J.J. Watt on defense are among the very best at their positions, so it’s no wonder the Texans landed in the top-10 on offense and defense last season. Brown paves the way for a strong running game, and Watt led the NFL in sacks, so it all starts by being physical on both lines for Houston.
They also have a great set of skill players on offense to be a dangerous team. Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels are at the top of their games, so it’s easy to be a great offense. Backup running back Ben Tate also has the skills to dominate, and Lestar Jean is a big play waiting to happen, and he’s only going to get better.
On defense, the Texans are led by the 23-year old Watt, Brian Cushing, Brooks Reed and rookie Whitney Mercilus, who had seven sacks as a rookie, to lead the way in the front seven. In the secondary, they have Pro Bowl cornerback Jonathan Joseph and emerging talents like Kareem Jackson and Glover Quin to take care on the back end of the defense.
The Texans also don’t play in the toughest division in football, so they should stay near the top of the AFC South for a long time. Their biggest competitors are the Indianapolis Colts, who will continue to get better with great quarterback Andrew Luck but aside from the Colts, it’s difficult to see either the Tennessee Titans or Jacksonville Jaguars challenging the Texans atop the division.
Add it all up, and the Houston Texans have a team here to stay on top of the AFC South for a long time.
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