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Texans_Chick
09-17-2007, 09:56 AM
Things that make you go hmmm:

Peter King has ranking of team's in the league. He has the Texans listed at #10 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/peter_king/09/16/mmqb/1.html).

10. Houston (2-0): Last team to beat Indianapolis? Houston, 27-24, last December. Next team to play Indianapolis? Houston, next Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

Great time to be a Texan fan, and for me to be the reigning Ultimate Texan Fan. Minor fun stat: Texans are 3-0 during my time as UTF. :cool:

gjmac2
09-17-2007, 10:11 AM
It's nice that the team is getting some national exposure, but I can't help but be a little cautious before drinking the Kool-Aid. Yesterday was a great win, but we still have a long way to go this season. We still need another receiver to step forward, and I am still worried about the secondary.

However, I don't want to be a complete wet blanket. It is nice to receive mentions from NBC, ESPN, FOX and CNNSI. I wonder if the Texans v. Colts will be the game of the week?

Second Honeymoon
09-17-2007, 10:12 AM
Things that make you go hmmm:

Peter King has ranking of team's in the league. He has the Texans listed at #10 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/peter_king/09/16/mmqb/1.html).



Great time to be a Texan fan, and for me to be the reigning Ultimate Texan Fan. Minor fun stat: Texans are 3-0 during my time as UTF. :cool:

always respected King and he was one of the few that was calling out Carr as a failure while everyone else was making excuses for the loser.

I think #10 may be a little high, but hey I aint complaining. If we can beat the Colts I say Top 5 :)

markn
09-17-2007, 10:14 AM
Things that make you go hmmm:

Peter King has ranking of team's in the league. He has the Texans listed at #10 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/peter_king/09/16/mmqb/1.html).


Later in the same article he gives Kubiak his coach of the week award:


Coach of the Week

Houston's Gary Kubiak. Before Sunday afternoon, the Texans had never been 2-0 and had never scored 34 points (their total at Carolina) in a game. Credit Matt Schaub for the life-preserver he's thrown this franchise, and credit Kubiak for having the gumption to trade two second-round picks for a mostly unproven quarterback and then jamming his offense down Schaub's throat in one short offseason. All Schaub's done is complete 72 percent of his throws and become the leader David Carr never was in Houston.

gtexan02
09-17-2007, 10:15 AM
Im loving it! Go Texans!

texaspride1977
09-17-2007, 10:25 AM
It's nice that the team is getting some national exposure, but I can't help but be a little cautious before drinking the Kool-Aid. Yesterday was a great win, but we still have a long way to go this season. We still need another receiver to step forward, and I am still worried about the secondary.

However, I don't want to be a complete wet blanket. It is nice to receive mentions from NBC, ESPN, FOX and CNNSI. I wonder if the Texans v. Colts will be the game of the week?

If the Texas are able to pull off the Colts game - I'll be doing my own funny dance :specnatz: :yahoo: :elmo: :pepper: :dance: :carrot

Texans_Chick
09-17-2007, 10:27 AM
It's nice that the team is getting some national exposure, but I can't help but be a little cautious before drinking the Kool-Aid. Yesterday was a great win, but we still have a long way to go this season. We still need another receiver to step forward, and I am still worried about the secondary.

However, I don't want to be a complete wet blanket. It is nice to receive mentions from NBC, ESPN, FOX and CNNSI. I wonder if the Texans v. Colts will be the game of the week?

Hey, all teams have strengths and weaknesses. No need to drink any Kool-Aid. You can be a fan, and support the team every way you can, and go for the ride. The Texans are a fun team to watch now. You have a sense of their direction. You can see what is possible.

Caution be damned. Nobody really knows what this team is capable of. Much better to know that your team has possibilities than to know that your team needs to luck into wins.

gtexan02
09-17-2007, 10:33 AM
Texans fans are a cautious group by nature.

We're like the mouse that narrowly avoided getting caught in the trap - - - whenever we see cheese now, we have those doubts... But hey, what do you expect after all the losing seasons? Every year I get super pumped for the year, and every year so far I've been let down a little.

But you know what? I say TC is right. This team is different, the players were right. Even if we slow down a bit, Im still excited about the future much more than I've ever been. We have the start of something great here, so throw caution to the win and put your heart out there.

Hervoyel
09-17-2007, 10:44 AM
I like seeing Kubiak as coach of the week. I think putting the Texans up near the top of Power Rankings is premature. So far this season (I so hate playing negative man during great times like these) we've beaten KC and Carolina. I think everybody is wise to the fact that KC is a weak team so far this year (and admittedly, we handled them as we should handle weak teams) and Carolina had beaten the Rams who I think we can all agree embody "overrated".

To my way of thinking we've thumped overrated opponents as a good team should and that's our target, to be a good team, a "quality" team. Now we play a great Colts team and we see if we can play with the big boys.

