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Good News Texans' Fans, The AFC South Is There For The Taking

Reading Paul Kuharsky's article over at ESPN's NFL Nation blog really got me thinking.

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Will this be the year that our beloved Texans finally reach the postseason? How should we react to a very-weak AFC South this season? Is this the worst division in football?

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All of those questions are increasingly important because of one guy, and that's Peyton Manning. His absence for the Colts has literally transformed the entire landscape of this season, within the division as well as the conference. Will Gary Kubiak and the Texans be able to take advantage?

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I really, really hope so because Kubiak has been on the "hot seat" for a long time now. If he can't lead this team to the playoffs, then there is no reason that he should remain the Texans' head coach.

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There is a surplus of very talented players on both sides of the ball, and I honestly can't think of a better offensive trio than Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson. Kuharsky feels the same way:

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The Schaub-Andre Johnson-Arian Foster combination is among the league’s best. Who has a better trio?

Philadelphia perhaps, with Michael Vick-LeSean McCoy-DeSean Jackson. Maybe Matt Ryan-Roddy White-Michael Turner in Atlanta. If we sub tight ends for running backs, San Diego with Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson is in the conversation as is Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley.

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While Houston's schedule isn't very friendly, take a quick look at some of the opposing quarterbacks that we could face:

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Collins twice, Chad Henne, Matt Hasselbeck twice (or maybe rookie Jake Locker), Luke McCown twice (or maybe rookie Blaine Gabbert), Colt McCoy, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton.

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It doesn't get much more favorable than this folks; all the Texans need to do is execute like they are more than capable of and the postseason awaits them.

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