2009: The Houston Texans lead the league in passing and possess the #4 offense in the league. The defense, while not great, does clock in at 14th. Most importantly, the Texans finally break-through and log their first ever winning season. Coming into the final week of the season, the Texans even have an outside chance at securing their first ever playoff berth. Unfortunately, Houston would have to wait for another year before breaking through to playoff glory.
While the Week 1 loss to the Jets, which beat out the Texans for that playoff spot, loomed large, there are other key points.