Of course I want to see the Texans win this game and I very much think they can win this game as long as they stay focused and do what they've been trained to do. If they lose the game but are in it all the way then I'm still happy with where we are in 2007. If they win it then all bets are off and I'm speechless.

Most everybody in the NFL can hang around .500 on any given year. A few games under or a few games over can be nothing more than a couple of plays difference. Teams that perpetually hover around 2-4 wins a year have leadership and coaching problems. Teams that stay between 10-14 wins on a regular basis have great minds and strong leadership (and sometimes great camera men filming the other sideline). I believe that it's much harder to climb past the 8-8 area than it is to get out of the basement. Watching a team learn to win can be the most frustrating thing in the world. Wouldn't it be amazing if that was what last year was all about? Isn't the idea that Gary Kubiak took the 2-14 Texans and built a team that can win in 2 years incredible? I haven't posted much since the Panthers game because I've been kind of speechless. The buzz is just wearing off now and I can't stop smiling. I look at the Texans and I have to acknowledge, we're pretty good.

Texans_Chick
09-17-2007, 10:47 AM
Texans fans are a cautious group by nature.

We're like the mouse that narrowly avoided getting caught in the trap - - - whenever we see cheese now, we have those doubts... But hey, what do you expect after all the losing seasons? Every year I get super pumped for the year, and every year so far I've been let down a little.

But you know what? I say TC is right. This team is different, the players were right. Even if we slow down a bit, Im still excited about the future much more than I've ever been. We have the start of something great here, so throw caution to the win and put your heart out there.


HA! Texans fans aren't cautious. We are damned fools in love. It is easy to just jump on a bandwagon. But easy doesn't feel as good.

It's the difference between hooking up and finding true love. You can be cautious. You can be emotionally uninvested. Or you can find a true emotional connection with someone and be committed in good times and in bad.

It's more fun to watch your team grow and improve and then feel the joy when they succeed. Bring all the people that want to join the bandwagon. But know that the people who have been committed since the beginning are the ones with the biggest smiles today. It's just the way it works.

Texans_Chick
09-17-2007, 11:02 AM
I like seeing Kubiak as coach of the week. I think putting the Texans up near the top of Power Rankings is premature. So far this season (I so hate playing negative man during great times like these) we've beaten KC and Carolina. I think everybody is wise to the fact that KC is a weak team so far this year (and admittedly, we handled them as we should handle weak teams) and Carolina had beaten the Rams who I think we can all agree embody "overrated".



As for the Carolina win, the things I'm more impressed with is not beating that particular team, but the way they beat them.

Having some bad breaks early on. And dealing.

To play with composure on the road even when stuff was hitting the fan.

Knowing that if they can face the Cowboy, Chicago and Panther's defensive lines and not get roughed up, they can face just about any line in the league. That Schaub, like all quarterbacks is going to have normal ups and downs, but he looks like an NFL starting quarterback.

We can talk about poor teams/good teams, but the way the Texans have won the last two games, with good performances on offense, defense and special teams shows so much promise.

That you can see the effects of coaching, even if the Texans don't have all their pieces and parts in place. That they have a direction.

The Texans' philosophy, the philosophy they have been mocked for, is that they are a team. A team that doesn't depend on one player for their success. They've been called a boring no-star team. They've been ridiculed for not taking flashy college players and then tailoring their offense around them.

If Andre Johnson's MRI comes back funky today, that philosophy of not depending on any one player to win is going to be tested like no other. Is it talk, or is it real? Hope not to know the answer to that one.

One game at a time. Just one game at a time. Hope to enjoy each one of them.

gtexan02
09-17-2007, 11:05 AM
HA! Texans fans aren't cautious. We are damned fools in love. It is easy to just jump on a bandwagon. But easy doesn't feel as good.

It's the difference between hooking up and finding true love. You can be cautious. You can be emotionally uninvested. Or you can find a true emotional connection with someone and be committed in good times and in bad.

It's more fun to watch your team grow and improve and then feel the joy when they succeed. Bring all the people that want to join the bandwagon. But know that the people who have been committed since the beginning are the ones with the biggest smiles today. It's just the way it works.

I see it totally different. We love the team, but are so afraid of what it could mean if they are actually good.

Look at all the topics - People want to believe, they really do, but there is so much hesitancy.

Blu
09-17-2007, 11:11 AM
damn it feels good to be a Texan!
:texflag: :cowboy1: :fans:

gjmac2
09-17-2007, 11:14 AM
Hey, all teams have strengths and weaknesses. No need to drink any Kool-Aid. You can be a fan, and support the team every way you can, and go for the ride. The Texans are a fun team to watch now. You have a sense of their direction. You can see what is possible.

Caution be damned. Nobody really knows what this team is capable of. Much better to know that your team has possibilities than to know that your team needs to luck into wins.

