ESPN’s FPI doesn’t predict success for Texans in 2017
You simply can’t believe everything written about the Houston Texans. This might be one of those things.
ESPN’s Football Power Index–which is another analytics calculator–doesn’t believe the Houston Texans will have a very good season in 2017.
ESPN analytics analyst Hank Gargiul has the Texans ranked 24th overall, which ties them with the Miami Dolphins.
This is pretty startling given the fact that Houston boasts the top defense from a year ago and were able to dump Brock Osweiler.
The good news is that the FPI doesn’t rule out the Texans returning to the playoffs.
"The AFC South might end up being the NFL’s most competitive division in 2017. All four teams have at least a 10 percent chance of winning the title, and none of FPI’s predicted division winners has a worse chance to win than the Colts at 36 percent. Part of the reason each team has a chance to compete is the relatively easy schedule each team faces."
It’s interesting that Gargiul wrote that every team in the AFC South has an easy scheduled when many people don’t believe the Texans will get back to the playoffs because of their “difficult” schedule. I guess this is just a matter of opinion.
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It seems like every week someone is predicting that the Texans won’t do well this coming season.
CBS Sports has already labeled the Texans as offseason losers.
But then again you have GIl Brandt of NFL.com listing the Texans as one of the most talented teams in the NFL heading into training camp.
While I think analytics do a nice job of giving us an overall idea on certain things, they’re certainly not the end all, be all.
It’s especially hard to predict one of the most unpredictable things on this planet. And that is how an NFL season will turn out.