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After an offseason of waiting, the Houston Texans have a chance to prove themselves once again to the NFL world in a big way on Thursday night.

The Texans will host the Pittsburgh Steelers at NRG Stadium in Houston for the second straight year on Thursday, a date that will be no easy task considering that the AFC South race has been dominated by division rivals Pittsburgh and Jacksonville for most of the season.

The Houston Texans, the AFC’s fourth-ranked team, are now a year removed from finishing the regular season ranked in the top three in the NFL and are in position to take a major step toward getting back into the playoffs.

That will be an uphill battle for any team to do in this division, but the Texans are already a major contender to win the division and make their way into the postseason.

The NFL season is in the rearview mirror, and the Texans should be in the mix to win it all again, but first the team needs to prove that they can do it with the help of the best quarterback in the league.

The game is set up to be a shootout with the first half of the game scheduled for 8:25 p.m.

ET on NFL Network, with the second half to be played at 6:15 p.