Some of the fans can take the "Caution be damned" approach, and that's fine. Me? Well, I'm cautiously optimistic by nature, so all I'm saying is I'm not ready to jump in head first just yet. As a fan, suffering through 4+ years of a sub-standard NFL product, I think it's smart to take a "wait and see" approach. We still have 14 games to go.

Kaiser Toro
09-17-2007, 11:15 AM
I see it totally different. We love the team, but are so afraid of what it could mean if they are actually good.

Look at all the topics - People want to believe, they really do, but there is so much hesitancy.

Hesitancy or the propensity to worry about everything?

Wake up and smell the pigskin. At no time in Texans's history are we churning along on all cylinders and getting the results along the way. Enjoy the present and be prepared for the future - we will encounter injuries, we will get beat and we will win again. How each fan deals with that reality, based on the context of their former experiences is unique, but having a choice to recognize quality that gets better snap over snap rather than being a continued naysayer with an agenda is a nice wrinkle to embrace over the past years.

powerfuldragon
09-17-2007, 11:16 AM
Things that make you go hmmm:

Peter King has ranking of team's in the league. He has the Texans listed at #10 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/peter_king/09/16/mmqb/1.html).



Great time to be a Texan fan, and for me to be the reigning Ultimate Texan Fan. Minor fun stat: Texans are 3-0 during my time as UTF. :cool:

holy ****

gtexan02
09-17-2007, 11:25 AM
Hesitancy or the propensity to worry about everything?

Wake up and smell the pigskin. At no time in Texans's history are we churning along on all cylinders and getting the results along the way. Enjoy the present and be prepared for the future - we will encounter injuries, we will get beat and we will win again. How each fan deals with that reality, based on the context of their former experiences is unique, but having a choice to recognize quality that gets better snap over snap rather than being a continued naysayer with an agenda is a nice wrinkle to embrace over the past years.

I guess thats really the main difference. Every year its easy to get yourself "convinced" that the team is improved, but this is the first year I've really, really believed it. The players sensed it early on, and have been trying to tell the fanbase for weeks. Fans to Texans - Message received!

Texans Horror
09-17-2007, 11:37 AM
This is a great week for the Texans. They have finally done something that I have wanted them to do for years now: not play a team to their expected reputation. The Bills blew them out of the water two years ago when the Bills were supposed to be play-off bound. The Bills then went 5-11. Then last year the Texans made the Redskins look like all the hype they had leading into that game. Again, the Skins barely managed a 5-11 record. The Texans did better and against better teams (6-10). So this year, when in week 2 a lot of people were saying that Carolina could be play-off bound and that they had one of the best front 7 in the league, the Texans still skinned their hides. That is a huge difference over the past two years, and I credit the coaches and staff, but I also credit the win over Indy last year. I think it was a turning point when the Texans realized they could beat anybody in the league.

:texflag:

Buffi2
09-17-2007, 11:59 AM
The more confidence one has - the better they become. This game was huge on any number of levels - but the boost in confidence is priceless.

This team learned yesterday that they can come from behind in hostile territory and score not just enough points to win - but enough points to win decisively and unanswered points at that. It doesn't matter right now if the Panthers end up with only 2 wins this season or make it to the playoffs. The perception was that they were a playoff caliber team and that is the perception the Texans beat. That is what has the fans smiling and the team walking a little taller.

I don't know if we will beat Indy - but I think we can and I think the team thinks we can even if we start out behind. That is worth a touchdown or two right there.

I would like to keep the Texans as the best kept little secret in the NFL for one more week (sssshhhh) - let the pundits dismiss us out of hand. The Colts will never know what hit them - just like the Panthers.

I'm buying throat lozenges cuz I know I'll need them Sunday - in bulk.

Vinny
09-17-2007, 12:11 PM
Every now and then there is one team that steps out of nowhere (seemingly) and captures the imagination of the NFL pundits and fans. This is starting to look like our Cinderella season. This team is going to be one of the big storylines for the 2007 season if we can keep this up....I guarantee you that the entire league is going to have an eye on the Colts v Texans this weekend.

powerfuldragon
09-17-2007, 12:12 PM
Every now and then there is one team that steps out of nowhere (seemingly) and captures the imagination of the NFL pundits and fans. This is starting to look like our Cinderella season. This team is going to be one of the big storylines for the 2007 season if we can keep this up....I guarantee you that the entire league is going to have an eye on the Colts v Texans this weekend.

if we beat the colts, get ready for some bandwagoners.

HOU-TEX
09-17-2007, 12:16 PM
if we beat the colts, get ready for some bandwagoners.

They've already started jumping in the wagon. I heard a couple this morning on 610 admitting to be jumping on.

Oh well, I reckon it happens to any team that's winning. In any sport.:shades:

Vinny
09-17-2007, 12:23 PM
haha, nice. but titans at 8? c'mon...The Titans are good....it's fun to smack them but let's be honest...the AFC South has not lost a game outside the division so far...it's early, but we have a tough division.

