The Houston Texans had a standing eight-count against them after losing starting quarterback Matt Schaub, then subsequently saw backup Matt Leinart go out. They could have certainly laid down on the canvas and thrown in the towel considering that they had seen injuries to Andre Johnson and Mario Williams, as well.
Instead, Gary Kubiak's club got up and fought back...all the way to the crown in the AFC South.
But the tail end of the regular season saw a depletion in success, as they took three successive marks in the 'L' column. Houston's defense remained stout, but the offense was damaged with continuous body blows.
Baltimore is set to put Houston on the ropes from the start with their equally stout defense and can obtain an early-round knockout with the likes of Joe Flacco and Ray Rice performing to their potential.