The Texans agreed to a new contract with Novak over the offseason. It's not hard to figure out why. As the Houston Chronicle suggested, he was arguably the Texans' most valuable player on offense in 2016, bolstering a struggling unit with a franchise-record 35 field goals. He ended the season tied for second in the NFL for the most field goals with Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis. Novak made 16 consecutive field goals late in the season, including making all five kicks and having five touchbacks during a pivotal December win over the Colts that helped the Texans win the division again. ... Novak has made 93 percent of his field goals inside 50 yards over the past five seasons and connected on 57 percent of his kicks from 50 yards or longer (including 4 of 7 last season). Over the past two seasons, Novak has made 48 of 51 kicks inside 50 yards for a 94-percent clip. Houston's offense will likely sputter at times again this season, so expect Novak to be relied upon heavily once again.