The Houston Texans should easily make the NFL playoffs in 2013 despite having an extremely difficult schedule. The Texans have one of the best offenses in the entire league and, with the addition of Ed Reed, could see them have the best defense in the NFL.
The best-case scenario for the Texans would be obviously for them to make it to the Super Bowl. They tend to always have high expectations but fall short. They have the talent and the strength of schedule that could see them become one of the most playoff-ready teams in the league. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster can lead this team to great things if they can only stop underperforming in the playoffs.
The worst-case scenario for the Texans would be for them to not win the AFC South. Both the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts have improved and could topple the Texans at the top. If Houston was not to win the AFC South, they should still make it to the playoffs, but it would be with a lot less confidence than if they had won their division.
They’ll need that momentum, because the Texans tend to underperform in the postseason.
The Texans are definitely in the upper class of NFL teams and could be the biggest threat to teams like the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons in the AFC. However, Houston has to gain some type of momentum going into the postseason or the entire year will once again be finished early in the playoffs.