The Houston Texans have been the sexy sleeper picks of the NFL over the last two to three years, but have failed on those expectations every time. However, it appears that after smacking the Manningless Colts on Sunday 34-7, and knowing that Peyton Manning is going to be out at least another two to three months, this AFC South Division is the Texans’ to lose.
The Texans were heavy favorites against the Colts, and justified those predictions with a dismantling of the Colts. Houston jumped out to a 34 to 0 lead in the first half and never looked back.
Even with Arian Foster sitting out the Texans rolled to a win. In the first quarter the Texans defense lead by Mario Williams sacked Kerry Collins several times and caused a fumble late in the first leading to a Ben Tate rushing touchdown, raising the lead to 17.
One thing of concern was that even though Houston looked great, Matt Schaub at times was not as sharp as you would like, throwing two interceptions, not including a tipped pass in the end zone that Andre Johnson was able to reel in for a touchdown.
To top off the Texans’ huge first half was Jacoby Jones, who returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown. It was a great return, where Jones straddled the out of bounds line past the Colts punter Rackers, and into the end zone.
This Texans team still has a lot to prove, but they are set up for a big year. With Manning out for an extended period of time, and two other weak division opponents in Jacksonville, and Tennessee, the Texans have the road paved for them, they just have to travel down it.