The team has won four of the past five AFC South titles under Bill O’Brien.
They have won the AFC South four of the past five seasons under head coach Bill O’Brien. Of course, it’s hard to get to a Super Bowl when you can’t even reach the AFC Championship Game. And that something the Houston Texans have yet to do in 18 years of existence.
This past year, the club rallied to defeat the Buffalo Bills in overtime in the wild card round and then owned a quick 24-0 lead at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional playoffs. But it all came apart as the club went home once again without reaching the conference title tilt.
It’s been an interesting offseason for a franchise that has actually been to the postseason six of the past nine years, capturing a division title in each instance. The team did its share of wheeling and dealing this year and the latter may be an understatement. So is it time for the Texans to finally break through and play on Super Sunday? Here’s how the club can get this done…
5. Host a divisional-round game
Dating back to 2011, the Houston Texans have won six division titles. That’s a pretty impressive total under head coach Gary Kubiak (2) and current sideline leader Bill O’Brien (4). The team has actually notched wins in the wild card round four times. But this team has yet to advance to a conference championship game.
All told, the Texans own a 4-6 postseason record and in their last two appearances in the divisional round, they were eliminated on the road by the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (34-16) in 2016. And as previously mentioned, Houston had a problem protecting a 24-0 second-quarter lead over the Kansas City Chiefs before being outscored 51-7 the remainder of the game.
Of course, the Texans still have to win the division first again. That won’t be easy with the surging Titans right on their heels and the Colts making a lot of changes this offseason. But can they finally earn the right to play at home in the second round of the playoffs?