An old foe has arrived on the Texans schedule. One they had not seen in a while: adversity.
All of a sudden, the once-mighty Texans seem vulnerable. Their offense is misfiring. Their mojo seems missing.
Sunday’s disturbing 23-6 loss to the Vikings has put the whole campaign in doubt. The Texans still have control of whether they get the top seed in the AFC but they’ve lost two of three, making the climb through the playoffs appear more difficult than ever. The table is still set for them but the margin for error is gone.
After going one for five in the red zone last week in the win over Indy, the Texans sputtered their way though an anemic offensive game in which they coughed up a fumble in the first half, came away empty after a turnover in Minnesota territory, were stonewalled in a first and goal situation at the one and amassed a measly 34 rushing yards.
This one was on the offense. Sure the defense gave up two touchdown drives, but they were forced back on the field way too quickly after numerous fruitless Texans possessions. Adrian Peterson had 86 yards on 3.4 yards per carry (translation: Texans should win). Christian Ponder turned out to be much more of a problem, throwing an early TD pass, running for 48 yards and helping his team go 50% on third down tries.
So much for the previously scheduled week-long debate about whether to rest players in the regular season finale. It’s ‘all hands on deck’ against the Colts in a virtual must win game on Sunday.
12-3 shouldn’t feel this bad. The Texans need to start playing their best football and fast. To lose the first round bye at this point would be a major blow. Last year’s team lost three straight before the post season but grabbing a bye, never mind the top seed, was far fetched considering the ‘Next Man Up’ situation. This team created a superb situation to grab the #1 spot. And they’ll need a win Sunday to make sure they don’t blow it.
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