- Super Bowl Championships: 0
- Last Super Bowl Appearance: N/A
- Claim to Fame: They are the only post-merger expansion team to win their first game
- Claim to Shame: Houston is the only NFL franchise to have never played in a conference championship
The Texans are the second NFL franchise to call Houston home. After the Houston Oilers relocated to Tennessee, entrepreneur Bob McNair launched a bid to bring a new expansion franchise back to Houston.
The franchise was awarded in 1999 and began play in the 2002 season. 2011 would mark the Texans’ first division title, winning the AFC South with a 10-6 record.
One of the highlights for the franchise in their rather short existence is WR Andre Johnson. In 2017, Houston honored the team’s all-time receiving leader by making him the first player to be inducted into the Texans’ Ring of Honor. Johnson had 13,597 receiving yards for the team over 12 seasons.
Unfortunately, the celebrations ended quickly in 2017, as the season was derailed due to season-ending injuries to rookie QB Deshaun Watson and three-time Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt.
With 19 TDs and 1,699 passing yards, Watson was looking like an early candidate for Rookie of the Year honors. But that ended after he tore his ACL in practice ahead of Week 9. Without Watson under center, Houston would average just 13.7 points per game in the final nine games of the season.
And with both JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus sidelined for 11 games each, the Texans defense allowed the most points in the league. All this led to a rough 4-12 season (7-9 ATS).
Along with the returns of Watson, Watt, and Mercilus, the 2018 Texans will also benefit from the services of offseason acquisition Tyrann Mathieu from Arizona. The safety can line up anywhere in the secondary and will be hoping to regain his 2015 Pro Bowl form.
Major contributions from these four players will be key for the Texans’ hopes of taking the AFC South from the Jacksonville Jaguars.