Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak talks to an official during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
9. Texans get their first winning season in 2009, going 9-7
2009 was a good season for the Houston Texans as they featured the NFL’s top passer in Matt Schaub (4,770 yards) and one of the best receivers in the game in Andre Johnson who caught 101 passes for 1,569 yards on the year.
They also boasted one of the best return men in the game in Jacoby Jones who averaged more than 26 yards on kick returns with one score while adding six touchdown catches on just 27 catches.
Defensively they saw rookie linebacker Brian Cushing become a star with 133 tackles while Mario Williams brought down opposing quarterbacks nine times.
To top off their stellar season they even discovered they had a future star at running back as undrafted rookie Arian Foster was the only player on their running back committee to average over four yards per carry on his 54 attempts.
In the end the Texans had their first winning season of 9-7 after back-to-back 8-8 years. Sadly, the Texans suffered four losses in the AFC South and due to tiebreakers they found themselves on the outside of the playoffs. Still, the winning record by Houston and the fact they were real playoff contenders was a huge step forward for the young franchise.
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