Going into 2011, the Texans were among the league's biggest question marks. The team was loaded with talent, yet somehow played its way to a forgettable 6-10 record in 2010.
With the exception of perhaps Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, the entire team and its coaches were all under heavy scrutiny.
Though Houston handily defeated Indianapolis in Week 1 34-7, the Texans' potential still remained in question after a disappointing 2010 and a win over a team that didn't present much of a challenge in their first game of 2011.
After putting up a far better fight than expected in Week 1 against the Patriots, the Miami Dolphins looked like a tougher opponent than the Texans had bargained for going into Week 2. But the Texans showed why they're one of the most compelling teams to watch this season, beating Miami 23-13 in a game that wasn't quite as close as the score indicated.
While Miami isn't the toughest team out there, the dominance of Houston's offense and their surprisingly good defensive performance against the Dolphins left room for hope that this might indeed be their year.
It's early yet, but Houston's performance against Miami seemed pretty convincing. Following are grades for key Texans' players in Sunday's victory.