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Improved Offense? No Chance Against New England? You Be The Judge!

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Has Houston done enough to improve its offense to the point that it can compete against the Patriots?

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James Mastrucci over at recently did a post discussing Houston’s offensive potential for the upcoming season.

You can read the full piece here.

A few points that stuck out as conversation worthy for the Battle Red Faithful include the following excerpts:

What has become abundantly clear in the recent years, it is that teams that have a poor passing attack have little to no chance to win the Super Bowl. Houston hopes they have taken the necessary steps in making their passing game from bad to good. Selecting Deshaun Watson in the first round of the NFL Draft with hopes that he is the key to long term playoff success. Watson enjoyed a multitude of success at Clemson and the Texans are positive this will translate well to the NFL level.

Certainly can’t argue the need for a non-Osweilerian passing game, that’s for sure. But last offseason, the hype train was rolling on the offensive improvements as well.

Do you think Houston has done enough to improve from last season in a dramatic fashion?

This piece on offers up that it’s far more than just an improved talent pool that will bring us the explosive offense the Texans have lacked since the Schaub/Johnson/Foster heydays.

The next part of Mastrucci’s article that seemed ripe with debate possibilities was this:

What happened in the playoffs last season was no fault of the offense or defense. As every team the Patriots played quickly learned, they are really good. Running into that buzz saw was a no-win scenario. Even with average quarterback play, Houston still would have lost. New England was just too good.

When the grave beckons, the idea that Houston could have - and should have - won that game in New England will still cling to the consciousness.

Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, and the rest of the defense was hammering Tom Brady and company, the special teams was doing okay, and Brock Osweiler gave it away (with a little help from the hole in Will Fuller’s hands).

A few minor tweaks to the gameplay, a better quarterback (Tom Savage certainly would have been an improvement...), and one or two breaks going Houston’s way instead of the Pats’, and H-Town would have had local representation in the Super Bowl.

That’s just one fan’s opinion.

What do you think?