GlassHalfFull
09-17-2007, 12:25 PM
The little devil voice in me keeps thinking about how the Falcons fans must feel now about the Schaub trade. I was up in the middle of the night and tried to visit their message board, but it was down. Wonder if that was a coincidence.

The other side of the coin is that Schaub must say a little prayer of gratitude for the trade before going to bed each night. He is probably too classy to dis his old team (unlike some other QB's I can think off) in public, but he has to be grateful to be out of the mess in Atlanta.

mancunian
09-17-2007, 12:30 PM
If the Texas are able to pull off the Colts game - I'll be doing my own funny dance :elmo: :pepper: :dance: :carrot

if we did that I think we'd pushing the top 10 in all the major power rankings.

And though its nice to have some recognition I just want my team to win.:fans:

Second Honeymoon
09-17-2007, 12:30 PM
Every now and then there is one team that steps out of nowhere (seemingly) and captures the imagination of the NFL pundits and fans. This is starting to look like our Cinderella season. This team is going to be one of the big storylines for the 2007 season if we can keep this up....I guarantee you that the entire league is going to have an eye on the Colts v Texans this weekend.


maybe we weren't 'haters' after all :)

methinks we have finally shaken the expansion team tag...

Ole Miss Texan
09-17-2007, 12:31 PM
The Titans are good....it's fun to smack them but let's be honest...the AFC South has not lost a game outside the division so far...it's early, but we have a tough division.

That's right, collectively the AFC South is 4-0 against outside competition. The Texans make up 2 of those wins. :d:

Leahmic223
09-17-2007, 01:21 PM
Every now and then there is one team that steps out of nowhere (seemingly) and captures the imagination of the NFL pundits and fans. This is starting to look like our Cinderella season. This team is going to be one of the big storylines for the 2007 season if we can keep this up....I guarantee you that the entire league is going to have an eye on the Colts v Texans this weekend.


Usually its about every year that a team steps up from out of nowhere...its really never out of nowhere, we lost a few close games last year. The two close Titan games you know and a few others I really can't remember. But the fans I think can always feel "I think we may compete this year."

A lot of guys have the Lions as their suprise team this year...look who we beat though and how we beat them. The Lions beat the Raiders and Vikings, we beat the Panthers and Colts...

You know how we eat these guys ( I know Vinny knows) we just took their strength and destroyed it. LJ was a threat...okay shut him down we did that. The Panthers had a fierce defense, the front 7 and the Dline were about as good as it gets in the NFL...okay the Oline just bullied them all day long...on the road...and ONE false start(in garbage time)

Its not who we beat but how we beat them, we dominated the Panthers and Chiefs.

I can say with confidence we will finish 2nd in the AFC South.

Colts- Alright they are a challenge.

Titans- Lets be honest here, Carr single handedly lost one of those games for us and VY made a great play the other.

Jags- Thes guys are going to go into rebuilding phase real soon. While they did win, a lot of peope are disappointed at HOW they won. The Falcons still had a chance to win that game, and the fans said it was a ugly game and I think people are ready to get rid of JDR. Defense as a lot of talent though.

I think we may have the best Special Teams unit in the NFL though. Forcing fumbles and sooner or later Mathis will get his and so will Jacoby. Also Turk is awesome.

sakebomb
09-17-2007, 01:26 PM
I'm loving me some Peter King. :heart:

ATRAIN
09-17-2007, 01:26 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/peter_king/09/16/mmqb/1.html

I like what he says about us

Dallas_Texan
09-17-2007, 02:34 PM
To me it's not about Week 3. The Colts will more than likely destroy our secondary. (At first yesterday I yelled at the TV for calling him FAGins, but shortly after I no longer cared!) Hopefully our Offense will make some great plays and stay within 14 points of the Colts.

Either way, it's all about Week 4 vs Atlanta and Week 5 vs Miami. What's going to keep the media talking is if we keep beating the teams that we're Supposed to beat. A loss to the Colts will not derail our team, but losing to one of the next two will. By week 6 Demps and Boulware should be contributing starters, and I think we will improve then even more. The Texans are primed for a great season, I think our next test will be to show how we overcome a loss (although I pray we win).

I just keep getting more and more excited, and I think it's with good reason. Imagine our team next year with a quality veteran CB in the offseason, and a first round RB, and a third round center! :whip: :whip:

The Pencil Neck
09-17-2007, 02:50 PM
I just keep getting more and more excited, and I think it's with good reason. Imagine our team next year with a quality veteran CB in the offseason, and a first round RB, and a third round center! :whip: :whip:

Think about next year with Studdard, White, Brisiel, Jackson, Butler, and Frye all hopefully pressing for playing time on the line.

markn
09-17-2007, 03:07 PM
Either way, it's all about Week 4 vs Atlanta and Week 5 vs Miami. What's going to keep the media talking is if we keep beating the teams that we're Supposed to beat. A loss to the Colts will not derail our team, but losing to one of the next two will. By week 6 Demps and Boulware should be contributing starters, and I think we will improve then even more. The Texans are primed for a great season, I think our next test will be to show how we overcome a loss (although I pray we win).

