The Houston Texans are the NFL’s youngest franchise founded in 1999 and started play in 2002. They faced lean years for almost a decade, scoring their first winning season in 2009 when they finished 9-7 before winning their first AFC South Title and making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2011. They won their first playoff game in a 31-10 route over the Cincinnati Bengals before falling to the Baltimore Ravens, losing 20-13 in the Divisional Playoffs.
The Texans went 12-4 and won the division again in 2012, before losing out to the New England Patriots, again in the Divisional Playoffs.
After two lean seasons, including a 2-14 collapse in 2013, the Texans emerged as division winners again in 2015, finishing 9-7 but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in a 30-0 shutout.
They won the division again in 2016 at 9-7 and defeated the 12-4 Oakland Raiders in a home playoff game before again losing to New England in the Divisional Round.
After a 4-12 season in 2017 that saw the team lose star players J.J. Watt and DeShaun Watson, the Texans rebounded in 2018, winning their fifth AFC South Championship at 11-5 but lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.
The Texans haven’t sniffed the AFC Championship round yet, but with Watson coming into his third season along with J.J. Watt still in his prime and young weapons all over the field, 2019 might finally be the team’s year to shine. Time will ultimately tell, but the Texans might just have found a winning recipe that works.
Houston Texans Quick Hits
NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Deep steel blue, battle red, liberty white
Bulls on Parade
Duane Brown, J.J. Watt, Mario Williams, Andre Johnson
Play in the same complex as their predecessors, the Houston Oilers.
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Unused Helmet (Prior to 2002)
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