With several teams falling just short of the playoffs this year, it begs the question, what of these teams can find a way to secure the two or three extra wins necessary to take themselves into the playoffs.  This mid-range covers all 7-9 and 8-8 teams, as well as the 9-7’s that fell short of a wildcard berth. Chicago Bears The Bear narrowly avoided entrance to the first list by way of back to back wins to close out the year.  A preseason darling for a deep postseason run, Chicago lands itself as one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Why They Can: Defensive emotional leader Brian Urlacher was gone for the year.  With him back the team will have more fire and swagger.  Jay Cutler may be turnover prone, but he can air the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Well the 2009 NFL season has ended for our Houston Texans and still no playoff berth.  That is the bad news. The good news is that our favorite team has posted their FIRST winning record in their short 7 years in the league. So as we all prepare to watch Indy and everyone else play on into the post season it is time to look back at the Texans season and try to find the problems that remain with the team and what to fix for next year. With this in mind lets look at some stats from this year.  The offense lead the way this year (as usual) ranking #10 in the league overall.  While that may sound pretty good to you let's look deeper into that ranking. The Texans ranked #1 in passing yards per game, but #30 in rushing yards per game.  That needs to change if we want to make a [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Sunday, the Bills and Texans faced off in Buffalo which some thought would have been the start of a three-game winning streak for the Bills. Unfortunately, we were wrong as the Bills lost to the Texans 31-10. Coming into the game, the Bills offense was led by backup QB Ryan Fitzpartick due to the concussion to Trent Edwards in last week's game against the Panthers. The defense was led by S Jairus Byrd and his multiple interceptions in the last three games. Needless to say, one of these leaders did not disappoint. Let's unveil the bad first (drum roll please). Ryan Fitzpatrick was, how do I put this in somewhat nice terms... worthless. Fitzpartick went 15-of-23 for 117 yards and two interceptions. Trent Edwards could have put up these numbers with the concussion symptoms he's been [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
Wow!  Last week was a nail biting, hair pulling, gut checking and heart stressing win.  I started the game nervous, by half time I was feeling good, by the end of three I was nervous again and with two minutes left I was a screaming mess of nerves and high blood pressure.  Thank you Texans defense. Our Houston Texans ran up a 21 - 0 lead at half time while limiting the 49er offense to a whole 50 yards of total offense and then almost let it get away.  A few years ago, heck even last year, I would not have given them a chance even with this score but this year is different.  I thought they had this in the bag and was ready for a final score of say, umm I don't know, 35 - 3 or so.  Instead we got 24 - 21. The good news, our run defense showed up again, we had a pass rush ( for [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
The Texans' training camp opened last Thursday, with the rookies reporting, veterans reporting on Friday, and already the battles for spots on the roster have started. All of the starters from last year showed up, with the exception of Dunta Robinson, even though not all of them have long term contracts worked out yet.  TE Owen Daniels and LB DeMeco Ryans have both discussed their dissatisfaction with their contract status, but both are in camp and working hard to help the defense and offense improve. The injury bug has [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Or how to talk to Dunta! With training camp only days away and most of the Texans key pieces signed I thought we should look at Dunta Robinson and the contract situation.  By now everyone knows that Dunta is not happy with the franchise tag. While I agree that Dunta is a big part of our defense, especially the secondary, I do not agree that he is worth the top money for CB's that he and his agent seem to think he is worth.  Dunta showed that he is a better than average corner last year when he came back from a possibly career ending injury and played very well for the most part.  He brings a lot of attitude to the secondary and is the leader back there however he is not the shutdown corner that he thinks he is. Here are Dunta's career stats:  gms 68, total tackles 332, sacks [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
It's still a couple of weeks, more or less, until training camp starts, and the football news is slower than a snail.  Since there is really no news to talk of, other than a few things I will get into later,  I thought now would be a good time to update everyone on what the so called "experts", a.k.a. Talking Heads, have to say about our Texans and the upcoming season. I have perused all of the magazines and websites, that I could find or think of, with the exception of ESPN, and the considered opinion of all of the writers/editors, et. al., is that the Texans will take third place in the AFC South, again, and have their first winning season.  With one exception, one person (other than our own Andy) did have the Texans winning the AFC South, however, I can't remember who or where [...] Continue reading → | , ,
The fantasy football magazines are coming out and there are several Texans in the spotlight for fantasy football players to consider. For those of you who play fantasy sports let's run down who you should be looking at from the Texans this year. WR Andre Johnson:  Rated in the top 5 amongst wide receivers in the NFL, if you can get him do it but don't expect him to last into the second round of the draft. RB Steve Slayton:  Rated in the top 15 amongst running backs in the NFL, that being said I am in three leagues and Slayton has not lasted past the first round in any of them (no, I didn't get him except once).  With a healthy backup his carries will drop this year but I believe his actual value will increase. QB Matt [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
Now I am not a superstitious person by nature.  Friday the 13th is just another day, walking under a ladder is OK unless someone drops something on you, breaking a mirror does not bring seven years of bad luck and stepping on a crack does not break your mothers back. This being said I have to wonder about the Texans and Battle Red Day.  I have heard and read (as I am sure most of you have also) about athletes who wear the same clothes on game day or eat the same foods.  How about a team that is 7-2 in one uniform but is 40-72 total in 7 seasons. With a winning percentage of only 13.57% overall but 77.77% on Battle Red Day it makes you wonder why they don't wear those jerseys all of the time. With the two loses on Battle Red Day both occurred in 2005 when the Texans managed to win [...] Continue reading → | , ,
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