Here’s 3 reasons the Houston Texans can win the AFC South

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The Houston Texans are a prime candidate to win the AFC South next season.

That’s going to seem like an inflammatory statement, but the AFC South has one of the more imposter-ish vibes out of all of them in the league. Those reasons are going to be discussed later on, but the Houston Texans can easily win this division.

With only the Jacksonville Jaguars having a higher pick, the Texans are set to benefit from their third overall pick and stability at quarterback with Davis Mills. In addition, Houston’s newest head coach, Lovie Smith, has had a knack for elevating defenses.

So as long as Jack Easterby doesn’t derail anything this season, there are three reasons why the Houston Texans can win the AFC South. Let’s start with the first one:

The Houston Texans didn’t give up that many yards to division rivals through the air in 2021

With a 3-3 divisional record last season, Houston played most of their games competitively against Jacksonville and Tennessee. However, Indianapolis had Jonathan Taylor to do the damage, and those games were both blowouts.

However, in those six games that Houston played against the AFC South,  they only allowed two 300-yard passing performances (Trevor Lawrence in Week 1, Ryan Tannehill in Week 11). What’s even more impressive is that they only allowed an average of 245 passing yards per game.

In today’s NFL, you’re most likely losing a game if you pass for that much in a game. So maybe Houston’s pass defense wasn’t so bad after all.