NFL Predictions 2016: Houston Texans Season Preview & Outlook

As the 2015 season rolled on, it became clear that the AFC South would come down to the final week. The Houston Texans didn’t have the best of seasons but won just enough to get the division title and into the playoffs. With the 2016 season now here, the Texans have made some upgrades and look to improve on their 9-7 record from last season which may not be hard to do. Here is a look at three burning questions for Houston heading into the upcoming season.


How about Brock Osweiler?

Osweiler makes the jump from the Broncos to the Texans and with that comes a ton of pressure to perform. He showed in Denver what he can do to lead a playoff-caliber team. He is now on his own in Houston where all the pressure will be on him with no one there to back him up. He has a big job ahead of him.


Will DeAndre Hopkins get even better?

Hopkins had 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He is quickly becoming the best wide receiver in the whole NFL. Osweiler should be able to get passes to him that the other Houston quarterbacks were unable to and could have 130 catches this year.


How big is J.J. Watt’s return?

The big defensive end had back surgery during the offseason and wasn’t ready to start training camp. He needs to be on the field when the Texans begin the regular season against the Bears on Sept. 11. He is the heart and soul of the whole Houston franchise and for a very good defense, their best player.

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