The AFC South is often one of the wide-open divisions within the NFL, and the shortage of a constantly dominant group all the time leaves the door open for any person sudden to sneak via on prime.
A 12 months in the past we noticed the Jacksonville Jaguars go from worst to first and even make their method via to the divisional spherical of the NFL playoffs.
By way of 4 weeks the Houston Texans are giving their followers some cause for optimism that they may be capable of observe of their footsteps.
Due to their 30-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Texans have now received two video games in a row (in a completely convincing style) and are actually coming into a stretch of their schedule the place they’ve an opportunity to probably stack some wins.
Their subsequent 4 video games are towards the 4 NFC South groups, none of which have actually stood out as imposing opponents. That stretch is adopted by a sport towards a Cincinnati Bengals group that has badly underachieved this season with an injured Joe Burrow, after which three straight dwelling video games towards Arizona, Jacksonville and Denver.
That stretch is a part of a season-long schedule that has fallen dramatically in Houston’s favor. Of their remaining 13 opponents, solely two of them (Cincinnati and the rematch with Jacksonville) had been playoff groups a 12 months in the past, and out of doors of these video games with Burrow and Trevor Lawrence, they don’t actually face one other top-tier quarterback the remainder of the way in which.
However Houston’s probabilities are usually not nearly different group’s weaknesses. The Texans are additionally a considerably improved group in their very own proper underneath first-year head coach Demeco Ryans, and that enchancment begins at quarterback the place rookie C.J. Stroud is already trying like a star.
Stroud has been about as spectacular as a rookie quarterback may be via the primary 4 video games of the season, already throwing for six touchdowns and never throwing a single interception. His emergence has helped veteran receiver Nico Collins begin to have a breakout season, whereas fellow rookie Tank Dell has made a right away impression.
As of Tuesday each group within the AFC South is 2-2 making it a whole free-for-all as soon as once more. Each group is in it, and the Texans have as a lot of an opportunity as anyone.