Here's why Houston Texans place amongst their rivals just took an interesting turn

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Here's why Houston Texans place amongst their rivals just took an interesting turn
Are the Texans still the team to beat in the division post-draft? Composite Getty Image.

Coming into the NFL Draft, the Houston Texans were the clear betting favorites in the AFC South, and the addition of Stefon Diggs increased their odds to win the next Super Bowl.

The million-dollar question

But now that the NFL Draft is in the books, have the other teams in the division caught up with Houston? According to the odds in Vegas, the Texans still remain favorites to win the division, despite not having a first round pick.

Nick Caserio and his staff did a good job of addressing some big roster questions heading into the offseason. They added Georgia corner Kamari Lassister with their first pick in the second round. With former Texans corner Steven Nelson currently a free agent, they had to add some depth at the position along with Jeff Okudah and CJ Henderson, who were acquired in free agency. Both Okudah and Henderson only signed one-year deals, so drafting a corner early felt like a priority.

The Texans struggled to run the ball in 2023 and offensive lineman Tytus Howard was injured once again. So drafting Notre Dame tackle Blake Fisher certainly made sense.

The other position Caserio addressed on Day 2 was safety with the selection of Calen Bullock out of USC. Texans safety Jimmy Ward missed a lot of time in 2024 with injuries, so depth was a necessity. The only position that the team was unable to bolster early was defensive tackle. Houston added Marcus Harris in the 7th-round, but who knows if he'll make the team.

With all that said, are the Texans the best team in the division post-draft? And have they done enough to be true contenders in the AFC, along with the Ravens and Chiefs?

Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!

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Astros take the series! Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images.

Ronel Blanco held Oakland in check for seven innings in his return from a suspension and Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-2 victory over the Athletics on Sunday.

Jose Altuve added a two-run single in front of an announced crowd of 10,927 to help the Astros win the series and improve to 18-4 against the A's over the past two seasons.

Blanco (5-0) looked sharp in his return from a 10-game suspension for having a foreign substance in his glove during a start against Oakland in Houston last week.

He struck out five of his first eight batters and allowed only four hits, including a solo homer by Max Schuemann, before turning the game over to the bullpen. Houston improved to 8-1 in games started this season by Blanco, who has allowed only 33 hits in 54 1/3 innings.

Shea Langeliers added a solo homer in the ninth for Oakland against Josh Hader.

Oakland starter Aaron Brooks (0-2) pitched around trouble in the first three innings, inducing double-play grounders in the first and second and then striking out Alex Bregman top leave the bases loaded in the third.

Brooks appeared to be on his way to working out of the fourth allowing only one run before a pair of errors by Schuemann at shortstop led to a big inning for Houston.

Schuemann bobbled a two-out grounder by Mauricio Dubon for an error and then threw it wildly to second base for his second error on the play, allowing runners to advance to second and third.

Altuve followed with a two-run single and Tucker then hit his 18th home run to give the Astros a 5-0 lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: 1B José Abreu, who accepted a minor league assignment after a sluggish start to the season, is set to rejoin the the team on Monday in Seattle after going 0 for 7 with a walk in two rehab games with Sugar Land.

Athletics: RHP Ross Stripling was set to see a doctor Sunday to determine the severity of his strained right elbow.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (3-2, 4.32) is set to start the opener of a four-game series at Seattle on Monday.

Athletics: Oakland is off for Memorial Day and will begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday with RHP Mitch Spence (3-2, 4.09) expected to start the opener.

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