With the next Super Bowl a scant 361 days away, we’re burning daylight on getting our picks in for Super Bowl LII. Pro Football Focus (which, you may recall, did not trumpet the Texans’ decision to sign Brock Osweiler as the best decision any team ever made) had several of its staff members memorialize their choices in February of 2017 for the Super Bowl champions of February 2018, and one of those brave souls has decreed your Houston Texans shall hoist the Lombardi Trophy at U.S. Bank Stadium. Gordon McGuinness, shine on you crazy diamond.
Houston Texans: I picked the Texans to go all the way this year, and I’m doubling down again in 2016. What held them back this year was the struggles of Brock Osweiler at quarterback. I think they go out and get a veteran QB this year (Hot-take alert: they should try to trade for the backup quarterback from the cross-state Dallas Cowboys). Fix the QB spot, and the Texans have an offense that can click, with DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver and Lamar Miller in the backfield. Defensively, they have in trio of pass-rushers that can do serious damage, with Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus combining to registered 14 sacks, 25 hits and 74 hurries in 2016. Add in a fully healthy J.J. Watt, and they are going to get after opposing quarterbacks all throughout January of next year.
Perhaps my favorite part of this prediction is that McGuinness’ title with PFF is “Lead Special Teams Analyst.” I applaud him for his ability to look past the Texans’ consistently awful special teams unit to boldly proclaim that the Texans will win it all next season. Should McGuinness be willing to put his money where his keyboard is, he could stand to make quite a bit of money.