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GuerillaBlack
04-15-2008, 09:21 PM
There are so many predictions in the Schedule thread, so lets just put this one up. My predictions:

1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. L - In Pittsburgh, and is their home opener. Don't like our chances.

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m. W - A Ravens team with a new coach, shaky QB, and the only team to give Miami a win last season.

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - The hell with Vince Young.

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. W - We own them. No reason to lose to them this game, as long as we are healthy.

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. W - This is finally a win. AJ and company stay healthy.

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. W - The Dolphins? We better not lose this one is what I say.

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. W - Detroit still searching for an identity. These guys are pretenders and our D can contain Kitna and their RB's.

8 Oct. 26 Bye W - I'm sure we can win this one.

9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. W - Peterson is a beast, but here is to hoping Amobi eats him for lunch this game. Their don't have a strong receiver core, and D-Rob will probably be back for this game (especially after a bye). I call a win on this one.

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. W - Not the same Cincy from even two years ago. They have been on the decline, and I don't see that changing this season.

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. L - Peyton will want revenge.

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. L - I hate Cleveland.

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. W - Our boys always get hyped up for primetime, and once again we own the Jags. This is a win.

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. L - The cold is too much.

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - Hey Vince, you aren't coming to Houston to win either.

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. W - DA RAIDAAAS!

17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. L - Season closer and we rev up for the playoffs. Bears win this one as we just mostly play our backups and rest our starters.

Record: 11-5

Speedy
04-15-2008, 09:28 PM
Well, I always said I'd predict 8-8 every year until they did it.

Now my prediction goes to Wild Card playoff berth......every year until they do it. Hopefully that doesn't take as long as my 8-8 prediction did.

adam
04-15-2008, 09:59 PM
9-7 is a likely possibility. I just hope that we can beat those god forsaken Titans.

TexanSam
04-15-2008, 10:01 PM
Record: 11-5

You actually predicted 12-4. That would be nice. Especially with a 10 game winning streak during the season.

Line_Producer
04-15-2008, 10:12 PM
You actually predicted 12-4. That would be nice. Especially with a 10 game winning streak during the season.

It was technically a 12-5 including our bye week. :headhurts:

So. 11-5.

nice.

GuerillaBlack
04-15-2008, 10:15 PM
You actually predicted 12-4. That would be nice. Especially with a 10 game winning streak during the season.

Nope, 11-5. And I have a 8 game winning streak during the season, not 10.

DiehardChris
04-15-2008, 10:20 PM
Geez, we can't even wait to do this until after the draft?

Fine - 9-7 is my pre-draft prediction. Our schedule is just SO brutal.

GuerillaBlack
04-15-2008, 10:24 PM
Nope. Predictions were running wild in the schedule thread, so I thought making a thread would be a good idea.

DiehardChris
04-15-2008, 10:25 PM
Fair enough... It's not like the draft is going to make us several games better anyway. I hope I'm wrong... I really want that Wild Card.

wicked_wayz
04-15-2008, 10:52 PM
Geez, we can't even wait to do this until after the draft?

Fine - 9-7 is my pre-draft prediction. Our schedule is just SO brutal.

yep thats what im predicting as well, and i agree that our schedule is tough

dalemurphy
04-15-2008, 11:02 PM
my prediction: Lot's of Fun!

Norg
04-16-2008, 12:16 AM
all ready said if we win are divison games we will make the playoffs simple has that we can get 10 wins for sure

but what no one talks about what if the worst case scerino happens and right out the gate we go

0-4

Pitts
Ravens
Titans
jags

its possible we coulkd lose all thoes games

i said it once and ill say it agian every team in the NFL is a tough team lets just go week bye week

ANd iam sure we can compete with Pitts so its possible we can win are first 2 agian

Silver Oak
04-16-2008, 08:14 AM
With the exception of the titans, our division has not got any weaker IMO.

Pre draft prediction of 9-7, and an exciting season to the end.

AnthonyE
04-16-2008, 08:19 AM
I'll do my full schedule analysis when schools out, but at a quick glance I say 10-6.

Yankee_In_TX
04-16-2008, 09:49 AM
Stealing GB's text (I got 8-8 last year, but was wrong on HOW we got there...)

1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. L - Road, first game, young team

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m. W - Of course I'll be wrong on all of these, but how can we not win at home against a new coach and bad team?

