The Houston Texans are now in first place all by themselves after the first seven games, which is a surprising feat after starting the season at 0-3.
Patience is a virtue for fans of the Houston Texans fans and on Sunday the team awarded the fan base by taking down the Jacksonville Jaguars by a 20-7 score. Add that with a Tennessee Titans loss and the Texans are now in sole possession of first place in the AFC South after Week 7.
After watching how the Texans played in the first three weeks of the season it is surprising to see this franchise in the lead after seven games, but a lot of that is because of the way the defense has bailed out the team on many occasions as of late.
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This past Sunday it was Tyrann Mathieu who made a big-time interception late in the fourth quarter. Also in the win over Jacksonville there was the pass rush of Jadeveon Clowney with two sacks and a fumble recovery. Also Whitney Mercilus got involved with defensive pressure and as always there was J.J. Watt forcing the Jaguars to focus on him as well.
Being in first place by a full game now, the Texans sit at the top of the AFC South standings with a 4-3 overall record, followed by the Titans and the Jaguars at 3-4 and then the Indianapolis Colts roll in at 2-5 on the season. Both Jacksonville and the Titans have lost three straight games.
After starting the season with losses to the New England Patriots, Titans and the New York Giants by a combined 15 points, the Texans have battled tough. They’ve come back by winning twice in overtime vs. the Colts and Cowboys, followed with victories against the Buffalo Bills and Jaguars by a combined 26 points, including a 13-point win in Week 7.
Through seven games this season for the Texans and the fans of the team have been exciting, it also has been stressful with a lot of questions still remaining. The offense still isn’t where it needs to be by any means, especially the offensive line, and the defense is really starting to heat up and could have even better football ahead of them.
The satisfaction of being in first place in the AFC South will be short lived with the Texans playing on Thursday Night Football in Week 8 as they’ll face the the Miami Dolphins at NRG Stadium. Until then enjoy the view from first place as the team have went from worst to first in the past four weeks and more wins should await this team with how the defense is playing as of late.