By Brien O’Donal
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The first 8 games of the Texans’ season are gone and 8 remain. They currently sit at a disappointing 3-5 and are tied in wins at the bottom of their division with the Colts, who just defeated them last week. It’s a grim outlook for the home town team. Too many injuries have made this team a shell of itself and wins from here on out will be counted as a blessing. Let’s review the last four games and preview the next four.
The Texans took on the undefeated Chiefs at home in prime time on October 8th and after their big win the week before were unable to duplicate their success. They fell behind and stayed on the way to a 42-34 loss that wasn’t as close as the score. The defense couldn’t stop Alex Smith and the Chiefs’ high powered offense and the Texans just couldn’t get on track. It wasn’t a huge setback because they faced a winnable game at home the following week.
The Browns looked like the Browns on October 15th and the Texans took care of business to get their record back to 3-3. There isn’t much to say about this one because the Texans, who should have won, did and the NFL rolled on. It was nice to see them clicking on offense because they needed it in two weeks against the Seahawks.
After their bye week the Texans travelled to Seattle on October 29th to face a tough Seahawks defense. They looked anything but against Deshaun Watson as he torched them for 402 yards through the air, 67 on the ground and 4 touchdowns. It wasn’t enough as Russell Wilson was able to get the final touchdown and give the Seahawks a 41-38 win and a give the Texans a 3-4 record.
Three days before they were scheduled to get back to an even record on the season the worst thing happened. Deshaun Watson was running a non-contact drill in practice and went down with a torn ACL. His season was done and Tom Savage stepped in to face the Colts on November 5th. If Watson were there it could have been an easy win, but with Savage the Texans were not able to pull it out and in disappointing fashion fell to 3-5 where they currently sit heading into week 10.
In the next 4 games the Texans will face the Rams in L.A., then come home for a game against the Cardinals, followed by two road games against the Ravens and Titans. I’d like to sit here and tell you the dynamic Texans offense could compete with Jared Goff and the Rams. I’d like to tell you they should beat the Cardinals then compete with the Titans and overpower the Ravens. I can’t. There is not much hope for this offense and without that help the defense will be exposed. The only winnable game I see in the next four will be at home against the Cardinals who–like the Texans–don’t have a quarterback. They will be lucky to go into the last 4 games of the season with a 4-8 record, but it wouldn’t shock me if they were 3-9 and on a 6 game losing streak.
If the Texans can find someone decent to play quarterback their fortunes may change, but as it sits now, that’s not likely. Leadership seems to be content with Tom Savage chucking the rock and with it their hopes of a respectable season. I don’t look forward to watching these games. But for you, I will.