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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Can the Texans close on the Titans?

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Houston Texans are oozing optimism.

Are they setting themselves up for success or a let-down?

It's a good thing to aim at the top, and you can't really say you're doing anything else. But I think a team that's spent that last three years at the bottom of the AFC South needs to shoot first for last year's third place team: Tennessee.

Since Indianapolis is the five-time defending AFC South champs, Houston's 1-11 overall record against the Colts is somewhat understandable. At 7-5 against Jacksonville, the Texans have shown they can figure out a division rival.

But 2-10 against Tennessee? If the Texans can't manage at least a split there, how can they climb?

I explore that and more in the Texans' installment of Camp Confidential.