It’s difficult to say a team is out of contention when they are only one back in the division, but barring some overly-optimistic strides, the Houston Texans will not make the NFL playoffs.
What is more difficult is reciting the same things over and over regarding the ineptitude of this Texans team as a whole.
The Texans have the worst passing defense in the league by a long shot and are not capable and has allowed an average of 30 points per game in the last three games. Philip Rivers lit up the Texans for 295 yards and three touchdowns without a single starting receiver/tight end from their opening day lineup. Seyi Ajirotutu, a former member of the Chargers practice squad, exploited the Texans for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
A usually reliable Andre Johnson coughed up the Texans final chance for a go-ahead drive in the remaining minutes, allowing the ball to bounce off his knee and into the open arms of Chargers safety Paul Oliver.
Johnson commented in the play: “No matter what happened during the game before that play, we still had a chance to win that game,” Johnson said. “I thought I had it. My knee came up, the ball hit off my knee, and the guy picked it off.”
Johnson is one of the last people to blame for the Texans’ woes, but his misstep is just , a snippet of a much bigger picture.
Whatever ‘it’ is, the Texans simply don’t have it. Whether the defense is to blame, injuries, Matt Schaub’s inconsistencies, weakness on the offensive line, or coaching, the Texans always seem to figure out a way to fail. It has surely been hard on Texans fans watching so many pieces fall apart while one of their only previous missing pieces has come together.
Arian Foster leads all running backs in rushing yards/touchdowns, and is third amongst running backs in receiving yards. Having one of the best running backs and one of the best receivers in the league would seem to be a recipe for success, but the Texans are incomplete in so many other areas.
Matt Schaub is posting his worst completion percentage in five years(63.7), his worst yards per game average in three years(250.8), and his worst QB rating in three years (88.0). Shaub is not completely to blame, but there have clearly been some inconsistencies in his game. He has had problems holding on to the ball too long and is already only five sacks from topping his career high of 25. A significant percentage of these sacks can be contributed to the offensive line, but something has definitely been missing for Schaub. Not having usually reliable tight end Owen Daniels for the majority of the season certainly hasn’t helped.
The Texans schedule remains extremely rigorous, and there is no reason to think they will be able to defeat a much more disciplined and complete Titans team. A wild card bid is already less likely that winning the division, and looking up at Tennessee and Indianapolis is unfortunately something that the Texans will probably be doing for the rest of the season.
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Written by Zachary Stanley
By the end of the fall I will have obtained a Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. I have been blogging for quite some time and am greatly enjoying my various responsibilities in this field. I am currently a Feature Celtics Columnist and a Featured Sports Contributor for two different sites. I am also a couple weeks from opening up my new blog site, CelticsNotes.com.