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The Houston Texans’ who play in the AFC South Division of the NFL are the latest team to join the National Football League making their debut in the 2002 AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game in Ohio. This marked the return of Pro Football to Houston after a five year absence caused by the Houston Oilers upping sticks and relocating to Tennessee where they now play as Houston’s divisional rivals the Tennessee Titans.

In their first regular season game Houston defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 19-10, making them the only expansion team since the NFL –AFL merger to start with a winning record. However this didn’t last and they finished with a 4-12 record.

Since then Houston have made steady progress and in 2007 & 2008 managed to go 8-8 which was quite an achievement given the strength of their division. This was surpassed in 2009 when at 9-7 they achieved their first ever winning season and were a little unlucky not to make the playoffs. During 2009 Quarter Back Matt Schaub threw for 4,770 yards, the 6th highest single season total in NFL history and their star Wide Receiver Andre Johnston had 101 catches for 1569 yards. Given their line up also includes Pro Bowlers Mario Williams and Tight End Owen Daniels on the roster it should not be too long before the Houston Texans get rid of their unenviable tag of the only franchise not to have played in the playoffs.

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