Football Outsiders still aren’t crazy about the Houston Texans’ chances this coming season.
Football Outsiders recently released their win-loss projections for this coming season and the Texans weren’t given a favorable record.
With the 2017 NFL Draft now behind us, Football Outsiders has the Texans falling from 6.1 wins to 6.0.
Here’s what FO wrote on ESPN.com:
"Houston may have won the division last season, but they were a dismal 29th in our DVOA ratings. That first-place finish doesn’t do the Texans any schedule favors, because there’s a big difference between playing the Patriots and playing the other AFC East teams. Drafting Deshaun Watson doesn’t really improve their offensive projection too much; it’s not realistic to expect a good season from any rookie, even a first-round pick. Houston is also surprisingly consistent on special teams, and not in a good way; they’ve ranked in the bottom five for five straight seasons. Those two units outweigh a defense that was good last year and should be better with the return of J.J. Watt."
Football Outsiders makes some valid points, but the Texans’ biggest problem last season was the inability to score enough points because of quarterback Brock Osweiler not being able to manage games.
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If the Texans can cut down the turnovers on offense and put together long drives, they’ll be fine.
I don’t believe that Houston’s offense will be a juggernaut, but I do believe they can be good enough to win the AFC South again.
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