The Houston Texans are starting to get a hang of this whole “being a good team” thing.
Although they’ve never been to the playoffs in franchise history, the Texans are looking like a playoff team now, remaining in first place in the AFC South with an easy 30-12 win over the Browns on Sunday in Houston.
The Texans did what a good team should do against a bad opponent at home: They jumped out to a big lead and never looked back. It was 14-0 early, 24-3 at halftime and 30-6 with five minutes left in the game. The Browns finally got in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to make the score look a little more respectable, but this was a blowout from start to finish.
Houston’s offense was without its best player, Andre Johnson, once again, but that didn’t matter: Running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate both topped 100 yards on the ground, the Texans’ rushing total of 263 yards was their best in franchise history, and the game was never in doubt.
What’s also not in doubt is that the Texans are the class of the AFC South. Tennessee may be able to hang around long enough to make this division interesting down the stretch, but it would be a big surprise if the Texans aren’t hosting a playoff game in January.