BitterSweet 2018 review for the Texans

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Houston Texans

11-5

1st AFC South

Grade : B-

It’s got to be a bittersweet season for the Houston Texans. On one hand, the Texans took a step forward in the right direction as a team. Young Deshaun Watson had a solid season, but performed relatively quiet for a quarterback who was picked by many to be in the MVP running. Houston will be kicking themselves for their early playoff exit to the divisional rival Colts, a team who they were able to beat in the regular season.

Team Defensive MVP

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt was back in 2018-19 for the Texans. After missing significant playing time in the previous two seasons, Watt was able to return to health this season, playing all 16 games of the season. Watt returned with vengeance, racking up 14 sacks, coming second in the league, earning himself yet another pro bowl appearance. The Texans effective 3-4 defense was able to get after the quarterback in a pass-happy league, causing 15 INTs on the season, many of which were accredited to the pass rush of Watt. 

Team Offensive MVP

DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins went off in 2018. Hopkins had his best year as a pro, catching 115 passes for 1,572 yards and 11 TDs. Hopkins ranked 5th in receptions and second in yards, making an argument for the best receiver in the league this season. Hopkins came up huge for Houston all season, registering 4 games with 10+ catches, including a monster game against division rivals Indianapolis Colts in which Hopkins caught 10 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. 

2019-20 Outlook

The future of the Texans will look a lot more clear after the offseason. The Texans defense has the potential to look much different next season. Jadeveon Clowney and Tyrann Mathieu, two big pieces of the defense, have the option to opt out, with many reports suggesting both players will. The duo are rumored to desire max deals, with the Texans unlikely to match the expectations. Look for Houston to be in the market for pieces on defense this offseason. 

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