The AFC South figures to be one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL this season. That’s a nice way of saying that the division is mediocre and each team feels that if certain things happen they can win it.
We are going to examine each of the Jaguars rivals and what they bring to the table and what Jaguars fans should fear most about each team. We will now move on to the Houston Texans.
The Houston Texans figure to play in a lot of low-scoring affairs, as do the Jaguars. If the Houston offense can simply play keep away and not turn the ball over a ton the defense could be downright scary.
Houston boasts the NFL’s best defensive player in defensive end J.J. Watt as well as the top pick in the draft in Jadeveon Clowney. Neither man will be able to be blocked one on one and opposing quarterbacks should be under duress all season long.
Inside linebacker Brian Cushing returns from injury and when healthy he has proven to be a big play guy and one of the best in the game at his position. Add in Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson in the secondary and the Texans have impact players at all three levels of the defense.
It’s safe to say that the Texans defense is going to force plenty of turnovers this season.
Offensively, they still have Arian Foster and despite the injury concerns he’s been one of the most productive running backs in football throughout his career. Where Ryan Fitzpatrick has been mediocre as a passer, he’s finally working with a “quarterback guru” in Bill O’Brien and it should make a difference in his game, even if he’s simply asked to “not screw it up.”
Houston has what could be a very good receiving corps on the outside as they have steady veteran Andre Johnson along with an improved DeVier Posey and Andre Hopkins. Owen Daniels is no longer the fixture at tight end but they replace him with understudy Garrett Graham and rookie C.J. Fiedorowicz.
Although it appears that depth will be a concern for Houston, a healthy Texans team could be a tough out for anyone on a given week.
Why You Should Fear The Texans
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