Cardiac Kids Strike Again!!!!
First let me apologize for taking so long to get back to the Texans and their roller coaster season. Unfortunately during the holidays I work 10 – 14 hours a day and this year I was the person closing every day.
Ok, let’s get to our favorite teams progress. Let’s see, the last time I spoke the Texans were going into their bye week having just lost to Indy in a heartbreaker. Since then they have dropped 3 more games by 7 points or less and have won 3 more games.
The Texans went to Miami for a must win game against the ‘phins who also needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Unlike some games where the Texans come out flat and take a drive or two to come alive, this time they came out firing on at least 6 or 8 cylinders on the first possession.
The Texans scored on their first 5 trips to the red zone, running up a 27-3 half time score against a Miami team that appeared to be playing in a daze. Then came the second half. Miami came out and scored 20 unanswered points to try and come back on the Texans. Luckily for me, I was at work so nothing was broken/thrown and my stress level was not effected until the final two minutes of the game.
What does this mean for the Texans playoff hopes? With Jacksonville, Tenn., Denver and Baltimore all losing the Texans hopes are still alive but just barely. In order for the team to make the post season they must win next weekend at home against New England. That comes first. Without one more win they have no chance to make the playoffs. Without one more win they are still just a 8-8 team.
With one more win however, they are 9-7, they are a play off contender, they are a winning team. With one more win and some help (read loss by the Jets, Broncos and Ravens) they make the playoffs for the first time. I don’t see this (the playoffs) happening this year but I am hoping for a late Christmas gift and a win next weekend. I would be extremely happy if the Texans ended the season 9-7 and just miss the playoffs.
With a winning season the Texans would know, as a team, what it means to be winners and could build upon that for next year. The one thing that the team seems to be missing is the ability be defeat their divisional rivals. It is my opinion that until the Texans learn that winning feeling, and learn how to beat the likes of Indy, they will remain an average team.
So the Texans season comes down to one game. One last chance to excel, one last chance to show the league that they are contenders. Will they shine or will the light at the end of the tunnel move back again. We will find out in 6 days or so.| Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, NFL playoffs