The Houston Texans are on the cusp of attaining first place in the AFC with their eight-game win streak. Is it possible for them to get there? Take a look at that plus at a projection of the team’s final record.
The Houston Texans had a convincing win on Monday night against their AFC South rival, Tennessee Titans. They won the contest by a score of 34-17 after having to come back from being down 10-0 early in the game. This matchup meant a lot more than being the first team in NFL history to win eight games in a row after starting 0-3.
This game puts them in 3rd place in the AFC playoff picture after the Pittsburgh Steelers had a devastating loss against the Denver Broncos this past Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs still hold first place in the division with a 9-2 record, while the New England Patriots hold the 2nd seed with an 8-3 record with the tie-breaker over the Houston Texans from their matchup earlier this season.
Along with an almost-guaranteed playoff spot, the Texans have a lot more to look forward to. The team’s remaining schedule is favorable. The Texans’ last five games are against the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Oddly enough, Jacksonville could possibly be their easiest game but the Texans could very well win out the rest of the season.
Now in order for the Texans to have a shot of taking 1st place in the AFC, they would likely have to fulfill that notion and the Chiefs would have to lose two out of their last five games. New England would have to lose again. It’s a tall order but not out of the question.
The Texans have a lot of positive things going for them right now. First off, there seems to be a lot of team chemistry in the locker room and they all play for each other. There are no rumors of animosity or drama between players or coaches. When the defense gets a turnover or someone makes a big play on special teams, the entire team revels in the success. This is important because usually around this time of the season, you can start to tell which players and teams are just burnt out and are just going through the motions until the season ends.
This Texans’ team plays with a purpose. Secondly, they have avoided a lot of serious injuries this year. Obviously, wide receiver Will Fuller was a big loss for the offense but they have adapted well. Most of the team is still healthy and/or just getting back from serious injuries. D’Onta Foreman was not active in Monday night’s game but he is working his way back to full health, while Christian Covington finally got a chance to showcase his abilities in that game.
He recorded 2.5 sacks for the team and was a big reason why the Titans’ offense never really got much going. Another thing that the Texans should be happy about is how well Demaryius Thomas is fitting into the Texans’ offense. He had two touchdowns against the Titans which both came at times when DeAndre Hopkins had been double-covered. This is what Thomas brings to the team — they need another weapon downfield to take some of the pressure off of Hop.
The Texans have a real shot to not only win out the rest of the season but also make a serious run in the playoffs. I predict they will finish with a 12-4 record and at least make it to the divisional round of the playoffs.
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Houston Texans: The best free agents to target in the 2019 off season
The Houston Texans off season is here and there’s a lot of work to do to prep this team for 2019. Who are the top free agents that the team should go after? Let’s take a look at the players who would make an impact.
The Houston Texans were one of the NFL’s better success stories this season after starting the season 0-3. J.J. Watt returned as one of the league’s most dominant defensive players, while free agent signee Tyrann Mathieu was a playmaker at the safety position. Third-round pick Justin Reid was one of the league’s best rookies and a starter in the Texans’ secondary for years to come.
DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson maintained their solid connection from last year as the former was named to his second consecutive first team All-Pro. Despite being sacked a league high 62 times, Watson passed for 4,165 yards and 26 touchdowns as he led the Texans to a 11-5 record and the AFC South division title. Lamar Miller was only 27 yards from his third 1,000+ yard season, despite missing two games because of injuries.
While the offense did put up strong numbers, the offensive line was a liability throughout the season as Watson was constantly under pressure, while Miller and the rest of the Texan running backs had few running lanes. Right tackle Seantrel Henderson was signed to fix those problems but he broke his ankle in the season opener and did not play for the rest of the season. He is a free agent now and so is Kendall Lamm, the man who replaced Henderson on the offensive line.
Julie’n Davenport struggled at left tackle and Martinas Rankin has not shown enough to yet to be a contributor on the offensive line. While Jadeveon Clowney and Mathieu are both free agents who need to be brought back, improving the offensive line is the team’s biggest priority in the off season. The Texans need to address the offensive line in both free agency and the draft as the unit struggled to protect Watson.
In regard to bringing in help via free agency, Daryl Williams missed most of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury but he was a second team All-Pro in 2017 and is the top tackle available.
His value might not as high because of the shoulder injury but Williams is one of the league’s better tackles and the Texans need to get him in free agency to bolster their offensive line. Williams is a mauler that should help create running lanes for Miller, while keeping Watson upright in the pocket. If the Texans are unable to sign him, Ja’Wuan James and Roger Saffold are the next best offensive linemen available in free agency and both players should be targeted by the Texans.
An upgrade in the secondary is also needed as Shareece Wright struggled in coverage, while Kayvon Webster and Aaron Colvin battled to stay healthy. Kareem Jackson had a great year for the Texans but is another Texans’ free agent that has to be re-signed.
The Texans need to address their own free agents first as Clowney, Mathieu and Jackson were all vital parts to the team’s success in 2018.
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How about the thought of shifting Greg Mancz to center and Nick Martin to guard? The trio also discusses the future of Whitney Mercilus on the roster as well as certain defensive lineman not getting enough playing time. What else? Take a listen to find out more!
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What’s the best way for the Houston Texans to fix the running backs position for the 2019 season? They certainly can do better than bringing back Alfred Blue. Rob and Brian talk about what the team needs to do and gives their top free agent running backs to help this offense flourish. Is bringing in Le’Veon Bell a possibility? Can the Houston Texans get the back they want in this season’s draft?
The duo discusses that plus gives their thoughts of Indianapolis Colts’ firing offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and the interesting back story that likely factored into the move. Plus, Gary Kubiak finds a new job in the NFL. What else? Take a listen to find out more!