Houston Texans: Destined for the Super Bowl LI?

The Houston Texans showed plenty of promise last year but the AFC South champions fell short against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ultimately, Houston’s lackluster offense just couldn’t get going as quarterback Brian Hoyer produced one of the worst performances in playoff history. And unfortunately, the Texans slumped to a 30-0 defeat in front of their home supporters – a result that didn’t exactly go down well at NRG Stadium.

The former Michigan State man, who was released by Houston earlier this year, threw four interceptions and recorded five turnovers throughout the contest – a set of stats that forced the Texans to look elsewhere for their franchise quarterback… and they found him in Brock Osweiler. And the former Arizona State college signal caller will feature for Houston until the end of the 2019 season; and most fans will be excited to see the 25-year-old in competitive action.

If truth be told, Osweiler doesn’t exactly fit the bill as a long-term leader of the offense but he showed enough quality during a brief stint with the Denver Broncos to persuade Bill O’Brien to take a chance on him in the offseason. Osweiler was one of the unfortunate casualties as the Broncos struggled to negotiate a contract with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller but Denver’s loss is Houston’s gain…

As of August 15th, Houston are looking very strong ahead of the new campaign. The Texans won their opening pre-season fixture against the San Francisco 49ers and the first-string unit were able to show glimpses of fluidity in the first quarter of the contest. And based on their efforts last season and their impressive moves during the offseason, the Texans look well priced to win the AFC South at 11/5 in bet365’s latest NFL betting odds.

Houston’s biggest strength is their defense. Three-time Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt is the leader of the unit and he cuts a dominant figure on the line. Along with the likes of Vince Wilfork, former number one draft pick Jadeveon Clowney and Brian Cushing, Houston have plenty of game-changers in defense and opposing quarterbacks will be quaking in their boots at the thought of going up against the Texans this season.

If O’Brien gets it right this year, Houston could be a real force in the AFC – and the Super Bowl isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. Lamar Miller and Osweiler will bring presence and talent to the offense and DeAndre Hopkins seems to be a lot more settled after a brief dispute earlier this summer. There are a lot of new pieces in this Texans side but they are playing under an experienced NFL head coach and, with a bit of luck, Houston could star in the Super Bowl at NRG Stadium next February…

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