If a team wins a division title one year, chances are most of the conditions that propelled them to that triumph remain intact. In the case of the 2011 AFC South champion Houston Texans, there have been some changes over the offseason.
Most pundits will point to the departure of the right side of offensive line in the persons of Mike Brisiel and Eric Winston. The Texans’ brain trust must also compensate for the release of No. 3 receiver Jacoby Jones and the free agent signing by Denver of Joel Dreesen.
Others will note the loss on the defensive side of Pro Bowlers DeMeco Ryans and Mario Williams, even though their overall impact was diminished by a change to the 3-4 defense and a season ending injury in Week 5, respectively.
In general, most of the pieces are still in place in 2012. Anything less than a repeat as AFC South champs will be a disappointment to all involved. Now let us run down the reasons why Houston’s pro football franchise has the upper hand over the rest of their divisional foes.