Houston Texans Predictions: 4 Keys to 2011 Season

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Houston Texans Predictions: 4 Keys to 2011 Season
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NFL Kickoff is right around the corner. Chris Berman, Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth and all the NFL announcers are drooling over the fact that in a mere two days football will return, though we nearly did not have any this season.

Texas is especially happy to have football, between the Dallas Cowboys and the up-and-coming Houston Texans, who seem to be a big favorite as a sleeper pick this year. The Texans, under coach Gary Kubiak, are poised to make a run this year as the AFC South looks to be a little down—the Indianapolis Colts are struggling and both Jacksonville and Tennessee are not set on a future path. 

The Texans are looking to burst through mediocrity and into a playoff spot, and they will depend on some key players to get them there this year. From quarterback Matt Schaub to new cornerback Danieal Manning, all the players on their 53-man roster are important. But some are more than others.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson, running back Arian Foster, new defensive end J.J. Watt and the aforementioned Schaub are big keys to the 2011 season. 

Let's take a look at how these impact players could affect the outcome of this year.

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