2. Houston Texans
If everything goes as planned (which it never does) then this should be a win for the LA Chargers regardless. The Houston Texans were one of the worst teams in the league last season and the quarterback situation is completely up in the with Deshaun Watson’s ongoing lawsuit as well as the trade request from earlier this offseason.
Regardless of how that pans out, there is a good chance that three quarters into the NFL season the Texans will have entered tank mode. While they have all the leverage in the Watson situation, if he is truly willing to sit out, it could become time to rank for a quarterback.
This is especially true after Houston did not have its third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. At least then they could have tried to bring in Kyle Pitts to make things better. Instead, they’re starting at being a bottom-five team in the league once more.
While NFL teams definitely don’t tank like NBA teams, the morale of the locker room will reach a certain irreversible point late in the year with a terrible record. That makes Houston an easier out in Week 14 vs. Week 4.
With all due respect to Tyrod Taylor, he is not someone who is going to go out and win many games for your team. He can pilot a winning team with talent around him but Houston does not have much talent, and quite frankly, doesn’t seem to have a great organizational structure at the moment.
To avoid the chances of Taylor firing his guys up to beat his former team, the Bolts are better off facing Houston later rather than earlier.