I just keep getting more and more excited, and I think it's with good reason. Imagine our team next year with a quality veteran CB in the offseason, and a first round RB, and a third round center! :whip: :whip:

Great post.

We're not supposed to beat the Colts and if we don't there's no need to get too down. If they lose, I think this Texans team will dust itself down and move on to the next game. We can easily be 4-1 and I think everyone would have taken that before the season started.

That said, if we can avoid Manning taking advantage of our secondary, then we're in with a real chance of upsetting the Colts. It must all start with the D, pressure on Manning is the key to this game, and from what the front 7 have shown so far, there's every chance that we could be in his face. The Colts won't take us lightly though - especially after what happened in December.

barberman
09-17-2007, 04:26 PM
Five years of suffering along with our team is well worth it now as the Texans suddenly are now the "media darlings" Trey Wingo just said how dominate our "O and Defensive lines were", almost choked on my Dr. Pepper on that one, even Rock Hoover, was talking about how good the Texans were. 2 weeks ago we were dirt. These so called "experts" really get on my nerves.

GuerillaBlack
09-17-2007, 04:42 PM
It's nice that the team is getting some national exposure, but I can't help but be a little cautious before drinking the Kool-Aid. Yesterday was a great win, but we still have a long way to go this season. We still need another receiver to step forward, and I am still worried about the secondary.

However, I don't want to be a complete wet blanket. It is nice to receive mentions from NBC, ESPN, FOX and CNNSI. I wonder if the Texans v. Colts will be the game of the week?

I don't think they can switch that to primetime, but I am willing to be that this upcoming game will be viewed in more places that don't get us...like Dallas-Fort Worth.

michaelm
09-17-2007, 06:24 PM
HA! Texans fans aren't cautious. We are damned fools in love. It is easy to just jump on a bandwagon. But easy doesn't feel as good.

It's the difference between hooking up and finding true love. You can be cautious. You can be emotionally uninvested. Or you can find a true emotional connection with someone and be committed in good times and in bad.

It's more fun to watch your team grow and improve and then feel the joy when they succeed. Bring all the people that want to join the bandwagon. But know that the people who have been committed since the beginning are the ones with the biggest smiles today. It's just the way it works.

This is exactly what I say to my friends...
I like the way you think, lady... :heart:

TD
09-17-2007, 06:39 PM
They've already started jumping in the wagon. I heard a couple this morning on 610 admitting to be jumping on.

I'm finally ready to jump on the Schaub bandwagon. (hopefully there's still room) He really showed me something this week.

BigBull17
09-17-2007, 10:30 PM
I dont think we should be 10. Dont get me wrong, we destroyed them, but 10 is kinda high. How about 3 AFC South teams in the top 10. Pretty freakin nice.

Hervoyel
09-18-2007, 10:51 AM
Well, it's clearly begun. FOX Sports has us at 12 now on their power rankings. We'll see what the rest of them (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, etc) come up with but I think we may very well be officially "overrated" by the end of the week.

I wish they had stayed negative on the Texans for one more week at least.

bigbrewster2000
09-18-2007, 11:45 AM
Well, it's clearly begun. FOX Sports has us at 12 now on their power rankings. We'll see what the rest of them (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, etc) come up with but I think we may very well be officially "overrated" by the end of the week.

I wish they had stayed negative on the Texans for one more week at least.

link

Hervoyel
09-18-2007, 11:54 AM
Link: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/powerRankings

TexanExile
09-18-2007, 12:00 PM
I wish they had stayed negative on the Texans for one more week at least.

Ditto. This is the problem with bandwagons, whether fan or media: last in, first out. If Indy comes in and smacks the Texans down hard, the previous 2 weeks will not matter...they'll use lines like "coming back down to earth" and "put back in place" to describe the turn of events.

Now, should Houston win, the hype will reach ridiculous proportions for Week 3. (I already think it's starting to get a little overboard, but it's fun to finally enjoy it, so...why not?) We're only 1/8 through the season, so let's not let hope become hype.

gtexan02
09-18-2007, 12:37 PM
ESPN has us at 11 now.

WELL above the Aints and the Tacks!

tedr
09-18-2007, 01:33 PM
CBS Sportsline has the Texans at 10 this week.

Prisco does qualify it though- he basically said they (along with several other teams) are in the top 10 because of their record, not because he think's there among the 10 best teams.

Should be very interesting on Sunday.

euro-Texan
09-18-2007, 01:39 PM
ESPN has us at 11 now.

WELL above the Aints and the Tacks!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?season=2007&week=3

Dread-Head
09-18-2007, 01:42 PM
HA! Texans fans aren't cautious. We are damned fools in love. It is easy to just jump on a bandwagon. But easy doesn't feel as good.

