Houston: Now Is the Time

Texans fans, I am a broadcast journalist for Mid-Utah Radio in Manti and RIchfield, Utah and often write numerous sports articles. I am currently doing a rundown of NFL team in alphabetical order and the lot fell on the Texans today. Please feel free to comment. All comments will be weighed carefully, whether they be negative or otherwise. Your feedback is important so here goes.

Today, we explore the Houston Texans, a team with impressive talent and sky-high expectations that has never fully grasped its potential.

Nevertheless, there is reason for optimism in H-Town as the Texans boast the NFL’s 2009 passing yardage leader in Matt Schaub (4,770 passing yards last season, 29 TD’s 15 INT’s, while completing almost 68 percent of his passes).

As always, Schaub has one of the NFL’s more prestigious receivers in Andre Johnson (an NFL-best 1,569 receiving yards last season, 9 TD’s and a healthy 15.5 yards per reception average) who only needs three more games where he amasses at least 10 receptions and 100 yards to become the NFL’s all-time leader in either category.

Although the injury to promising rookie Ben Tate hurts the Texans’ offense, tailbacks Steve Slaton and Arian Foster will both play a huge role in Houston’s high-octane attack, which amassed 383 offensive yards per game in 2009.

Of course, the Texans’ defense is also rife with studs, such as Mario Williams, Bernard Pollard and Brian Cushing, who will undoubtedly have much to prove if his fight against an NFL-imposed suspension proves unsuccessful.

Ultimately, I think the Texans can achieve the great expectations placed upon them if they get a more solid performance from kicker Kris Brown.

Last season, Brown's dismal 2 of 6 performance on kicks beyond 40 yards doomed the Texans in key divisional losses to Indianapolis and Tennessee so if this improves, so should the Texans’ prospects.

Since Gary Kubiak is a product of the Denver Broncos, I wish him good luck but we’ll see what this season has in store. If nothing else, it should be interesting in the Texas Gulf Coast region.

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