Football is finally getting ready to kick-off and the Houston Texans are looking to take things to the next level. After back-to-back campaigns ending in the playoffs, this Houston team is filled with a lot of reasons to be excited about the upcoming season. The Texans will look to do more than earn a game or two in the playoffs and bring home the Lombardi trophy for the first time in franchise history.
But football is never really that simple. The usual drama is here with injuries always a hurdle, the grit and grind of staying competitive in a league where any team can beat the other, and now we have a global pandemic to contend with. There are a lot of storylines to follow this season. Some good, some not so good, but all of them important and impactful. Before the Texans travel to take on the reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs for the season opener on NBC, get to know some of the biggest storylines surrounding the team this season. And don’t forget, you can watch the NFL on a variety of networks including CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, and the NFL Network all available on DISH Network.
The Aftermath of Bill O’Brien Trading Hopkins
Bill O’Brien has been wearing multiple hats for some time now and the biggest decision that he has made as the Texans’ General Manager is easily the trade of DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. The Texans received another offensive weapon in David Johnson as part of the deal but Hopkins was much more than a talent, he was a star. Loved in the community, a face as part of ongoing marketing efforts between the Texans and H-E-B, and a leader in the locker room, many were surprised to see the offseason move. Nobody may have been more surprised than Deshaun Watson who tweeted Drake’s lyrics that seemed to be aimed at his disapproval of the move. The NFL is a “here today, gone tomorrow” kind of business, but the aftermath of trading away one of the top 3 players on your team will be an interesting dynamic to watch this season.
The Lack of Noise Inside, Versus Outside NRG
A league that has historically built itself around a culture that eliminates noise from the outside is dealing with more distractions than ever before. From the push for social justice to the pandemic, you can kind of just take your pick when looking for a distraction. On top of it all, revenue in the stands will be an inevitable issue. The Texans want to have the fans in NRG the same way other organizations are looking to bring in fans, but finding a way to bring together a limited number of fans in a safe way while located in one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the U.S. is a recipe for disaster. Seeing how the Texans handle these outside forces and if they are capable of providing an in-person experience will be making headlines as we go along this season.
Can the Stars Stay Healthy?
With the departure of Hopkins, the team has brought in Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb to supplement its receiving core with Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, and Kenny Stills expected to continue their roles to a degree. But with the injury-prone nature of an aging J.J. Watt, Will Fuller suffering a laundry list of injuries throughout the years, Cooks having some history with concussions, and Watson taking hit after hit with 2 career ACL injuries, Houston will need to protect its stars if it wants to go far. The Houston Texans have a lot of exciting players. The team and the fans will be hoping that they can remain healthy this season and make an impact each week.
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