There are plenty of teams dreaming big in 2012, but only a few have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations.
After almost a decade without a sniff of the playoffs, the Houston Texans have become one of those teams.
The talent is in place, the coaching is up to snuff, and all of the observers (fans and media personalities alike) would not at all be surprised by seeing the Texans in New Orleans this February.
There are definitely obstacles, both internal and external, but unlike their world before last season, there is no ceiling this season.
BEST-CASE SCENARIO – TEAM
The Texans open 2012 with a home game against the Dolphins and a trip to Jacksonville. They handily win both of those games to have a 2-0 record going into Denver to face their old nemesis, Peyton Manning, with his new franchise.
They use this opportunity to prove that times have indeed changed by blowing out the overrated Broncos, and follow that up with wins against the Titans and Jets to start 5-0.
The next two game...