The Houston Texans will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs.
The Houston Texans are in rare territory as a franchise as they are playing in the AFC Divisional game for the fourth time since entering the league in 2002 and the second time under Bill O’Brien. The Texans have made it to the playoffs for their sixth time as a franchise but have been unable to make it past the elusive divisional game.
Houston has faced the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots twice in the divisional round that ultimately dwindled to inferior quarterback play. In their three losses, the Texans trotted out T.J. Yates as a rookie quarterback, Matt Schaub after his notable foot injury, and Brock Osweiler.
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Yates and Osweiler have retired from the league; meanwhile, Schaub is holding the clipboard as the backup quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. With all due respect to all three quarterbacks who played at some of the biggest stages that only a few quarterbacks ever reach, the Texans have never had a potential difference-maker at the position until the arrival of Deshaun Watson.
Watson, for all his warts as a young quarterback, is one of the most talented signal callers to suit up in a Texans uniform, and he will ultimately decide the fate of Houston’s playoff hopes against the Kansas City Chiefs. Watson removed the dark cloud that hovered over him after his no show against the Indianapolis Colts last year in the playoffs with a comeback victory over the Buffalo Bills this past Saturday.
The Texans have their best offense up to this point in terms of personnel since Bill O’Brien took over as the head coach in 2014 and are playing relatively young quarterbacks in the playoffs. Outside of Ryan Tannehill, who is 31, Lamar Jackson is turning 23, Pat Mahomes II, and Watson are 24 years old.
All four remaining quarterbacks have limited experience in the playoffs with Tannehill entering his first year; meanwhile, Mahomes, Jackson, and Watson are entering their second consecutive year.
The door is wide open in the AFC for all four teams, with the quarterback playing a huge factor in the outcome of the game and how each football team will fare in the postseason.
It will be no easy task but the Texans can make history if they defeat the Chiefs this upcoming Sunday and advance to the AFC Championship.