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Out of all the divisions, the Houston Texans seem to have the easiest and most secure chance of winning their own division.
The Indianapolis Colts are going to be better than last year, but with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck getting his first crack in the NFL, expectations can't be high for the Colts.
The Tennessee Titans should be better, but question marks with Jake Locker taking over at the helm could cost them the division. Then the Jacksonville Jaguars could easily finish the season with the worst record in the NFL.
But having a weak division shouldn't mean the Texans don't deserve what they can achieve.
After losing Matt Schaub and then backup quarterback Matt Leinart, T.J. Yates was in charge of the offense. Take nothing away from what Yates accomplished being a rookie fifth-round pick and being sprung into the starting scene. He led the Texans to the playoffs and into the divisional round.
But many have to wonder if Schaub was at quarterback when the Texans faced the Baltimore Ravens, would that outcome be different and would we be talking about the Texans being Super Bowl Champions, or at least AFC Champions?
We won't ever know, but with Schaub healthy, the Texans can do serious damage. Andre Johnson needs to stay healthy, as well, to give Schaub his favorite target each week.
Luckily for Schaub, he has one of the best running backs in the NFL in Arian Foster so the pressure isn't squarely on his throwing arm.
The Texans are no slouch on defense either. Despite losing Mario Williams to the Buffalo Bills during free agency, this defense is loaded. J.J. Watt, Brooks Reed and Brian Cushing lead one of the best defenses.