Week 1 will be just the first of 16 games for the Houston Texans. However, it will be the first game in the Texans' history that they will enter as the division favorites for a playoff berth.
The Houston Texans have been on the cusp of success for many years now. From 2008's 8-8 record and 2009's first winning record at 9-7, the Texans have proved that they are serious contenders in the very difficult AFC South.
However, they must overcome the looming power that is the Indianapolis Colts. The fleet of experienced Colts have torched the Texans, going 16-2 against them over the past nine seasons. Without Peyton Manning, however, the Colts look very pedestrian coming into 2011.
The Texans beat the Colts in the first week of the 2010 season in what many thought would be a sign of changing tides. Unfortunately for the Texans, they stumbled to a 6-10 record overall last season, disappointing many of the Texan faithful who thought it was their time to shine.
With the hiring of Wade Phillips to shore up a very shoddy defensive unit, a very solid 2011 draft class with many refined defensive gems and the continuous development of All-Pro leaders Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, the Texans became a team to watch as the NFL preseason hit its stride.
Now, the Texans open against the Colts in Week 1 at home in Reliant Stadium. Quickly, we are all going to find out quickly whether the Texans have what it will take to dethrone the divisional bullies at home in Houston.
Here are seven reasons that the Texans are going to overcome the Colts and make a powerful statement in the early going. With the momentum coming off of this win, the Texans will dominate the Colts not just once, but twice this season.
Let's check out the key changes and the key players they are going to use in their run to the AFC South title.