Houston Texans have one of NFL’s easiest schedules
The Houston Texans easy schedule will be a big help.
It turns out that the Houston Texans will have the 25th toughest schedule heading into next season. Which means it will be one of the easiest in the NFL.
CBS Sports provided some insight into how playing an easy schedule versus a difficult one can help a team get to the playoffs.
"Playing the most difficult schedule almost never works out well. Of the teams playing the 10 most difficult schedules in 2016 (calculated after the season),none made the playoffs.Of the 10 easiest schedules in 2016, seven teams made the playoffs, (Patriots, Seahawks, Dolphins, Cowboys, Lions, Falcons, Giants), another finished with a winning record (the 9-7 Titans) and the others (Bills, Cardinals) won seven games."
One thing that really helps the Texans is the fact that the AFC South is one of the worst divisions in the NFL.
The Tennessee Titans seem to be getting better, but still weren’t good enough to make to the post season last year.
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The Indianapolis Colts are a mess after firing general manager Ryan Grigson who did a horrible job in trying to build a team around quarterback Andrew Luck. Their offensive line is still a mess and their defense is not very good.
Then you have Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars who now have a new head coach and general manager. Despite being hyped as the next up and coming team over the past few years, I wouldn’t expect much from them in 2017.
If the Texans can get better quarterback play next year to help out their stout defense, they should be the front-runners to three-peat as the AFC South champs.
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