Well, at least they went down fighting.
The Texans performance against the Eagles last Thursday night was, at the very least, admirable. Down 10 after the first half the Texans, took the lead heading into the fourth with the help of a fantastic interception by CB Jason Allen. Allen’s play, which included nine tackles, may have earned him a starting gig.
Still, QB Michael Vick and the Eagles offense once again proved to be too much as back to back touchdowns early in the fourth quarter would eventually seal the victory. The defense gave Matt Schaub and the Texans offense a few final shots that resulted in a turnover on downs and a punt.
The Texans will have one last breath of hope when they play the Ravens at home on Monday night. The contest will at the very least (hopefully) bring some excitement for Texans fans in prime-time, with the other team in Texas already out of contention.
The Texans now need a great deal of luck to have a chance to steal the division. One of the Jaguars next three games is against the Colts, two weeks before they face the Texans in the final game of the season. The Texans will likely need to win out while hoping for some help from the Raiders, who play both the Colts and Jaguars in the bottom quarter of their schedule.
The Texans have only won consecutive games once this year and that was to start off the season. Injuries have put a greater dent in the original team Houston fielded, and a win against an angry Baltimore team coming off a devastating loss against the Steelers seems less likely to result in victory than perhaps any game the Texans have had all year.
The Ravens are everything the Texans are not. Gritty, hard-hitting, consistent, and tough. Oh yeah, and they have a defense. The Texans will truly need it all to go their way on Monday in hopes of extending their season. Even if by some chance they can pull it off, winning three more games will no cakewalk, and even then they may not get in.
It seems like the Texans do just enough to break the hearts of their fans year after year. Although the defense has taken the rap game after game, the offense has not been consistent enough to balance out their shortcomings.
As an aside, props should be dealt to Mario Williams who has been playing through a sports hernia for weeks now. Commonly a multiple week injury, Williams has road out the hernia in hopes of keeping the Texans playoff hopes alive.
Regardless, the Texans will not come out of the season empty handed, on an individual basis anyway. RB Arian Foster currently ranks eighth in the NFL in Pro-Bowl votes, while WR Andre Johnson ranks first in votes in the AFC out of wide receivers. Foster leads the league in rush yards, yards from scrimmage, rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns, and is tied for the league lead with six 100-yard rushing games.
Johnson and Foster are the lights guiding the Texans into the future. Whether head coach Gary Kubiak will be a part of that future is likely a question to be addressed in the off-season. These last four games could also give some indication.
About the Author
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.