NEW YORK â" Comments on the Houston Texans by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
HOUSTON TEXANS (6)
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 2): Texans claimed first division title and playoff berth in 2011; if they can get healthy seasons from QB Matt Schaub and WR Andre Johnson, this season should be much, much better.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 3): Wade Phillips has worked wonders with this defense.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 3): If quarterback Matt Schaub had stayed healthy in 2011, fierce defense would have led Texans into Super Bowl.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 5): A threat to reach first Super Bowl if Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, and Arian Foster can stay healthy.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 5): Letâs see what happens with Matt Schaub back in lineup.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 6): Can Texans build on last seasonâs success?
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 8): Texans have all signs of team that is ready to bust out. All they need is good health and little luck.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 9): Wade Phillips is magician with that defense. Johnathan Joseph was key.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 9): Offensive line should not start out as good as it was last year. Tennessee is closing gap in AFC South.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 10): AFC South is Texansâ for the taking again, and Matt Schaubâs return from foot injury makes them solid favorites.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 10): Young and talented team gets very underrated QB back this year in Matt Schaub and has shown it can play through injury.
Chris Berman (ESPN, 12): Raised eyebrows despite all the injuries.
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