AFC Playoff Picture: Texans Clinch AFC South with Win over Colts

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2012

The Houston Texans have assured themselves of a playoff appearance in 2012.

The Texans clinched the AFC South on Sunday after beating Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts at home, 29-17 (h/t ESPN):

Foster, Watt, Johnson lead Texans to 29-17 win over Colts.Houston clinches AFC South for 2nd consecutive season.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 16, 2012

Not much was needed from Matt Schaub, as Arian Foster rushed for 165 yards and Houston's defense sacked Andrew Luck five times as Indianapolis was held to just 272 total yards of offense.

It wasn't one of the more convincing wins for Houston, but it sure was compelling to see it come out and win after being demolished by the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 14.

Going forward, the Texans definitely have what it takes to contend for a Super Bowl, but there's still something about the team that is worrisome:

Inconsistency.

They let the New York Jets hang around in their Week 6 meeting and it took overtime against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions to come out with wins.

There's no doubt that Arian Foster is one of the nastiest running backs in the NFL and Andre Johnson is an elite wideout, but Houston needs more out of its offense to contend with the Denver Broncos and the Patriots in the playoffs.

Additionally, the Texans need to bolster their pass defense, especially with probable matchups against Tom Brady and Peyton Manning looming in the postseason.

Houston ranks 19th against the pass, as we all saw Brady expose that secondary to the tune of 296 yards and four touchdowns.

With the beast that is J.J. Watt anchoring the Texans defense, they're definitely a force to be reckoned with as we move toward the end of the season, as long as the dominant offense shows up when it matters.

With two games remaining, Houston isn't out of the woods just yet.

Though they currently hold a first-round bye, the Texans can't let up in their last two games, as the Patriots and Broncos will be breathing down their necks in pursuit of earning a bye for themselves.

Either way, it was a complete win for Houston on Sunday following that gruesome loss to the Patriots, but they do have some things to fix going forward if they're going to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history. 

 

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