Schaub, Johnson, and Daniels: Can They Make the Texans Contenders?

Corey CarrContributor IOctober 23, 2009

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball as guard Kasey Studdard #64 looks to block during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Houston Texans are arguably the most inconsistent team in the National Football League.

The Texans are off to a 3-3 start to the 2009 regular season and are hoping to reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. They have defeated the Titans, Raiders, and Bengals. In each of these games, the Texans have had to score at least 28 points to win.

Matt Schaub is second in the NFL in passing yards and first in the league in passing touchdowns. He is in the midst of a career season and is considered a first tier quarterback in nearly all fantasy football leagues.

His main man, Andre Johnson, is second in the NFL in receiving yards, averaging 96 yards per game.

The Texans are 12th in the league in points per game, scoring an average of 24 points.

One of the main reasons for the Texans' disappointing record compared to their great passing stats? The rushing game.

The Texans only have two rushing touchdowns on the season, compared to Schaub's 14 passing touchdowns. We have scored the fifth-most touchdowns in the league, with 18 (two coming on defense and special teams).

The Texans are ranked 30th in the league in rushing out of 32 teams.

Steve Slaton has had a bad case of the butterfingers so far this year, and we just have not been able to get it going on the ground.

The Texans' defense was supposed to be greatly improved this year with the additions of Brian Cushing, Connor Barwin, Shaun Cody, and Antonio Smith.

The Texans' "shutdown" corner, Dunta Robinson, held out all of training camp with contract disputes and has not been much more than an attitude problem since then.

Can Schaub and Johnson carry this team to the playoffs for the first time?

From the looks of the way things are going right now, Schaub is going to have to throw for 30+ touchdowns this season and Andre is going to have to catch the majority of them.

The Colts are the favorites to win the AFC South, as they have started out undefeated. Are the Texans good enough to take a wild card spot?

Other likely contenders for the wild card: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Miami, NY Jets, New England, and San Diego.

The reason I listed all of these teams is because only one team can win each division, and there are only two wild card teams left over.

That is a pretty good looking list of teams, and the big question: Can the Texans be better than these guys?

Yes. They can.

They already beat Cincy, who is no slouch to say the least. The other teams on this list are all solid all around, though.

In order for the Texans to be as good as these teams and for the record of the Texans to be as good is to be better all around.

That's quite the recipe that needs to be served up.

Schaub and Andre have to keep doing what they are doing.

Tight end Owen Daniels has not been mentioned in this article, but he is leading all tight ends in touchdown receptions this season and is Schaub's favorite target in the red zone.

The running game has to improve because one dimensional teams will not win the Super Bowl.

On top of that, I think it is fitting to end this reading with...

"Offense wins games, but defense wins championships."