NFL Season Preview: Houston Texans

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJune 27, 2008

The Texans are a team on the rise, but they are stuck in a tough division. Last year, they were 8-8, good for fourth in the AFC South.

They are marred at the middle of the pack. 8-8 and ranked 16th in Sports Illustrated's preseason rankings.

So what are they going to do this season?


Key Addition/Subtraction

Nick Ferguson—From Denver Broncos

Von Hutchins—To Atlanta Falcons


Key Games

Sept. 7, at Steelers—The Steelers are one of the teams to beat in the AFC. Winning a big game on the road would be a huge confidence booster.

Sept. 28th, at Jaguars—The Jags are going to be up there this season. Division wins on the road will help prove that they are ready for the big time.

Nov. 2nd, at Vikings—According to Dr. Z, the Vikings are the best team in the NFL. I may not think so, but Houston is going to have to beat the Vikings to show that they deserve to be in the NFL's upper class.

Dec. 14th, vs. Titans—Late in the season, a division win against a strong opponent will help with the Texans' playoff aspirations.


Season Outlook

The Texans are getting better every year, and this year is only going to help.

Matt Schaub and Sage Rosenfels are likely to be in competition for the starting job. Schaub led the team in passing yards, but the two were close in QB rating, and Rosenfels had more touchdown passes.

Ahman Green heads a rushing attack that may not be the best in the NFL, but they definitely aren't hurting at running back, and they helped their offensive line by adding tackle Duane Brown in the first round.

Andre Johnson is still putting up good numbers as the No. 1 receiver, and he gives whoever is going to start a good option to throw to.

However, this team isn't ready for the big time just yet. They need stability at quarterback and a little help on defense.

I also don't think they have improved much in the offseason, and they are likely to be stuck at the same level of play for another season.


My Prediction

They may not have improved much this offseason, but they have made a lot of good moves and are still a very young franchise.

I will expect more of the same for the Texans, finishing about 7-9 or 8-8.