When a team is 2-1 with one game left in the season you’d probably say hey, team’s off to a go start, had some very good wins, they look good. True, the Texans have looked good, but there is a chance they could end up right back where they were last year, 9-7. And I say this because of what lies ahead. This is not me bashing the Texans, only providing a realistic look at what is to come. So pay attention and understand this is based on what is happening as of now.
The Texans face the Raiders for the final game in the first quarter of the season. With a win they would finish 3-1, and 2-2 if they lose. Still in decent shape going into the second quarter of the season. In Q2 the Texans will face the Giants, Chiefs, Colts, and a bye week. Even though the Giants are struggling that’s still a tough game. The Chiefs have surprised everyone and actually look like a good team, and as we know the Colts are the Colts, enough said.
Quarter 3, they face the Chargers, Jaguars, Jets, and Titans. Jaguars are a done deal, I think they split the series with the Titans during the year. Now the Jets and Chargers propose a huge challenge. The Jets have a damn good defense and “The Island” should be back by then. The Chargers game will be a shoot out. Houston’s pass defense along with the Charger’s are very similar. Meaning, they are both terrible. So Matt Schaub versus Phillip Rivers at the OK Coral is definitely gonna happen.
The last quarter is where it gets really tough. Eagles, Ravens, Titans, Broncos, and Jaguars. Only no brainer on here is the Jaguars. The Ravens are always tough, you have the Eagles looking like a for sure playoff contender and division winner with Mike Vick playing out of his mind. Tennessee is a division game and that alone makes it tough, Denver even though they are up and down all the time, which team will we see ? The team that beat Seattle or the team that lost to Jacksonville. If Kyle Orton keeps throwing the ball around the way he has and the Texans haven’t corrected their passing defense, I think we know the answer to that.
So looking at it quarter by quarter, in my opinion this is how it might fold out. Q1 3-1, Q2 1-2, Q3 2-2, Q4 3-2. Which puts them at 9-7. That’s how I came up with it before the season started. As of now it stands to be that way. Of course things happen during the year, injuries, fluke plays, or teams just getting out played by others. Those same things can happen to the Texans as well. For instance,we don’t know if Andre is going to be healthy the rest of the year. What is Schaub gets hurt ? All are factors.
I have to be honest with you all and tell you to expect an up and down year. With this schedule that’s just the way it is. And before you start calling for the head of Kubiak or the players, the other guys they face get paid too. Expectations for this Texans team are very high, in saying that, what must be applied is the same principle we should use in life, managing those expectations.