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. L - Lost faith in this series.

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. W - Despite their team getting better every year, so are we.

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. W - I alway pick more South games than we win. We HAVE to grab one of these this year.

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. W - The Dolphins? We better not lose this one is what I say. ---agree with GB

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. W - HA! Miami Part II, unless they come out of the gate like last year.

8 Oct. 26 Bye

9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. L - Away, CT and AP. Nuff said.

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. W - Losing players, locker room problems, just shut down their passing game, I think we can. We'll see if Rudi and Kenny and Kenny are healthy.

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. L - We're not winning both

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. L - Whereas I would have said "win" before, if Anderson can keep his magic going....

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. W - Our boys always get hyped up for primetime, and once again we own the Jags. This is a win. ---agree with GB

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. W - Young QB v. Texans + cold - his inexperience is wrose than ours

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. L - I just don't believe.....

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. W - DA RAIDAAAS! --- agree with GB

17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. W - Bear? Ha. Get a QB, some WR's and fix your aging/injured/uninspired "legendary" D.

Record: 10-6 - good improvement, may not be playoff good.

Week spot - picking 2 wins against Jax
Guaranteed wins: Miami, Oakland

Trap_Star
04-16-2008, 09:59 AM
10-6 (3-3 in the division)

barrett
04-16-2008, 10:28 AM
i'm just hoping that we can split the division. 3-3. the rest will play itself out.

Kaiser Toro
04-16-2008, 10:30 AM
This team's mantra heading into the season should be, win the AFC South. That is the goal, everything after that is gravy.

rollinstone18
04-16-2008, 10:43 AM
10-6.

Maddict5
04-16-2008, 11:03 AM
1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. W i like our chances... their o-line is ppretty poor, parker is coming off a broken leg and their D is decent

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m. W New coach, shaky offence... schaubo throws us to victory

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W this is the year we finally sink the titans

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. L too good... after 3 tough weeks we take our first loss

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. L as long as peyton is there, its should be an L

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. W better performance than last year

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. W This is a soft team that have lost quite a bit so far... a comprehensive win going into the bye

8 Oct. 26 Bye

9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. W if they upgrade on tavaris, id probably change this.... they have a better team, we have a better qb

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. W another soft team

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. L sorry

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. W revenge...count me as somebody who's pretty down on DA... he was terrible the last few games (teams figured him out?)

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. W -Primetime, reliant will be rocking... we'll win a close one

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. W - GB minus favre doesnt really scare me too much

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - sweep the tacks this yr

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. W a tentative victory although this could be like last yrs falcs game

17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. W bears have a great D but they have nobody at qb,rb,wr and their o-line is terrible

Record: a totally unrealistic 13-3... sorry

more realistically we'll lose 1 to the tacks, browns and maybe vikes

barrett
04-16-2008, 11:08 AM
This team's mantra heading into the season should be, win the AFC South. That is the goal, everything after that is gravy.

agreed. or even just winning the majority of our divisional games. that puts us a leg up on all our divisional competition. I would be elated to go 4-2 in the AFC South!

I mentioned in another thread, I was reading about Kubiak saying that their goals this year are "get it" for the defense and "keep it" for the offense. The ball that is.

If they can accomplish that, increase turnovers on defense and decrease them on offense and win the majority of the the divisional games I'd bet the rest of the season will turn out really positive.

eriadoc
04-16-2008, 11:18 AM
1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. W - In Pittsburgh, but they'll overlook us. Our guys go in fired up and toss yellow towels out of the stadium.

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m. W - Our home opener. The fans will be excited, the Ravens QB is not good, and their D isn't what it used to be.

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - Their QB sucks, and this is the year that our domination begins.

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. W - We always play the Jags tough. Their run game is good, but our run D will show up and we eke one out.

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. W - Our best chance to beat the Colts. Mario gets to Manning twice.

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. W - The Dolphins will improve to 5 wins this year. We won't give up one of those.

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. W - We should win this one at home.

8 Oct. 26 Bye W - Close call ;)

9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. W - The Vikings have a helluva run game and nothing else. Road win for the good guys.

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. W - They'll have both WRs back on the field by then, but team chemistry is shot. Their defense won't contain AJ and Schaub, and we roll.

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. W - Peyton will want revenge, but will find out that the Texans are for real. Peyton really begins to dislike that Mario pick right about now.

