By Demario Phipps-Smith @DemarioPSmith on April 24, 2014
For a team who went to the playoffs in 2012, it was odd to see the Houston Texans struggle so much last season. Sure injuries at key positions played a role in the team’s untimely demise, but they still had healthy talent across the board. This upcoming season will be one with large expectations despite the team finishing just 2-14 in the previous one.
No one likes losing to America’s sweetheart. The Dallas Cowboys have a lot to prove this season, but the Texans are also out on a mission. The battle for Texas this year will be interesting, as both teams are as evenly matched as they’ve ever been.
The Texans boast one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, which should help their predicted rookie quarterback. The Pittsburgh Steelers, however, will not be one of those teams. Pittsburgh is a team that will test the ability of the Texans.
Even though the Cincinnati Bengals are a team still proving themselves, this matchup will come down to who is the most playoff-ready. If the Texans remain healthy, they can provide quite the challenge for the Bengals.
The Indianapolis Colts have rapidly become the best team in the AFC South. Andrew Luck is every bit the quarterback that analysts thought he would be. This game will be particularly interesting if Houston drafts Jadeveon Clowney, because this would be the game where he earns his No. 1 billing.
John Harbaugh makes sure his Baltimore Ravens bring the intensity in every season, even if they aren’t very good. Last year, the Ravens nearly made the playoffs despite Joe Flacco’s less than stellar play. The Ravens have championship caliber and could sneak up on the Texans if they aren’t careful.
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