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What The Texans Could Be In 2014: Part 3

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Over the next week, SportsRadio 610’s Paul Gallant will compare and contrast the 2014 Texans with 2013 NFL teams.  Part 1Part 2

Quarterback Quagmire
2013 Minnesota Vikings: 5-10-1, 4th NFC North

Of all the teams we’ll compare to the Texans over this week, the 2013 Vikings are probably the biggest stretch. They had a tougher schedule, an experienced (though unsuccessful) coach, among other differences. But the two squads do share some traits.

Similarities
Quarterback Wasteland

When you start Matt Cassell, Christian Ponder, and then get a performance “for the ages” from Josh Freeman under center over the course of a season, you’re going to have a bad time. Like the Texans quarterback situation, it was a positional group that didn’t seem to have a whole lot of upside. Sure there was the potential for Josh Freeman to find his 2012 Buccaneer form. Just like there’s the chance that Tom Savage takes over mid-season and shocks the world. It ain’t likely.

Ground And Pound

But like Buffalo yesterday, Minnesota could mask mask a great deal of their QB troubles thanks to their all world running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson is definitely a better running back than Foster. And even on a team that can’t stretch the field vertically, he still managed to rush for 1200+ rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Can Arian manage that kind of production with help from the Texans offensive line – and assuming Andre Johnson shows up – a better receiving corps? I think so.

Fierce Up Front

Minnesota didn’t quite have Buffalo’s strength up front last season. But they definitely had some talent and plenty of production in their base 4-3. Jared Allen, Brian Robison, Everson Griffen, and Kevin Williams tallied 29.5 sacks between them. That kind of sack total might be more realistic to expect from a team of Watt, Clowney, Mercilus and Nix.

Paul Gallant hosts the “B-Straw and Pauly G” show – weeknights 7-11 PM – with Brien Straw. Get in contact with Paul on Twitter – @PaulyGSays – or on Facebook – Paul Gallant.

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