Randy Gurzi, Editor
The Houston Texans exit the bye week at 5-3. At this time last season they were 3-5. That’s encouraging, but even more encouraging is the fact that they have just one team left on their schedule that currently owns a winning record.
Next week they play in Jacksonville against the Jaguars, who are sitting at 2-6. They follow that up with the one winning team, the 7-2 Oakland Raiders in Houston. From there they play San Diego (4-5), travel to Green Bay (4-4), play at Indianapolis (4-5), at home against the Jags again, at home against the Bengals (3-4-1) and finally end the year on the road against the Titans (4-5).
Outside of Oakland, none of those teams are of the caliper of who Houston has already lost to. Their toughest games outside of Oakland will be Cincinnati and Green Bay. Cincy and Green Bay do have some glaring holes, although I don’t expect them to beat the Packers on the road.
Look for Houston to beat the Bengals at home, and drop one against one of their AFC South rivals — well, either Tennessee or Indianapolis that is. All the other games could very well go down as wins with Houston finishing the year at 10-6 while earning the three seed in the AFC.