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08:07 AM ET 06.19 | Were it not for a Matt Schaub injury, Houston might already have made a title run. It's hard to imagine the Texans losing [in the divisional round] with a healthy Schaub in the lineup. ... [The] Texans still have a stacked roster. Foster is one of the top three running backs in the league, Andre Johnson is still a freak and the offensive line is one of the best in the league. On defense, Wade Phillips is one of the top coordinators in the NFL and has a bevy of talented pass rushers at his disposal. Brian Cushing is one of the top three inside linebackers in the league and a big play waiting to happen. Overall, if Schaub can stay healthy, this team is ready to contend for a championship this season.

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June 19, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Wade Phillips is one of the top coordinators in the NFL and has a bevy of talented pass rushers at his disposal.

Minus one significant pass rusher from last season...

June 19, 2012  08:28 AM ET

They forgot to mention that being in the AFC South is practically a free ticket to the playoffs this season.

June 19, 2012  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They forgot to mention that being in the AFC South is practically a free ticket to the playoffs this season.

I never could quite figure out the permutation of that division.

June 19, 2012  08:43 AM ET

The Texans are a good team but not Title worthy.

June 19, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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They forgot to mention that being in the AFC South is practically a free ticket to the playoffs this season.

It's not always a good thing to come out of an easy division and into the playoffs. The last fewSB winners came out of tough divisions and were hardened for tough playoff games. It helps to be ready for that level of competition.

June 19, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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It's not always a good thing to come out of an easy division and into the playoffs. The last fewSB winners came out of tough divisions and were hardened for tough playoff games. It helps to be ready for that level of competition.

Yeah, I always think of the Chiefs from a few years back. Great record, but they didn't beat a single team that finished over .500.

Result? One and done.

June 19, 2012  09:06 AM ET

I miss the Steelers / Oilers rivalry...those were some good games.

June 19, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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I miss the Steelers / Oilers rivalry...those were some good games.

I miss the Oilers. Bum Phillips was a class act. Always wore a cowboy hat on the sidelines, but not in domed stadiums. He said a gentleman removes his hat indoors.

These days, he'd get slapped down by the "You got a licensed to wear that hat?" crowd from the Official Clothing of the NFL Department.

June 19, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Zzzzzzzzzzz.....

June 19, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Not until they can beat the big boys during the regular season.

June 19, 2012  09:30 AM ET

The Team proved last year that were pretty deep, they should continue to do well, they got a good shot at Championship, if there defense continues to play well!

June 19, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Houston is definitely a threat this year.

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June 19, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Texans are a good team but not Title worthy.

Only if they mean AFC SOUTH title

June 19, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wade Phillips is one of the top coordinators in the NFL and has a bevy of talented pass rushers at his disposal. Minus one significant pass rusher from last season...

The Texans reloaded in the draft.

June 19, 2012  10:54 AM ET

They'll have to get past New England, Baltimore and Pittsburgh to get there.

What else is new? Other than the end of the dynasty in Indianapolis, the AFC power structure hasn't really changed for a decade.

June 19, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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If they can have a healthy QB last the season and have Andre Johnson play the whole season, they may just challenge for the Title

Keeping Johnson healthy is a huge if. When I guy goes down hard just running across the field it doesn't give one a lot of confidence he can make it through an entire season.

June 19, 2012  11:24 AM ET
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Yeah, I always think of the Chiefs from a few years back. Great record, but they didn't beat a single team that finished over .500.Result? One and done.

And Shanahan won one playoff game after Elway but cleaned up nearly every year in that group. got him big bucks from Danny boy though.

June 19, 2012  01:44 PM ET
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I miss the Oilers. Bum Phillips was a class act. Always wore a cowboy hat on the sidelines, but not in domed stadiums. He said a gentleman removes his hat indoors.These days, he'd get slapped down by the "You got a licensed to wear that hat?" crowd from the Official Clothing of the NFL Department.

The little fatguy that ran out after the kick-off and got the tee then would do a summersault when he got back to the sidelines

 
June 19, 2012  03:18 PM ET
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If they can have a healthy QB last the season and have Andre Johnson play the whole season, they may just challenge for the Title

You can glue wings to that pig, don't mean it will fly

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