In 2002 the Texans brought football back to Houston, Texas. With the Houston Oilers now moved to Nashville, fans in the area were ready to embrace this team. The franchise has had some successful moments during their short stay in the AFC South.
Their early seasons were a bit of a struggle but they soon would blossom into one of the better teams in their conference. We’ve already put together a list of best players in team history. But, here is a list of the best seasons the Texans have had during their short stay in Houston.
This was the seventh season for the Texans in the league. They had a tough start to the year losing their first four games. With three of those loses being divisional losses, things were not looking great for the Texans. However the team rallied in a great way finish at 8-8 and winning five of their last six. This was also the first year the team ever appeared on Monday Night Football. Gary Kubiak had the team moving in the right direction and although they didn’t make the playoffs, things were looking up for this team.
The Texans improved on their previous season by finishing 2009 with a 9-7 record. It was their first winning season in franchise history and they just barley missed the playoffs, being the first team out in a series of tiebreakers. Running back Arian Foster began to play during the middle of this season and began showing his ability to play at a high level. Despite missing the playoffs it was clear that this was a franchise on the upswing and just a piece or two away from competing in the playoffs.
In their tenth season in the league, the Texans made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Texans finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and won their division. The hosted the first playoff game in the city of Houston since the Oilers in 1993. They then went on to win the franchise’s first playoff game 31-10 over the Bengals before losing to the Ravens in the next round.
Perhaps the best season in franchise history, the Texans were at their highest point during this season. They finished the regular season at an impressive 12-4. Players like JJ Watt and Arian Foster had become all pro players. They won a close playoff game against the Bengals for the second year in a row. Unfortunately they met a tough Patriots team in the divisional round and loss 41-28.
2015 saw the Texans return to the playoffs for the first time in three years. Despite having a rough start to the season (maybe due to Hard Knocks distractions), and having multiple guys starting at quarterback the Texans found a rhythm toward the end of their season and managed to benefit from a very weak year in their division. They met the Chiefs in the playoffs, and came back to earth in a 30-0 loss.
Can this become another great year in Texans history? Check out our game-by-game predictions to see what we think.