At the start of the season, there is hype around which teams will be dark horses to make the Super Bowl, however many people would not have said the Houston Texans.
The Texans currently sit top of the AFC South with a record of 9-3, which is mightily impressive. But, just how have Houston become contenders to make the Super Bowl?
Two of these players have particularly shone this season in Watson and Hopkins.
Let’s start with Watson. The 23-year-old quarterback has been impressing in only his second season in the NFL. Watson has 3,031 yards and 21 touchdown passes already this season. At such a young age he has the potential to go on with Patrick Mahomes to be one of the top quarterbacks in the future.
Hopkins has also been key to the Texans success so far this season. He has 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns to his name. Hopkins is only 26 as well, so like Watson he could be part of the Texans fold for many more years to come.
Houston are also have some local talent. They have two players in Foreman and Coutee who are from Texas and both have bright futures in the league.
Foreman is a 22-year-old running-back, who is in his second season in the NFL. He had 327 yards and two touchdowns to his name last season, but has missed the entirety of this campaign with an Achilles injury. Foreman could yet return this season and, at just 22, he is an asset for years to come.
Coutee is even younger than Foreman and is a 21-year-old wide-receiver. Coutee has 287 yards and one touchdown to his name this season, which many would argue is nothing to shout home about. As a rookie, though, he is just adapting to the league and is clearly a talent.
One thing is for sure, if the Texans can beat the Colts again on Sunday they will take a big towards making the playoffs.