The Houston Texans enter the 2021 season in a bit of a transitional phase and this will be an interesting year for the franchise. Houston appeared to hit rock-bottom during 2020, but this season could be even worse.
The Texans still have one of the top quarterbacks in football leading the way, but a new coaching staff is in place to try and steer the franchise in a better direction. The AFC South Division has two tough teams leading the way and the Texans will have to find a way to compete.
Houston Texans 2021 Schedule
Six of the 17 regular-season games will come against the AFC South opponents, but the Texans will also take on each team from the AFC East and the NFC West.
This will give Houston quite the challenge as both of those divisions are expected to be tough in 2021. Houston visits the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 and the Buffalo Bills in Week 4, and both games will be difficult.
The Texans will face the Colts in Weeks 6 and 13 and will take on the Titans in Weeks 11 and 18. These four games will be among the hardest on the schedule for Houston, but will also be the most important.
The Colts and Titans are expected to be the class of the AFC South Division next season.
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Houston Texans 2020 Summary
The 2020 season was one to forget and it ended up costing head coach Bill O’Brien his job. Houston finished last season with a record of 4-12 and was out of the playoff race early in the season.
The Texans got off to an 0-4 start in 2020, but they did start to be more competitive in the middle part of the season. That competitiveness didn’t last long and the season ended with some pretty disappointing and embarrassing losses.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil were Pro Bowlers, but many players on this team had a disappointing season.
Houston Texans Key Players
Watson is easily the best player on the roster and he is the most important. It has been an offseason filled with turmoil for the star quarterback, but all signs point to him being on the field to open the season despite numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
Running back David Johnson was acquired a year ago in a deal with the Arizona Cardinals, and he is going to be a huge key for the Texans this season. Johnson struggled to get going in 2020, but the Texans have to find a way to take some pressure off of their quarterback and the passing attack.
Houston Texans New Additions
Running back Phillip Lindsay was brought in after he was released by the Denver Broncos and he will have a role on this team. Lindsay had some big years for Denver and he should be able to provide a boost on offense.
Houston selected wide receiver, Nico Collins, out of Michigan in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he could also provide a lift on offense. The Texans are looking to become a more explosive offense and that was a big key this offseason.
Linebacker Christian Kirksey should provide a huge boost on the defensive side of the ball. There are still some holes for Houston, but adding Kirksey could provide a lift.
Houston Texans Key Subtractions
Houston clearly had some holes to fill after a rough 2020 season, and those holes became even bigger this offseason. Two of the best players on the roster have moved on and that is going to affect both sides of the ball.
J.J. Watt is no longer with the team and that leaves a massive hole on the defense. Watt was easily the leader of this team and the Texans are going to struggle without the former Defensive Player of the Year.
On the offensive side of the ball, wide receiver Will Fuller is now a member of the Miami Dolphins and that is a massive loss. Fuller was the most productive wide receiver on the roster and he was one of the best in the NFL before his late-season suspension.
Houston Texans Divisional Outlook
Tennessee Titans -135
Indianapolis Colts +165
Jacksonville Jaguars +650
Indianapolis Colts +2000
The Colts and Titans are expected to battle it out all season long for the AFC South crown, and the Jaguars and Texans are heavy underdogs. This was the way it shook out a season ago, and oddsmakers think it will go the same way in 2021.
Jacksonville was the worst team in the NFL last, but it has much better odds than the Texans. If these odds are a prediction of how the season will go, then it will be a long year for the Texans.
Houston Texans Offense
The Texans were actually right around league average in terms of yards per game, but there just wasn’t enough balance on that side of the ball. The Texans averaged more than 375 yards per game and they had an offense that was capable of putting up points in a hurry.
Houston averaged more than 283 passing yards, which made them one of the leaders in the NFL in that category. The problem was that Houston ran for just over 91 yards per game, and the ground game became a major issue as the season went along.
Watson was sacked a whopping 49 times and the Texans have to do a much better job of protecting the quarterback. Houston will look to find a way to establish the run much better and that could allow this team to be tough to stop when they are on offense.
Houston Texans Defense
The defense was easily the biggest issue a season ago as it allowed over 416 yards per game. Only two teams in the NFL allowed more yards, and the Texans were also gashed by some big plays in 2020.
The lack of a running game clearly hurt the defensive effort as there wasn’t much time to rest. Still, the Texans will have to be much better on that side of the ball if they hope to be improved this season.
Losing Watt isn’t going to make things easy for this defense, but the team has gotten younger at some key positions. Stopping the run will be a big key for the Texans, especially in AFC South games.
Houston Texans FAQ
When were the Houston Texans founded?
The Houston Texans were founded in 1999, but the first season wasn’t until 2002. The Houston Oilers played in this city from 1960-1966 before moving to Nashville and becoming the Tennessee Titans.
When was the last Super Bowl title for Houston?
The Houston Texans have never won the Super Bowl, and have never even played in one.
What is the name of the home stadium for the Texans?
NRG Stadium is the home of the Houston Texans.