Here's a post from my old FanBlog from last season. Figure it is interesting going into the game: Are the 2006 Texans the 2002 Panthers? In 2006, of course, the Texans didn't go 7-9, instead they went 6-10. Both the offense and defense were improved over 2005 (wouldn't be hard). The defense improved over the course of the year and the offense stagnated with injuries to the line, running back carousels, and only one QB available for the last part of the year. The biggest difference in 2007 over 2006 is that Kubiak knows his personnel a lot better. He isn't going into the season suggesting that the secondary is a strength of the team because it features two first round picks as CB. Or goofing around starting Hodgdon at center. Or thinking he can get through a season with rookie running backs. Of course, the biggest difference between Carolina/Texans is that Fox is defensive minded and Kubiak is offensive minded. I believe that in looking at what Kubiak has done draft/free agent wise, he likes getting system guys for offense and the best players available for defense figuring that he can take care of his side of the ball but has to get some special athletes for the defensive side of the ball. Another difference is that Carolina had some early success as a franchise because they were able to take advantage of the salary cap before teams figured out how to keep their best players. The Texans say that they believe they will win each game, but to say something is different than actually doing it. The Texans have had so many "there we go again" moments, that they really do need to develop that expectation of winning. Anyway, I thought this old post might be interesting, so there you have it.