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Houston Texans Ready To Build On Impressive Season

Houston Texans Fasily Becoming AFC Sweetheart

The Houston Texans 2023 Draft class has the possibility of being one of the best group of rookie picks in franchise history. After a much-debated move, the team traded up to draft Will Anderson Jr. one pick after taking C.J. Stroud second overall. Critics claimed this was foolish, while others praised the Texans for grabbing a player that was considered to be the best non-quarterback in the class. The end result was the selection of the NFL offensive and defensive rookies of the year. Stroud completed 63.9% of his passes for 4,108 pass yards and 23 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He led the Texans to the AFC South title game and a massive win over the Cleveland Browns in the wild-card round. Will Anderson finished the year with seven sacks, 22 QB hits, 32 pressures, and ten tackles for a loss. He will be a cornerstone of the defense for a while.

Bulls On Parade

The Houston Texans are +1000 to win the AFC Championship with NFL future bets, ranking them 5th behind the Chiefs, Ravens, Bengals, and Bills. Their offseason has included the signing of such players as RB Joe Mixon and DE Danielle Hunter, along with the re-signing of Dalton Schultz, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Desmond King II, and Eric Murray. First-year head coach and former Texan Linebacker DeMeco Ryans has re-sparked a fire with his team. The Texans were not only impressive in Ryan’s first season, but they created a team environment that the league has now dubbed a desirable place to play.

Texans 2024 Oppoents

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Buffalo Bills Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers
Miami Dolphins Kansas City Chiefs
Indianapolis Colts New York Jets
Jacksonville Jaguars New England Patriots
Detroit Lions Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans Jacksonville Jaguars
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The Texans will face each team from the AFC East (Bills, Dolphins, Jets and Patriots) as well as the NFC North (Lions, Packers, Vikings and Bears). Along with will facing their three AFC South opponents twice at home and once on the road. The Texans won the AFC South, therefore have to face all other AFC first-place finishers. They’ll take on the AFC North (Ravens), the AFC West (City) and the NFC East (Cowboys).

Mixon It Up

Joe Mixon adds an interesting new element to the Texans offense. In years past the team relied on Rookies or middle of the pack running backs to move the chains on the ground. However, Mixon is neither of those things. The 27-year-old former Bengals 2nd round pick has an impressive resume that includes four 1000+ seasons and over 62 total touchdowns. While some may be concerned with his age and 1571 career carries, the Texans arfuable haven’t had a running back of this calibre since Arian Foster.

Although it’s difficult to argue against the Texans’ season from the previous year, their running game was a weak point. The team underperformed by almost all metrics used to assess the effectiveness of the running game.The RB’s only scored a total of seven touchdowns, with just five of those coming from inside the 5-yard line. Even stats like yards before contact were among the bottom ten in the league. It’s clear why General Manager Nick Caserio felt the job needed to be changed. The selection of Mixon is intriguing because, although he will be 28 when the season begins, Caserio obviously did not give that much thought, which makes sense.

Mixon just finished a strong season with 1410 total yards on 309 touches, 52 receptions, and 12 total touchdowns. He offers the kind of seasoned, adaptable, and occasionally explosive skill set that the Texans’ run game lacked during the previous campaign.It is hoped that Mixon can strengthen the ground game and transform a 2023 shortcoming into a 2024 strength. When a running back of Mixon’s caliber is available for just a seventh-round pick, the Texans should jump at the chance to get him, and the Bengals should take whatever offer they can for a guy they were going to release otherwise.

From a Fantasy perspective, Mixon had only four games in 2023 with fantasy points in the single digits and only five with more than 20. If you owned Mixon, you had to accept that a guy who was probably your RB1 might score ten or twelve points, but that was typically all he could earn you. While there is a portion of this that can be attributed to inadequate running room and offensive line play, Mixon also bears some of the burden. In addition, five times in his seven seasons, Mixon has been in the top 12 at the position in half-PPR; he was the RB5 last year. It’s true that rostering Mixon requires you to be prepared to weather the ups and downs that accompany it, but throughout his career, it has generally been hard to be overly dissatisfied with the outcome.

I believe the Texans will use Joe Mixon differently than how the Bengals did in the last few seasons. Houston is please with their young quarterback C.J Stroud’s first season and want to allow him to grow without adding too much pressure. Having a strong running game will keep the Texans offense balanced and successful.

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