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. W - Derek Anderson gets off to a slow start, and there's a full-fledged QB controversy by now. Our secondary actually has a great game and we win one at the Dawg Pound.

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. W - By now, the media frenzy is full on, and for a change, people actually tune in for a MNF game. As usual, the good guys are geared up for a prime time matchup, and the world sees that the Texans are for real.

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. W - It's too early to be truly frigid yet, and Rodgers != Favre. Road win again.

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - VY already hates the Mario pick. A large number of orange-clad fans are heard booing VY at the end of the game.

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. W - A nice break for the team, gearing up for the playoffs. Kubiak keeps 'em focused, though.

17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. W - The Bears have no QB, no running game, no WRs, and their D has lost Mike Brown for the 10th season in a row or whatever it is. Kubiak wisely avoids kicking to Hester and we win to duplicate the Pats' feat.

Record: 16-0!!!!

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Since it's too early for predictions, and way too early for pessimism, I just figured I'd have fun with it. Go Texans!!

:fans:

Mr. White
04-16-2008, 11:44 AM
Sorry to be the guy that pisses in the board's Cheerios here, but my prediction (to quote B.A. Barackus) is "pain."

I hate to say it, but I think that Schaub will go out in the Pittsburgh game. Their defense has a knack for getting to a QB. Our offensive line will be learning a new scheme and their defense will take advantage of it. I also think that the word's out among Defensive Coordinators that if you slam Schaub to the ground enough times, then he'll go out pretty quick.

Seems to me like the only way to keep this from happening is to draft an LT that's a quick study. Looks like our new center has the right attitude.

I'm dreading this game.

On the bright side, I think that things will get better for us after that game and we'll finish 9-7.

drewmar74
04-16-2008, 12:25 PM
1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. Win. Yeah, I know. On the road, yada yada yada. For some reason, the Steelers under Tomlin just don't scare me like the did under Cowher. I'm thinking that we can sneak one in kinda like we did against Carolina last year.

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m. Win - Ummmm, win. I guess. The Ravens D is still solid but I'm not sold on their offense. Even with a new head coach.

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. Loss - Ever get the feeling someone has our number?

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. Loss - I'm still not sold on our ability to shut down their running game.

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. Loss - I still don't think we have the horses to stick with these guys.

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. Win - Ronnie Brown is the only thing I'm concerned about here. I wouldn't want to play these guys in the second year of the Parcell's rebuilding project, though.

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. Win - Wow. They suck. I don't see that changing this year.

8 Oct. 26 Bye

9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. Loss - See my comments from the Jaguar game. They'll run at us and wear us down. Sage will also be out to prove that we traded the wrong guy.:stirpot:

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. Loss - Unless we make some radical improvements in our secondary, I don't like the idea of their passing game against our D.

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. Loss - Nope.

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. Loss - Maybe a W if we actually have a running game. I still think that November plus open air in Cleveland is a tough gig. We better be able to run or its not going to happen.

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. Win - Prime time? At home? Maybe its a little homer coming out in me, but I'm calling it a win.

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. Loss - good solid defense and Aaron Rodgers played well in relief against Dallas. If he can stay healthy and especially if Old Man Winter has arrived, well, I just don't like our chances here.

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. Win - Ummmm, its not really your house, Vince. Yours is in Possum Holler.

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. Win- I'm thinking that Russell ends up being a bust and that the DeAngelo Hall actually causes the team to implode.

17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. Win. - I don't think that C. Benson and Grossman are enough to carry this team. I would think that by this late in the season they're out of it and we might even be facing Kyle Orton.

Record: 8-8

Hagar
04-16-2008, 12:49 PM
at Pittsburgh Steelers W Pitts was not the same team at the end of the season last season

Baltimore Ravens W No QB, Aging D

at Tennessee Titans L Curse of VY
at Jacksonville Jaguars L This one may be ugly. We glotted a little too much on the win last year that didn't mean anything.

Indianapolis Colts W This maybe wishful thinking. Indy is still very dangerous.

Miami Dolphins W Miami will still be rebuilding

Detroit Lions W Na, its Detroit

at Minnesota Vikings L This is a very winnable game.

Cincinnati Bengals W Once a dominating team, now in taters

at Indianapolis Colts L Its the Colts in Indy

at Cleveland Browns L Also a winnable game. I really like the direction this team is going.

