The Houston Texans can and will be a better team for the 2022 NFL season than they were in 2021.
Though there aren’t the superstar names all over the roster of the Houston Texans as the preseason opener is just a couple days away, there is no doubt the ’22 Texans team will surpass anything the ’21 version of the franchise accomplished.
Will the Texans have four or more wins in ’22? The answer is hopefully yes, but more than that if Houston plays better as a team in all phases of the game, whether that be on offense, defense and special teams, then the wins will take care of themselves.
It is noted that Houston being a playoff team is kind of a far-fetched dream at this point of the preseason, but that is why the games are played, and even without star power on their side, the Texans can at least be a more competitive team this year.
Houston with their new head coach Lovie Smith will have a lot of experience on his side, but a great move made by the franchise this offseason was promoting Pep Hamilton to offensive coordinator and keeping Davis Mills as the starting quarterback.
There is also the defense, which by the end of the ’22 season will be much better than they are now as rookies Derek Stingley Jr. and Jalen Pitre get more accustomed to the NFL as the season moves along.
With that said, next are three reasons why the Houston Texans can be successful in ’22.
3. Texans: A revamped rushing attack that will make a much-needed difference
There is so much to like about the running game of the Houston Texans this season compared to last season, and the new running back duo of Marlon Mack and rookie Dameon Pierce are two players who will make the rushing attack respectable again.
At this point last season, the running back roster included David Johnson and Mark Ingram, and that didn’t work out so well, but now with the group having another veteran looking to get back to the player he once was (Mack) and a rookie looking to be a dominant force (Pierce) from his very first carry, it is OK to be excited about the running game of the Texans at the start of the ’22 season.
Pierce is a very interesting rookie for this team, as he could be the guy the Texans look to in goal line situations, but he’s also very athletic and will be a complete difference maker for the offense.
As Terrell Owens used to say, “Get your popcorn ready!”