The NFL season of 2022 is set to begin. When we finally get to go back into the stadia to cheer on our favourite teams as they strive to rack up the points, there will be a lot of excitement. The Houston Texans are an exciting club to watch in this new and exciting NFL season. Here are some strong early 2022 NFL season predictions for the Houston Texans.
1. Texans Finish at the Bottom of the Afc South
The Texans are currently favoured to finish last in the league in 2022, with an over/under of 4.5 wins. They, too, have a busy schedule, but they’ll likely shock some people with their success this year.
Just keep in mind that their new head coach, Lovie Smith, is grossly underappreciated. During his tenure as defensive coordinator last year, Smith coached the team to a takeaway total that was in the top ten.
Moreover, the Texans have kept Pep Hamilton and elevated him to the position of offensive coordinator. Hamilton is a brilliant young aggressive mind. With a better offensive line and effective offensive weapons, their offence will reach the next level. That can lead to a number of surprising triumphs throughout the course of the season.
The Texans could end up winning between six and eight games that year. For Smith, that’s good enough to secure his future with the company. The team, who fired David Culley in January after his first season, during which they went 4-27 due to an injured squad, should also benefit from the added stability at the top.
However, the Texans won’t be able to climb out of last place in the AFC South with just six to eight victories.
2. Davis Mills Starts and Will Be Okay
Davis Mills had been a five-star prospect until committing to Stanford in 2016. Consequently, he began having knee issues during his first year of college, and they persisted throughout the rest of his time there. Before the Texans took him 67th overall, he had played in just 16 games at the NCAA level. Regardless, Mills is going into his second season as the clear-cut starter.
He unquestionably has what it takes to be an NFL starter at quarterback. Like any young athlete, he had his ups and downs last year. However, in the last five games of the season, he excelled, throwing for nine touchdowns against only two interceptions. He also threw for 251.3 yards per game on average.
Many people were impressed by how much Mills delivered. Now fans hope he’ll take a big enough step forward in 2022 to convince the front management they don’t need another quarterback in the 2023 selection.
3. Brandin Cooks Breaks Record
Both Andre Hopkins and Andre Johnson have 115 receptions with the Texans, which is tied for the most all-time. This season, Brandin Cooks will alter that. He is the best receiver on the Texans and one of the most underrated players in the NFL. In the nine games that Cooks and QB Davis Mills played together last year, Mills played every action and Cooks caught at least 79 percent of the passes thrown to him.
For those contests, Cooks caught 6.5 passes per game on 9 targets. In their last three games together, Cooks caught for an average of 7.3 yards per game. In a 17-game season, a receiver who averages 6.5 receptions per game will finish with 111 receptions. If the numbers add up, Cooks will have set a new franchise record by the end of the 2022 season.
Although the Texans as a whole might have a tough season, Cooks should still end up as one of the best receivers in the NFL.
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4. Derek Stingley Jr. Is a Tackle Machine
The 2022 third overall pick, freshman All-American, and blue-chip talent for LSU showed off his skills during the NFL preseason. A few weeks ago, he began in a 24-20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.
Stingley’s performance against the Rams was indicative of his potential to be a key cog in the Texans’ formidable defence in 2022.
The Texans haven’t been pushing him too hard in practise because of an old Lisfranc foot injury. Nonetheless, Stingley showed that, as he has in the past, his foot remains in fine health. Prepared as he can be for his first season in the NFL.
Keep in mind that he used to be a top-tier prospect. With 73 total stops, seven for loss, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries, he was named to the All-SEC team twice during his collegiate career.
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