Jacksonville Jaguars L Jacksonville will be in the hunt for the playoffs. This could be another really ugly loss.

at Green Bay Packers L This is a good young team. Also very winnable.

Tennessee Titans W Hoping for a break in the VY curse.

at Oakland Raiders W Its the Raiders, we better win.

Chicago Bears W No QB, now no WR.

A lot will depend on the draft but until we fix the OL and get a running game, I still think we're 8 - 8.

Trap_Star
04-16-2008, 12:58 PM
Where's that WOO-HOOOOOOO 16-0 Crackhead guy at?

The guy with the Plummer jersey avatar.

I can't believe HE has not weighed in here yet.

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the PCP has'nt kicked in yet.

Ryan
04-16-2008, 05:39 PM
1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m-L I think this could go either way. But i'm going with a loss because their defense scares me and it's in Pittsburgh.

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m.-W- This will be the only easy game for a while, their offense is mediocre and their defense is not much better.

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m.-W- Always a tough game when we play them but the tides are gonna change this year. People have figured out VY and i believe if we get the right help in the draft, we can be able to tame the two-headed monster Haynesworth and Vanden-Bosch.

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. L-although fred taylor isn't getting any younger, he and MJD will team up and take down our rush defense once again. We will put up a much better fight than our game in Jax last year.

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. W-pull out a close win for our second win against these guys.

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. Win - will be better, but we're still way better than they are.

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. Win - just not good enough for anything.

8 Oct. 26 Bye

9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. Win-you never know if adrian peterson will be healthy, but either way, they can still run the ball well. But i think we win this one because we have a better QB and defense.

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. Win-a few weeks ago i would have said loss just because we would lose in a shootout. But Chad Johnson wants out, and they have enough problems as it is.

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. Loss - They end our 5 game winning streak.

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. Loss-You never know what product the browns wil put on the field, but this will be a tough road game.

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. Win - We will be rowdy for this one and we are gonna feed on the Jaguars on National television.

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. Loss - it will be cold, and it is hard enough winning at Lambeau. Favre or no Favre, they will win this one.

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. Loss-tough, hard fought, emotional game. But Tennessee gets revenge in our house.

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. Win- It's the Raiders.

17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. Win- unless the get some offensive help, they won't be much of a factor with Grossman/Orton at the helm and injury prone and underperforming Benson.


final record 10-6! First ever playoff berth for the Texans!:fans:

edo783
04-16-2008, 05:49 PM
Based on schedule....8-8 is most likely.....9-7 is possible.....10-6 at the outside if we stay real healthy.

The Pencil Neck
04-16-2008, 05:56 PM
Based on schedule....8-8 is most likely.....9-7 is possible.....10-6 at the outside if we stay real healthy.

Aren't we due for healthy, yet?

mattschaub#8
04-16-2008, 05:59 PM
resons to be the best =]


1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. W- TEXANS RIOT TO WIN OPENER MATTS HEALTHY AND AHMAN....(OUT ON LEAM) HEALTH AND RUNS LIKE HELL...MABY

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m. W - NEW COUCH COME ON!!!!!!

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - VINCE OUT WITH TORN TINDON IN LEG BYE MARRIO WILLAMS WILL MISS THE REST OF SEASON =]:texflag:

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. W - GARNERD THOS NOT LIVE UP TO LAST YEARS SACKED 3 TIMES

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. W - THERE WILL BE NO RUN GAME PANTON HAS TO MUCH PRESHUR ON HIM AND LOST TO FILD GOAL

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. W - THE DOLPHINS?

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. W - DETRROIT STINKS PERIOD...

8 Oct. 26 Bye WONT COUNT

1 p.mN ov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m W - peterson will do the oppiosite of marrio willaims and do like regie did last year

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. W - Not the same Cincy from even two years ago. They have been on the decline, and I don't see that changing this season.

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. w - Peyton will want revenge. and will get sacked even more =]

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. w- suks

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. W - Our boys always get hyped up for primetime, and once again we own the Jags. This is a win.

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. L - cold is a blessing bye the texans tired of the warmth i say win.

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - Hey Vince, you aren't coming to Houston to win either.

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. W - DA RAIDAAAS! like why how when canthey win he he

17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. w- suky qbs

16-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thorn
04-16-2008, 06:10 PM
Iím not going to attempt to make a prediction on the individual games, but Iím going to make two predictions here on an if-this-happens scenario. Of course, after the draft, we may all want to change our predictions, and I might do that also.

