After the NFL’s divisional round, the Houston Texans sit in a class all their own.
It’s not the best class to be in. After the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Tennesee Titans on the road this weekend, it leaves the Houston Texans as the only NFL franchise to never win a road playoff game.
Houston is 0-4 in their road playoff games, with all of those losses coming in the divisional round. Three of those four games were losses by two scores or more, with the smallest margin of defeat being a 20-13 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2011 divisional round.
There is room for hope for the Houston Texans as dubious as this mark is. In the final two weeks of the season, Indianapolis collapsed, which included a loss to the “Clowned out” Jacksonville Jaguars crowd.
Speaking of Jacksonville, they’re still rebuilding and will be a few years before they are any chance of a threat. Finally, the Tennessee Titans are only as good as a healthy Derrick Henry- Ryan Tannehill is just a less-controversial Carson Wentz.
Houston Texans can be a wild card team if the right changes are made
Fans of the Texans saw in spurts last season how good this team can be. Losing the game to the New England Patriots was hard to take, and the sudden barrage of points they scored against the Los Angeles Rams and Titans games this year are all reasons for optimism.
Improving the offensive line is one of the highest priorities the Texans have and upgrading the weapons and depth around Davis Mills. Houston showed that they could compete, and if it wasn’t for an injury-ridden roster, among other reasons, Houston could’ve had a chance at being “in the hunt” towards the end of 2021.
Count on Houston not to hold this title very long. They’re closer to their first road playoff win than most think.