Tony’s Take: The Houston Texans

11/10/2011

Finally it looks like this is the year the Houston Texans are going to break through to win the AFC South, getting into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. It seems like for the last several years, Houston has been the sexy pick for the experts to select as the team that will challenge the Colts for the AFC South crown. But every year they have failed to live up to expectations. They’ve always had the talent, but they never could get the job done.

But this year is different for a couple reasons. First and foremost, the division is down. The Colts without Peyton Manning have gone from a sure-bet playoff team every year to maybe the worst team in football and a battling for a spot in the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes. Jacksonville is struggling on offense with their rookie QB Blaine Gabbert and the Titans are in rebuilding mode with a new coach and a star running back that can’t get on track.

But don’t think for a second the Texans will be like last year’s Seahawks – a division-winner by default. This year the Texans have supplemented their dangerous offense with a top-ranked defense that is stifling opponents. In each of the last three weeks, the Houston D has held the opposition under 175 yards of total offense. That’s impressive. This Houston squad is a complete team that not only should win the AFC South, but has the chance to make some real noise in the playoffs.

– Tony Boselli

Tony Boselli is an analyst for Westwood One’s coverage of the NFL. This Sunday, Tony will see the Texans up close when they travel to Tampa to take on the Bucs. Wayne Larrivee and Tony will have the call beginning at 12:30 PM Eastern.

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