Coming off the first playoff appearance in franchise history, the Houston Texans are setting their sights even higher.
With their ground game and defense both poised to stand out again and a healthy Matt Schaub under center, the defending AFC South champions have plenty of reason for optimism as their season gets underway.
Houston - a double-digit favorite Sunday - tries to improve to 7-0 all-time against the visiting Miami Dolphins, who look for Joe Philbin to get them on track in his first season as coach.
Despite losing Schaub to a foot injury in Week 10 and playing nine regular-season games without five-time Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson, the Texans earned their first playoff berth behind a formidable rushing attack and an impressive defensive turnaround under coordinator Wade Phillips.
Houston finished second in the NFL with averages of 153.0 rushing yards and 285.7 total yards allowed while posting a franchise-best 10-6 record. Despite starting third-string quarterback T...