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5 Reasons Why the Houston Texans Will Win the AFC South in 2014

Houston Texans: 5 Reasons Why They Will Win the AFC South in 2014

Jadeveon Clowney
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Although most believe that the Indianapolis Colts are set up to win the AFC South in 2014, the Houston Texans were the team most believed would win the division in 2013. The Texans disappointingly ended up being the worst team in the NFL, but they could turn that all around this coming season. Here are five reasons why Houston will win the AFC South in 2014.

5. Receivers

DeAndre Hopkins
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5. Receivers

DeAndre Hopkins
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Whether or not Andre Johnson stays remains to be seen, but DeAndre Hopkins is an elite NFL receiver waiting to happen. Ryan Fitzpatrick tends to get his slot receivers involved more than most quarterbacks, and there has been a trend in major improvement for second-year receivers. If Johnson works things out, this could be a very dangerous team offensively.

4. Coaching

Bill O'Brien Texans
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4. Coaching

Bill O'Brien Texans
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With Bill O’Brien arriving from Penn State, there seemed to be a rise in positive momentum around the Texans' organization. Positivity doesn’t win games, but the confidence of knowing a team is headed in the right direction makes a difference.

3. It's the AFC South

Robert Mathis
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3. It's the AFC South

Robert Mathis
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Jacksonville hasn’t really improved and will need to give new QB Blake Bortles a few years. Tennessee is a playoff team, but their success hinges on the health of Jake Locker and the ability of new RB Bishop Sankey. Indianapolis is missing a key defender in Robert Mathis for the first few games and lacking a leading CB. The AFC South is one of the more open divisions in the NFL, and Houston could benefit from that.

2. Defense

Clowney Texans
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2. Defense

Clowney Texans
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With the arrival of No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, Houston’s defense just got even scarier. If the secondary can step up, it’s going to be extremely hard to score on this team.

1. Arian Foster

Arian Foster
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1. Arian Foster

Arian Foster
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Injured last season, Arian Foster’s absence really damaged any chance the Texans had at winning games. With Foster set to return and teams with shaky, young defenses all across the AFC South, Foster could be dominant.