In any case, the Texans averaged 99 yards a game rushing last season. That ranks us in 22nd place. Given we now have Gibbs and will probably draft a rusher in the 3rd or 4th round, I say we should improve to 115 to 120 yards a game rushing. If this happens, we go 9-7 or 10-6 because we still havenít plugged all the holes in our defense yet. And probably wonít until we complete another off-season. Houston finished last year ranked 11th in passing, if we can improve from 22nd to someplace in the upper half of the league in rushing, weíll be competitive.

However, if the rushing game does not improve, we go 7-9 or 8-8. We have a tougher schedule this year than last, so an only slightly improved Texan team may simply just tread water this year as far as the schedule goes.

maddogmrb
04-16-2008, 06:26 PM
I agree with eriadoc, 16-0, totally realistic just as:

Schaub will not miss a down. Throws 4000+ yards, 41 tds, 0 ints, Pro Bowl.

Dayne will lead the league in rushing with 2300 yds, and 16 tds.

Mark Bruener will become the premier pass catching in the league with 20 tds.

Entire Texans oline goes to the Pro Bowl.

Mario gets 32 sacks, Omobi gets 16, and Anthony Weaver comes out of nowhere to get 20 sacks, all are Pro Bowlers.

Our 3 LBs combine for 600 tackles, 44 sacks, and 12 ints - all Pro Bowlers, of course.

Petey Faggins replaces Dunta and nobody catches a ball on him all year. He has 32 ints & becomes an emergency HOF inductee before the 1st playoff game! Dunta is traded at mid-season.

Texans beat the Cowboys in the Super Bowl 63-0 as Matt Schaub completes 100% of his passes and is never touched by the Cowboy defense.

Texans cheerleaders spend a week at my place celebrating!

:texflag:

Kaiser Toro
04-16-2008, 07:12 PM
Sorry to be the guy that pisses in the board's Cheerios here, but my prediction (to quote B.A. Barackus) is "pain."

I hate to say it, but I think that Schaub will go out in the Pittsburgh game. Their defense has a knack for getting to a QB. Our offensive line will be learning a new scheme and their defense will take advantage of it. I also think that the word's out among Defensive Coordinators that if you slam Schaub to the ground enough times, then he'll go out pretty quick.

Seems to me like the only way to keep this from happening is to draft an LT that's a quick study. Looks like our new center has the right attitude.

I'm dreading this game.

On the bright side, I think that things will get better for us after that game and we'll finish 9-7.

Houston has made you a hater. Come back to Austin and get your flow back. :specnatz:

Revolution
04-16-2008, 07:21 PM
I agree with eriadoc, 16-0, totally realistic just as:

Schaub will not miss a down. Throws 4000+ yards, 41 tds, 0 ints, Pro Bowl.

Dayne will lead the league in rushing with 2300 yds, and 16 tds.

Mark Bruener will become the premier pass catching in the league with 20 tds.

Entire Texans oline goes to the Pro Bowl.

Mario gets 32 sacks, Omobi gets 16, and Anthony Weaver comes out of nowhere to get 20 sacks, all are Pro Bowlers.

Our 3 LBs combine for 600 tackles, 44 sacks, and 12 ints - all Pro Bowlers, of course.

Petey Faggins replaces Dunta and nobody catches a ball on him all year. He has 32 ints & becomes an emergency HOF inductee before the 1st playoff game! Dunta is traded at mid-season.

Texans beat the Cowboys in the Super Bowl 63-0 as Matt Schaub completes 100% of his passes and is never touched by the Cowboy defense.

Texans cheerleaders spend a week at my place celebrating!

:texflag:


All of this comes true except the girls go 0-16 and we beat the Giants in the Super Bowl! Oh yeah, and the cheerleaders spend a week at my house! :)

Hardcore Texan
04-16-2008, 07:58 PM
10-6

3-3 in the division.

Book it.

hollywood_texan
04-16-2008, 08:10 PM
I like to wait for training camp and a few preseason games before predicting a season.

The first 6 years, I was very good in the prediction of the final record.

However, this year seems to be too tough right now to predict with a high degree certainity. Maybe after training camp, but I don't think we are really going to see anything surprising from training camp.

