Coming off of the franchise’s first playoff berth since the team joined the NFL in 2002, the Houston Texans have several reasons to believe that last year’s success was the start of something special.
The naysayers said they would never reach the postseason, the critics insisted last season was over once Matt Schaub went down in Week 10, and the analysts had lost hope due to a horrific defense from the 2010 season.
Those were opinions, however, and the only thing that matters in the NFL is results -- winning results. The Texans did just that, winning 10 games despite losing their starting Pro Bowl quarterback and the unquestioned leader of their team; they went 3-3 with rookie quarterback T.J. Yates.
In addition, they also continued to win without two of the NFL’s finest players, Andre Johnson and Mario Williams. Both suffered season-ending injuries and both are consistently top-five prospects at their respective positions, with Johnson always being a top-three.
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