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Houston Texans: Projecting what week team will clinch a playoff berth

Joseph Esquivel-Murphy

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The Houston Texans are extremely close to clinching a playoff berth so what week will it be? Take a look at some potential scenarios in the upcoming weeks that are a plausible path for the team to win and get in.

The Houston Texans made history on Monday Night Football as they became the first team to win eight straight games after an 0-3 start. The historic streak has the Texans in contention for winning the AFC as they are a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs for the No. 1 seed.

The Texans have a two game lead on the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South and the division’s top teams square off against each other at NRG Stadium on Dec. 9. That game is pivotal for the division as the Texans can effectively clinch the AFC South if they beat the Cleveland Browns and the Colts in consecutive weeks. Their record would be 10-3 with three games left and every other team in the division would have at least six losses if the Texans keep things up through Week 14.

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Oct 21, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller (26) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson has been effective during the eight-game winning streak as he has recorded 17 total touchdowns and thrown only six interceptions. Lamar Miller ran for a season high 162 yards on only 12 carries and has provided the Texans the balance that they have needed in the running game. His 97-yard touchdown run in the first half came right after the Texans’ defense made a huge red zone stop.

If Miller continues to gash defenses for big gains, the Texans might end the season with a 13-3 record as their schedule for the last five games is not a difficult one in terms of strength. The Colts are the only team left on the schedule that have a winning record and the Texans have consecutive road games against the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets after their divisional showdown with the Colts.

The Eagles are the defending Super Bowl Champions and have always defended Lincoln Financial Field well but the injured secondary is going to have their hands full with DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas on the outside. The Jets have lost their last five games and have scored a total of 56 points during that time as they are in position to get a Top Five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Even if the Texans lose to the Colts on December, they are still in command of the AFC South because of their eight game winning streak. If the Jaguars beat the Colts next week, the Texans will be playing the Colts for the division title. They could potentially clinch a playoff berth this Sunday with a win against the Browns, but most of the teams in the AFC that possess a 5-6 record are either battling with each other or teams that are destined to be picking in the Top 10 of the draft. The Texans are in the middle of a historic win streak, which could give them a spot in the playoffs by the end of Week 14.

What’s your prediction?  Feel free to comment in the section below.

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My name is Joseph Esquivel-Murphy and I graduated from Penn State in May 2018. My affinity for the Texans started when the franchise drafted Andre Johnson in 2003 and have continued to follow them. I have an aunt that lives in Houston and loved the city when I visited as a kid. Before joining the LockedOn team, I was a freelance writer for the Centre Daily Times.

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Houston Texans: Rob and Brian’s final sign-off from Locked on Texans

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Brian and Robert say goodbye to Locked on Texans.  After 540 episodes, we bid a tearful farewell to Houston Texans faithful, reminisce about our tenure and share some final thoughts on the Houston Texans future.

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Houston Texans: The best free agents to target in the 2019 off season

Joseph Esquivel-Murphy

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Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Ronald Darby and Lamarcus Joyner are the best players available in free agency that can cover receivers in the slot and both players should be targeted by Bill O’Brien.

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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Houston Texans: Identifying the team’s most glaring weaknesses

Brian K. Patterson

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What are the Houston Texans biggest weaknesses going into the 2019 off season?  Rob and Brian bring on State of the Texans’ BigRon to discuss what needs to be done to fix a team that has tons of potential to be dominant.  What’s the best way to improve the offensive line?  Is Julién Davenport still worth developing and what should we expect to see in additional development?

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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Houston Texans: Le’Veon Bell and plethora of free agent running backs

Brian K. Patterson

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Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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!

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