It's the difference between hooking up and finding true love. You can be cautious. You can be emotionally uninvested. Or you can find a true emotional connection with someone and be committed in good times and in bad.

It's more fun to watch your team grow and improve and then feel the joy when they succeed. Bring all the people that want to join the bandwagon. But know that the people who have been committed since the beginning are the ones with the biggest smiles today. It's just the way it works.



Hey the people here from what I'VE seen are the REAL die hard fans. I say that when the bandwagon fans appear in bulk (and they're about to) we make em sit in the back. :texflag:

Texanfan4ever
09-18-2007, 01:55 PM
So how do ya'll think we will be if Andre doesn't play? I truly believe if Andre was in, we could beat the colts. Without Andre, I'm not sure. Not that Andre is our only great player for sure, but he is what he is, and he and Schaub have connected.

On the other side of that, after 5 long years and now they have turned it around, I bet Andre is fit to be tied that he is hurt.

Dread-Head
09-18-2007, 02:03 PM
They'll be fine. Andre hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game...yet but even if he doesn't play the Texans defense can handle those guys. If Dunta can handle Terrell Owens, he can handle Marvin Harrison. He's done it before...He'll do it again.

Texanfan4ever
09-18-2007, 02:04 PM
They'll be fine. Andre hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game...yet but even if he doesn't play the Texans defense can handle those guys. If Dunta can handle Terrell Owens, he can handle Marvin Harrison. He's done it before...He'll do it again.


Right On!!! I believe! Dunta is on fire.

The Pencil Neck
09-18-2007, 02:23 PM
So how do ya'll think we will be if Andre doesn't play? I truly believe if Andre was in, we could beat the colts. Without Andre, I'm not sure. Not that Andre is our only great player for sure, but he is what he is, and he and Schaub have connected.

On the other side of that, after 5 long years and now they have turned it around, I bet Andre is fit to be tied that he is hurt.

We didn't beat the Colts last year because of AJ. We beat them because we kept Peyton off the field with a ball control offense, made a couple of stops on D, and got a turnover.

We're a better team this year but so are they. It's going to be tough but we can win this game the same way we won it the last time.

Ahman Green and Ron Dayne are the keys to this game. In the passing attack, we'll be fine with Schaub getting the ball to OD and KW. If JJ can step up and get the big plays in AJ's absence, so much the better.

b0ng
09-18-2007, 03:07 PM
Pete Prisco shows up top 10 love in this pro click zone here (http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/powerrankings).

10 Texans Trends 18
Can you believe they're 2-0? Matt Schaub is proving that he was ready to be a starter. If they beat the Colts this week, then there will be real believers.

So we have that there. I guess it's Colts time now.

utahmark
09-18-2007, 03:19 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d802783aa&template=with-video&confirm=true

thunderkyss
09-18-2007, 03:20 PM
I think #10 may be a little high, but hey I aint complaining. If we can beat the Colts I say Top 5 :)

I'm having a hard time naming 9 teams that have played better than we have this season.

I know it's just two weeks, but it's the same two weeks for all 32 teams.

We didn't just win our last two games.

We Dominated our last two opponents.

The Colts have played the Saints & Tennessee.

The Patriots have played Jets & San Diego.

San Diego has played the Bears & the Pats.

All things considering, we look as good as those teams.

In my mind, we don't look like the Houston Texans, we look like the Denver Broncos.

Not the dud Broncos of '06/'07, but the perennial play-off teams Gary Kubiak was a big part of.

Now it may be a little early to say that, but as far as power rankings after the first two weeks.... we're easily a top ten team.

powerfuldragon
09-18-2007, 03:21 PM
imagine what we'll see if we beat the colts.

powerfuldragon
09-18-2007, 03:24 PM
vic carucci at nfl.com has us at 6...

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d802783aa&template=with-video&confirm=true
6. Houston (2-0; unranked): What a difference a quarterback makes.

The Pencil Neck
09-18-2007, 03:27 PM
The Outsider's Team Efficiency stats are up:

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/teameff.php

We are ranked 6th in Offensive Efficiency, 8th in Defensive Efficiency, and 4th in Special Teams Efficiency.

Overall, we're ranked 4th behind the Patriots, Steelers, and Cowboys.

I'm still waiting for the Cold Hard Facts statistical breakdowns to update.

alphajoker
09-18-2007, 03:28 PM
Wow! :respect:

The Pencil Neck
09-18-2007, 03:29 PM
vic carucci at nfl.com has us at 6...


Wow. Vic? Did you like the koolaid I sent ya?

:fans:

TooManyWeapons
09-18-2007, 03:37 PM
Wow... the hypemachine is now in full gear.

Don't get me wrong - you guys deserve some accolades for sure - but I swear these columnists are egging each other on with this stuff.

The Texans have gone up 7 spots in the last four hours. How is that not rediculous? Was there a mysterious Tuesday afternoon game where you beat the Chargers and Dallas at the same time and I missed it?

