As is the case with the AFC East for the last decade this division was ran by 1 team, the Colts. However last season all that changed. When Peyton Manning went down with that neck injury the power in this division completely shifted. The Texans seized the opportunity they were given and ran with it…..literally. Now with Manning out of the division, the Texans may be poised to make a run atop this division much like the Colts did for all those years. However, there are some young, up and coming players that say not so fast Houston, we have a little something to say about this.
1st Houston Texans – 12-4
The Texans will be the easy favorite to win this division. They are as talented as any team in the league, both on offense and on defense. The biggest hurdle the Texans will have to overcome this year is their inability to stay healthy. Schaub, Foster, and Johnson all missed significant time.
The offense should be as explosive as it was last year again. While the Texans are still sorely lacking in the number 2 WR departments, they have one of the best WR’s in the league in Andre Johnson. When healthy he is as good as they come, combining speed with size and jumping ability. Owen Daniels is a very good TE and again someone they need to stay healthy to be that second target when Johnson is getting doubled. Arian Foster and Ben Tate will again lead one of the top ranked rushing attacks in the league. However that offense rides on the shoulders of Matt Schaub. If he can stay healthy all year, they are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, if he gets hurt again, well you seen what happened last year.
As good as their offense was, their defense was even better. What Wade Phillips did with that defense is nothing short of a miracle. The year before they were terrible, and I mean terrible. Then Wade Phillips is hired and boom they are one of the best units in the league, all this without their best player being there all year in Mario Williams.
They lost DeMeco Ryans to the Eagles, who I think will hurt more than Williams leaving for Buffalo. They did however sign Bradie James and drafted Whitney Mercilus to give them another pass rusher.