5 Reasons The Houston Texans Will Clinch Their First Ever Playoff Birth In 2010

Frank Fittipaldi@@Frank_FittiCorrespondent IISeptember 30, 2010

5 Reasons The Houston Texans Will Clinch Their First Ever Playoff Birth In 2010

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    Coach Gary Kubiak is prepared to lead his Texans to their first post-season.Bob Levey/Getty Images

    The Houston Texans have not made the playoffs since entering the league in 2002. Coming off their first winning season in 2009, The Texans are looking to clinch their first ever playoff birth. Since taking over for Dom Capers in 2006, Coach Gary Kubiak has vastly improved The Texans from being a laughing stock, to a playoff contender. With a high powered passing offense, and a newly discovered running game, Kubiak's Texans have the right ingredients to make a playoff push, and possibly contend with The Indianapolis Colts for  The AFC South division title. 

    Now, 5 reasons why The Houston Texans will make the 2010 playoffs.

5.) Kevin Walter: The Compliment to Andre Johnson

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    Kevin Walter has complimented Andre JohnsonAndy Lyons/Getty Images

    Kevin Walter has opened up the first 3 weeks of the 2010 season with a touchdown reception. in Week 2, Walter showed his abilities, catching 11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown during a victory over The Washington Redskins. Walter is looking to return to his 2008 form where he caught for 899 yards and a career high, 8 touchdowns. The Texans' number 2 receiver has since had some injury problems, but he is focused on putting that behind him and having a solid year. With corners doubling Andre Johnson week in and week out, number 83 should get plenty of looks.

4.) The Pass Rush

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    Mario Williams was the questionable first overall pick on the 2006 draft, and had a disappointing rookie season. Despite only recording 4.5 sacks his rookie year, Mario Williams has since been a force at defensive end, racking up 39 sacks since the 2007 season. Williams was criticized of being a bust, but he has indeed proved his critics wrong, being one of the top defensive ends in The NFL. A solid pass rush leads to success, and Mario Williams will contribute to The Houston Texans to make their first playoff run.

3.) Matt Schaub

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    Quarterback Matt Schaub has loved every minute of being a Houston Texan. This pass happy offense is the right fit for the former Falcon, and he as capitalized  by putting up astonishing numbers. Schaub is coming off a career season in 2009, throwing over 4,700 yards with 29 touchdown passes. The NFL has become a quarterback driven league and Schaub has had no problems adapting to this. The 7 year veteran is looking to continue to put up big numbers, and he will have to if The Texans want to keep up with Peyton Manning and The Colts. Schaub and his high powered offense will pose many problems for opposing defenses for the rest of the 2010 season. 

2.) Andre Johnson: The Best Wide Receiver In The NFL

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    Andre Johnson has caught 100 passes 3 out of the last 4 seasons, and has earned his spot has the best wide receiver in the NFL. The 6'3 receiver poses mismatches with his speed and size, and has been successful since entering the league in 2003. The Miami Hurricane star has discovered a chemistry with quarterback Matt Schaub, and the 2 have been virtually unstoppable since Schaub joined The Texans in 2007. Johnson has been banged up since suffering a mild ankle sprain against Washington in Week 2, but as long as number 80 is on the field, defenses will struggle to contain him. The Pro Bowl wide receiver signed a big contract with Houston during the off-season and he is there to stay. Johnson would love nothing more than to help is team make in to the postseason.

1.) The Running Game

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    Arian Foster emerged late in the 2009 season and The Houston Texans had high hopes for him coming into 2010. Those hopes came true, as Foster opened up 2010 with a monster game against The Colts, rushing for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns. Foster is exceeding The Texans high hopes and proving that he is a primary running back. The Texans are ecstatic about Foster because they have struggled to find a running game since becoming a franchise in 2002. Foster is capable of putting the offense on his back and taking over a game, as he did during Week 1 against The Colts. The Texans will need this running game if they want to make the postseason, because that is when running the football matters most. Foster is the number 1 reason why The Texans will make the playoffs in 2010.