The Houston Texans are an NFL team that are an expansion of the former Houston Oilers, who moved to Nashville, TN in 1997 and then became the Tennessee Titans in 1999. In 2002, the Houston Texans joined the NFL, and are currently members of the AFC’s Southern Division. After the Oilers moved to Tennessee and became the Titans, Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, was without an NFL team.
The Texans played their very first game on September 8, 2002, and defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-10. This made them the 2nd expansion team in history to win their very first game. Unfortunately, they then lost their next five games, until they were finally able to defeat the Jaguars.
Here are a few facts about the Houston Texans:
- Their first season in 2002 was deemed to be quite a success. They finished the season at 4-12, and sent players Gary Walker and Aaron Glenn to the Pro Bowl.
- They’ve yet to win any championships, but they are still only in their sixth season.
- The Texans are owned by American businessmen Bob McNair.
- Their head coach, Gary Kubiak, has had Super Bowl experience as both a player and a coach for his two former teams, the San Francisco 49’ers and Denver Broncos.
- The team colors are steel blue, red, and white, and their helmet is dark blue and contains their bull logo.
- Player Kris Brown made three field goals of 54+ yards in one single game, including a record 57 field goal that helped the team beat the Miami Dolphins. He made history during this game.
- Houston Texans’ chose Amobi Okoye as the first round draft pick in 2007, making him the youngest ever NFL draft selection. He didn’t even turn twenty until June of that year.
The Houston Texans started this season off with three losses in a row by playing against the Steelers and Titans. Thanks to Hurricane Ike damaging the roof of the Reliant Stadium, the Texans had to play three consecutive away games before returning to Houston in October. They made their first win this season against the Miami Dolphins with a successful come back after being behind for all but the last three seconds of the game. The following week they defeated Detroit, and the week after that they beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-6, which was the largest winning margin in their history.