The Pencil Neck
09-18-2007, 03:41 PM
People are starting to get a bit silly.

We're the only ones that are supposed to be going overboard with the euphoria of how good our team has looked so far. Last week after beating the Chiefs, we were still in the 20's in a lot of power rankings.

Granted, a lot of people were starting to get onto the Panthers bandwagon. A lot of people had picked the Rams as playoff contenders and then had shifted that title over to the Panthers when they beat the Rams, but this is crazy. I thought it was crazy when I saw the Panthers ranked 5th in one power ranking. But us? Us?

Bizarre.

Pantherstang84
09-18-2007, 03:43 PM
Oops.

Exithios
09-18-2007, 03:44 PM
Wow... the hypemachine is now in full gear.

Don't get me wrong - you guys deserve some accolades for sure - but I swear these columnists are egging each other on with this stuff.

The Texans have gone up 7 spots in the last four hours. How is that not rediculous? Was there a mysterious Tuesday afternoon game where you beat the Chargers and Dallas at the same time and I missed it?

Albeit I am a Texans homer, I agree with you. It wasn't 2 weeks ago that the Reggie Bush petters were stroking away like Ron Jeremy in a solo skit, and now we are recognized as being one of the top 10 in the power rankings?

The media recognition is nice for a change, but a touch of reality has never killed anyone.

My $0.02

Ole Miss Texan
09-18-2007, 03:46 PM
They just doing this so if we actually make a push for the playoffs, or even make them, they will say they knew we could do it....that's all it is. But as a texan fan its nice to hear some good things being said about us!

As for Terrill Davis...hah! He said he's not surprised by the Texans being 2-0 at all...yadda yadda yadda. What a joke. Forgive me if I'm wrong but I never heard him say anything about the Texans or hint at we could be good. I havn't watched him much so those that have...has he said anything before?

And the Detroit Lions. They are much improved but I would take a victory of Kansas City and Carolina over Oakland and Minnesota every day of the week. Both are improved teams but oakland had the #1 overall and Minny had #7!! However, Min and Det are both in the NFC North right? thats good for them ; )

Texanfan4ever
09-18-2007, 03:46 PM
We didn't beat the Colts last year because of AJ. We beat them because we kept Peyton off the field with a ball control offense, made a couple of stops on D, and got a turnover.

We're a better team this year but so are they. It's going to be tough but we can win this game the same way we won it the last time.

Ahman Green and Ron Dayne are the keys to this game. In the passing attack, we'll be fine with Schaub getting the ball to OD and KW. If JJ can step up and get the big plays in AJ's absence, so much the better.

You are right. We kept Peyton off the field, and just used up the clock. And actually AJ wasn't even that big of a factor cuz David couldn't even get the ball to him except for short tosses.

It's going so well, just a little gun shy I suppose. Don't want anything to go wrong.

TooManyWeapons
09-18-2007, 03:47 PM
Ok I see your game now.

1. Register on the opponents board.
2. Take swipes at the posters, the team and any hype about the opposing team.
3. When someone comments back, you play the victim.

I'm sorry was this post premature too?

Are you going to play disect the post here too?

You have absolutely no idea what I'm about.

If you don't think ranking the Texans at #6 in the power ranking after two games against the Panthers and the Chiefs is jumping the gun like it's a 10' backyard trampoline then you are the biggest homer since the guy who wrote The Odyssey.

thunderkyss
09-18-2007, 04:16 PM
Granted, a lot of people were starting to get onto the Panthers bandwagon.

Bizarre.

Have you been to the Pantherfans board??

I was lurking there all week, didn't post. But they were so high on their team after beating the Rams, they were planning play-off trips and everything.


Then we dominated them in every aspect of the game, and they started cussing every aspect of their team. From Owner to towel boy.

pretty sad.

They're going to put a beat down on Atlanta this week, & start thinking Superbowl again.

Can't imagine what they'll do if they lose to Joey Harrington(& my boy Joe Horn).

thunderkyss
09-18-2007, 04:24 PM
Wow... the hypemachine is now in full gear.

Don't get me wrong - you guys deserve some accolades for sure - but I swear these columnists are egging each other on with this stuff.

The Texans have gone up 7 spots in the last four hours. How is that not rediculous? Was there a mysterious Tuesday afternoon game where you beat the Chargers and Dallas at the same time and I missed it?

Learn how to read...

The Outsider's Team Efficiency stats are up:

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/teameff.php

We are ranked 6th in Offensive Efficiency, 8th in Defensive Efficiency, and 4th in Special Teams Efficiency.

Overall, we're ranked 4th behind the Patriots, Steelers, and Cowboys.

I'm still waiting for the Cold Hard Facts statistical breakdowns to update.


This post has nothing to do with the Power Rankings by the various Sports Pundits.

It's based on stats from the past two weeks.

Another thing.

