Never has a Texans’ game gone more the way I thought it would than this one. Obviously I picked a closer score, but I just mean in the realm of “feel”. The Texans kept it close, for the most part, had chances to make big plays on both sides of the ball – and failed to do so. Second verse, same as the first.
I fully expected Houston to lose this game, and right now it sure seems like they can’t beat a good team – and maybe they can’t. Of course, from here on out, the Texans’ schedule gets “easier”. They’re 3-3, which is not good – but in a bad division and no return in sight for Peyton Manning, they should still win the AFC South. If they do, people will say they only won because of Manning’s injury, and they’ll probably be right.
But there I am, ridiculously talking about the Texans winning the division after they’ve just lost their second game in a row.
It was the same old story for Houston. They proved they could move the ball fairly well, but didn’t do much with it. The defense stopped Baltimore for much of the game, but couldn’t do it with any consistency in the second half.
Joe Flacco came alive in this game, possibly excited about the possibility of facing Kareem Jackson, who was inexplicably given his starting job back. Jackson, or “HotGarbage25″ as I like to call him, responded in a predictable fashion. But of course, there was plenty of blame to go around today.
The Texans will face another rested team coming off a bye next week in the Tennessee Titans. Because of the relative softness of Houston’s upcoming schedule, I still don’t see much reason to panic. To be upset? Sure. To be “depressed” as a fan? Okay. I know it sounds oddly optimistic, but the Texans can make hay with their schedule… however it needs to start next week in Nashville. Oh, and it would be nice if Andre Johnson would come back. His absence is killing the offense right now, and the running game has suddenly looked very ordinary as a result.
I’d just like the Texans to surprise me. Once. In a good way. I can’t think of the last time that happened.