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SI’s Banks Says the Texans are Playoff Bound

The Texans have a fan when it comes to expectations for 2009, as writer Don Banks has thrown it out there that the Texans are headed for…(gulp!) the postseason!

Yes, Banks wrote recently that the Texans will make it to the dance, somewhat based on their very solid wrap up of the 2008 season. Here’s what Banks had to write about a postseason trip for Texans:

• Houston — It might surprise you to learn that only five AFC teams own more regular-season victories than the Texans’ 16 in the past two seasons, and that New England (27), Indianapolis (25), Tennessee (23), Pittsburgh (22) and San Diego (19) have parlayed those wins into nine out of a possible 10 playoff berths. Houston has gone 8-8 the past two seasons, and seems on the cusp of finally making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. But we’ve heard that before, because the Texans have been teases for a while now.

What’s going to be different this time? Well, for one I don’t see Houston starting the season 0-4 and playing its hurricane-delayed home opener in Week 5 again. Secondly, quarterback Sage Rosenfels isn’t around to give away a game or two in spectacular fashion. Lastly, I like the way Houston’s schedule breaks. The Texans don’t play 2008 playoff teams in consecutive weeks until late November. By then I think Gary Kubiak’s team will be well on its way to growing up.

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