The Houston Texans will be looking to repeat as division champions in what is becoming a competitive AFC South.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson recovered nicely from an ACL injury that abruptly ended his 2017 campaign by throwing over 4,100 yards and 26 touchdowns, against only nine interceptions, in 2018.
Houston won the division with an 11-5 record but bowed out in the first round to division rival Indianapolis, who had a resurgence last season with the return of franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.
Houston will have to contend with not only the Colts in 2019, but Tennessee (who had a winning season) and Jacksonville (who is a year removed from the AFC Championship game and signed Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles this offseason).
This offseason, the Texans did let two secondary members – Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson – walk, but they did sign ex-Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson, along with cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Backup quarterback A.J. McCarron was also signed to a one-year, $3 million deal as an insurance policy for Watson.
NRG Stadium, home to the Texans since their inception in 2002, has been upgraded several times since then and is a versatile facility, as it can be transformed into a 125,000 square foot convention center. It has hosted several Super Bowls and NCAA Final Fours. In addition to traditional suites, party suites are available that can accommodate up to 150 guests. Many units also have private restrooms.
The Texans play division opponents (Colts, Jaguars, and Titans) twice each in 2019. The rest of the home slate is as follows: Carolina, Atlanta, Oakland, New England (Sunday night game), and Denver. Houston has a tough non-division road schedule, that includes four playoff teams in five matchups: New Orleans, the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City, Baltimore, and Tampa Bay.