Where the Texans stand as we await the season kick off.

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Dec 10, 2012; Foxborough, MA USA; Houston Texans nose tackle Earl Mitchell (92) runs onto the field during introductions prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings Texans Fans!

So, three preseason games down and the Texans are as tuned for the 2013 Lombardi hunt as they can be till that kick off in San Diego. We is the team, and are they ready to go? Let us examine the team and what we know so far.

The Good:

Earl Mitchell. Wow, just wow. Up until that scare of him being shaken up during the game with the Saints he was a monster this preseason showing we have little to worry about in terms of nose tackle going into the season. This is a good thing.

Kickers. The last year or two, Houston kicking often was a painful event. I think Randy Bullock has put aside those fears. His 55 yard chip shot with plenty of room to spare Sunday night was a thing of beauty. While there are still concerns with the special teams and kick off return, as long as he keeps hitting the back of the end zone I think we can let that slide. Speaking of, how about Shane Lecher and that punt performance? A 60 yard booming kick and oh, pinning the Saints at what, the 2 yard line? Yeah, I think this year when it comes to kicking the football, Houston might just be all right.

Receivers. No, Andre hasn’t lost a step. In fact he seems as driven this preseason as he was during the regular season last year. With the addition of DeAndre Hopkins and a matured young corps or second year players the Texans passing game is going to shine brightly this year.