If Sports Illustrated ranks us 11th, in Power Ranking, & Fox Sports has us as 9th, we didn't jump 2 spots. Those are totally independant rankings. We're still 11th on SI, and 9th on Fox.

TooManyWeapons
09-18-2007, 04:33 PM
Learn how to read...




This post has nothing to do with the Power Rankings by the various Sports Pundits.

It's based on stats from the past two weeks.

Another thing.

If Sports Illustrated ranks us 11th, in Power Ranking, & Fox Sports has us as 9th, we didn't jump 2 spots. Those are totally independant rankings. We're still 11th on SI, and 9th on Fox.

Don't attempt to school me.

I'm aware that they were separate and independent rankings - I was merely referring to the order in which they were posted. My point has a whole lot more to do with the inordinate amount of hype that is building momentum in the media circles as we speak. It's more than a little silly and you've got to be aware of this yourself.

Thorn
09-18-2007, 04:39 PM
I'm exicited as hell about our 2-0 start, considering I thought we would start the season 1-2 before going to Atlanta. And I'm glad folks think so highly of us. But ratings don't mean nothing, only wins and loses.

However, if we DO beat Indy (which I doubt will happen) I'll start believing these ratings. I think we should all wait and see what happens with Indy this weekend before we start buying our Super Bowl sweaters and beer mugs.

Personally, I take everything from a close loss on up. The only thing I'll get upset at this weekend won't be a loss, it'll be if Indy just kicks our ass in the dirt and we look like crap. But between you and me, I don't think that will happen. This is obviously a different Texan team than we are used to.

thunderkyss
09-18-2007, 06:21 PM
Don't attempt to school me.

I'm aware that they were separate and independent rankings - I was merely referring to the order in which they were posted. My point has a whole lot more to do with the inordinate amount of hype that is building momentum in the media circles as we speak. It's more than a little silly and you've got to be aware of this yourself.

Not at all. I'm upset really.

I can't think of 9 teams that have looked as good as we have this year. We're what +6 in turnovers, We're +30 in scoring. We are top 10 total defense, top 10 in scoring... what am I missing here??

It's early in the season, and I know it doesn't mean alot, still got 14 games to go and all.

But in the last two weeks, can you think of 9 teams that have played better than we have in 2 of the three phases of the game?? Special teams, defense, Offense??

I can't.

You can call it hype, but we're playing good football right now, and people are recognizing that.

Lucky
09-18-2007, 06:34 PM
If you don't think ranking the Texans at #6 in the power ranking after two games against the Panthers and the Chiefs is jumping the gun...
Power rankings? We don't need no stinking power rankings!

AnthonyE
09-18-2007, 08:06 PM
This is the first time we're top 20, isn't it?

The Pencil Neck
09-18-2007, 08:12 PM
This is the first time we're top 20, isn't it?

CNN/SI had us 19 after beating the Chefs last week.

AnthonyE
09-18-2007, 08:13 PM
CNN/SI had us 19 after beating the Chefs last week.

Oh, ha. Well, you got me there then.

utahmark
09-18-2007, 08:17 PM
just saw us at number 5. cant find it again it some guy who only does a top 5. i thought it was at msnbc but cant find it.

tedr
09-19-2007, 01:14 PM
Dr. Z has us at 11 this week on CNNSI.

Can't figure out why we're still below the Titans though.

New_Texans
09-19-2007, 01:17 PM
...its kinda wierd...we have the potential to be 4 - 0.



>.> 4 and Oh people.


WHAT THE HECK!

Its fun watching this young team develop and win :D

The Pencil Neck
09-19-2007, 08:53 PM
http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Article.php?Page=1651

The Cold Hard Facts big play index is out. (I didn't see it yesterday. I think I was going to the wrong page to start off with.)

Anyway, after 2 weeks, we're tied with Pittsburgh in Big Play Differential.

We're looking pretty good on most of their statistical indices. Dayne's ypc is killing us in the Offensive Hog index.

ATXtexanfan
09-19-2007, 10:28 PM
Dr. Z has us at 11 this week on CNNSI.

Can't figure out why we're still below the Titans though.

dr z is an *****, didn't he have the titans at 4 last week, does he work for si or keye

MEGA SWATT
09-20-2007, 12:52 AM
I just wish AJ were healthy and playing this sunday against the colts.

imagine if we still win:whip:

Texanfan4ever
09-20-2007, 01:02 AM
There won't be an empty seat in the house at the next game if we do. I think about it, but I really don't want to, I don't want to jinx it. Have we been dreaming???? No, this is a competitive team and this is reality.

Is it Sunday yet!!!!!

Battle Red Flash
09-21-2007, 04:40 PM
10th? Very nice.

After we beat the Colts? Who knows!

We have the best defense the Colts have seen this year so far, that's for sure.

Runner
09-21-2007, 06:24 PM
If the Spurs aren't a dynasty in the NBA, I don't think the word should be used in the same sentence as the Texans just yet.


Darn! I just used those words in one sentence.