Texans’ fans don’t rank well in analytics report

Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images
Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images /

The Houston Texans don’t have the best fans, according to an analytics report.

I’ve been writing about NFL since 2010 and I have to admit that I believe the Houston Texans have one of the best fan bases in the entire league.

Michael Lewis has come up an analytics report that ranks the best fan bases heading into the 2017 NFL season.

In order to give you some background into how Lewis conducted his rankings, read the following:

"Fan Equity focuses on home box office revenues (support via opening the wallet) and Social Media Equity focuses on fan willingness to engage as part of a team’s community (support exhibited by joining social media communities)"

Before we get into where the Texans rank, the top teams on Lewis’ list are the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants.

The worst teams are the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Texans are ranked 22nd overall on the list. They come in at 14th for fan equity, 13th for social equity and 32nd for road equity.

One thing that doesn’t help the Texans is the fact that they’re only 15 years old as an NFL franchise. I’m sure if the Houston Oilers were still around they would be ranked a lot higher.

But the city of Houston had to start all over when it came to building a fan base around a football team once the Oilers left town and the Texans were introduced.

I’m not sure that every former Oilers fan jumped on the bandwagon when the Texans opened up shop in 2002. Some fans may have stuck with the team when they moved to Tennessee and others may have decided to cheer for an entirely new franchise at the time.

I would love to see how Texans’ fans rank in 10 years compared to their current ranking.