As the two time defending champs of the AFC South, the Houston Texans are looking to repeat again. With the talent added from free agency and the development of the players that remain on the roster, you can almost bet it will happen.
The Texans are the most dominant team in the AFC South by far. They’ve shown the ability to adapt and overcome by playing without superstar linebacker Brian Cushing last year after losing him to a torn ACL he suffered during a game against the New York Jets, and using two different backup quarterbacks the year before and still making the playoffs both seasons, even though they were defeated in the second round both years.
Houston has finished the past two seasons 10-6 and 12-4, respectively. Both seasons the Indianapolis Colts have been the only real threat to the Texans. The Texans are 9-3 combined over the last two seasons in divisional games.
The Colts have made some improvements this offseason and second year quarterback Andrew Luck will just continue to get better, giving them the best chance to be the team to unseat the Texans as AFC South champs. But with the talent Houston has, it won’t happen. The other two teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, have made some upgrades but are still a long shot to win the division.
Houston will remain on top of the division for at least one more year. With the additions of veteran safety Ed Reed, punter Shane Lechler, the players that will be added in the draft and the return of Cushing, the Texans will have that extra push and spark to finally get over the hump and past the second round of the playoffs.