Houston Texans shooting for the playoffs in 2010 NFL Predictions - For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Texans are shooting for the playoffs in this 2010 NFL predictions season. And the odds makers agree, giving them a 15-1 chance of staying in their home state to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Last Season, the Texans finished in the mix until the end, winning 34-27 win at New England on the season’s final day, insuring a NFL Predictions winning season for the first time in franchise history. If the Texans want to accomplish bigger things in 2010, they’ll need to learn how to win in their own division. In 2009, they finished 1-5 against fellow AFC South foes. That needs to change in 2010 NFL Predictions season.
The Houston Texans are loaded on offense, with quarterback Matt Schaub leading the way. Schaub had a breakout season in 2009 with 29 touchdown passes and 4,770 yards passing. Andre Johnson was his main target, pulling-in 101 balls, but he also could rely on Kevin Walter, Owen Daniel, and Steve Slaton out of the backfield. The Texans must run the ball better. Slaton was a disappointment after a great rookie season in 2008, but talented rookie Ben Tate could give the offense a big lift.
On defense, the Texans really on defensive end Mario Williams to provide a strong pass rush, and defensive ROY linebacker Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans provides big plays at linebacker. The secondary was also impressive, finishing just out of the top ten in the league in pass defense, with safety Bernard Pollard providing the big plays.
To finish where they want to be, the Texans will need to beat teams in their own division such as the Titans and Colts and will need continued growth from Schaub, Johnson, Williams, and the running game.
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