The Houston Texans are the youngest and newest team in the NFL, having only been founded in 2002, at the same time becoming the last expansion team in the NFL. The Texans replaced Houston's previous franchise, the Houston Oilers, which moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1997 and are now division rivals the Tennessee Titans.
The Texans have finished 9-7 in each of Bill O'Brien's three seasons as Head Coach. That was enough to be crowned AFC South division Champions for the last two seasons. The Texans must find better quarterback play to match their strong defence if they are going to have any chance to push further in the playoffs and make a run at the Super Bowl.
Head Coach: Bill O'Brien
Two straight AFC South titles mean nothing. The Texans haven't been able to build upon the momentum of a division title with a subsequent deep postseason run. Instead, the team continues to ride the quarterback carousel. They hope they've found their guy in rookie Deshaun Watson, and if he plays above expectations, the Texans are dangerous, because there are plenty of weapons around the position and the defense is fantastic. It falls on the signal-caller to make Houston into a completely different animal.
The key to this offence will be how quickly first round pick Deshaun Watson adjusts to the NFL. If he plays on the same level that he did on the college level, then the sky is the limit for this offence, especially when the QB will be throwing to star wideout DeAndre Hopkins. The passing game can't get much worse than last year, ranking 29th in the league. Last season the Texans relied heavily on the running game through Lamar Miller, but this year they must score more points and improve the aerial attack.
Remarkably despite losing J.J. Watt for most of the season last year, Houston still finished with the league's number 1 overall defence. There is a ton of talent on defence, and the Texans front seven is as good as any in the league, with stars Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus leading the way. The only question mark will be the secondary, with star CB A.J. Bouye leaving for division rivals the Jaguars. If the Texans defence play anywhere near the same level as last year, then they will be a force to be reckoned with.
J.J. Watt, DE
J.J. Watt has been nothing short of sensational since entering the league in 2011. He's the first ever player to be named Defensive Player of the Year 3 times, and the only player to have back-to-back 20+ sacks in a year. One of those seasons he just missed out on being named the league MVP. The scary thing is that Watt is only about to enter his prime at just 28 years old.
The only thing that can slow J.J. down is injuries. Sadly he missed most of last season with a back injury, which he suffered early on. Houston will be hoping that their greatest ever defensive player can stay on the field this year. If Watt is still the same force he was before the injury, then there is no one more disruptive in the entire league.
Other notable players: QB - Deshaun Watson (R). RB - Lamar Miller. WR - DeAndre Hopkins. DE - Jadeveon Clowney. OLB - Whitney Mercilus. MLB - Bernardrick McKinney. CB - Johnathan Joseph.
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NRG Stadium, formerly Reliant Stadium, was opened in 2002, and is located in Houston. The stadium has hosted the Super Bowl twice, and has a retractable roof which is open/closed based on conditions.
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Houston is a large metropolis in Texas, extending to Galveston Bay. It’s closely linked with the Space Center Houston, the coastal visitor center at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex. The city’s relatively compact Downtown includes the Theater District, home to the renowned Houston Grand Opera, and the Historic District, with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants.
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AFC South - 4
2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
Playoff Appearances - 4
2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
All Time Record
(Since end of 2016 Season)
Wins: 106 Losses: 134 Ties: 0
Wins: 3 Losses: 4
Wins: 109 Losses: 138 Ties: 0