At this time though, I think there are strong arguements for status quo, regression, or better yet, a BREAK OUT YEAR!

I am really looking forward to this year, because there could be some really BIG SURPRISES!

We'll see...

maddogmrb
04-17-2008, 08:07 AM
All of this comes true except the girls go 0-16 and we beat the Giants in the Super Bowl! Oh yeah, and the cheerleaders spend a week at my house! :)

Sorry Rev, I called shotgun on the cheerleaders!

:fans:

brakos82
04-18-2008, 09:39 AM
Sep 07 at Pittsburgh 12:00 PM L 27-20 Hines Ward lights up the scoreboard with 197 yards rec. as the offensive line gives up three sacks.
Sep 14 Baltimore 3:15 PM W 34-13 Mario takes his anger out on the Ravens after hearing that VY was nominated Player of the Week after throwing 4 INT.
Sep 21 at Tennessee 12:00 PM L 31-33 He then shows VY who the real Player of the Week is. However, Kerry Collins comes in during the 3rd qtr. and sets the team up for 4 field goals.
Sep 28 at Jacksonville 12:00 PM W 25-24 Kris Brown sticks his tongue out at the Titans, and kicks six field goals to beat the Jags.
Oct 05 Indianapolis 12:00 PM L 17-27 Peyton Manning goes off to film a commercial during the first quarter, letting Houston get out to a 14-0 lead. The Colts then score 27 in a row.
Oct 12 Miami 12:00 PM W 31-17 Travis Johnson tells Miami to shove it up their ass and calls Bill Parcells “A Wicked Witch”.
Oct 19 Detroit 3:05 PM W 37-21 Matt Millen decides to steal Faggins to play him as WR. He ends up scoring 2 TD receptions, but Demeco lets Jon Kitna know that the Lions aren’t going to win 10 games this year.
Oct 26 Byetown 12:00 PM L 0-70 The defense didn’t even show up as the Byes walk right down the field to score time and time again.
Nov 02 at Minnesota 12:00 PM L 34-14 The Purple People Eaters ate Okoye’s shoe. Whatever good that did them, they took care of Houston in this one. Must be groggy from last week.
Nov 09 Cincinnati 12:00 PM W 42-31 Ocho Cinco complains, Ocho Cinco don’t play. Alien-Boy eats up Faggins even though he didn’t want to. He then gets thrown back in jail. The referee gets thrown in jail as well. Tune in next week to see why.
Nov 16 at Indianapolis 12:00 PM L 34-35 Peyton Manning got bored with commercials. Don’t worry. He’s got his own sitcom now. Unfortunately, Faggins was the joke in this one as he lets Wayne by for 4 TD. Turns out the ref was smoking something besides cigarettes.
Nov 23 at Cleveland 12:00 PM L 16-20 Faggins is traded to Detroit for a second-round pick, which strengthened the defense considerably. However, the offensive line struggled, giving Cleveland the win.
Dec 01 Jacksonville 7:30 PM W 34-27 Just the kind of game fans want to see: high-powered offenses, and the return of Dunta Robinson to boot. Schaub breaks the 4th quarter tie with a 61-yard pass to Andre Johnson.
Dec 07 at Green Bay 12:00 PM W 31-17 Schaub was busy filming commercials, so Sage became the starter this week and showed Atari 2600 who’s the boss.
Dec 14 Tennessee 12:00 PM W 31-21 Vince takes it to the house from 54 yards out. Unfortunately for him, the walk out of the field doesn’t count as Houston wins easily.
Dec 21 at Oakland 3:05 PM W 17-13 They were all prepared for the Colts, but the bus driver took them to Oakland, leading to some real confusion. However, Dunta makes the 4th qtr interception, sealing the victory.
Dec 28 Chicago 12:00 PM W 24-8 Mario and Meco said “nuh-uh.” (or however you gangsters say it) and sealed their playoff berth with a decisive win over Da Bears.
Jan 3 at San Diego 3:05 PM W 31-28 Spoiled by a 5-game winning streak, the Texans were ready to kick some California ass. LT’s season-ending injury in Week 11 allowed the Texans to squeak by in Overtime on a 52 yard field goal by Kris Brown.
Jan 10 at New England 6:05 PM L 20-31 Tom Brady threw to Randy Moss all day, making Bennett look dazed and confused out there.

threetoedpete
04-19-2008, 03:53 AM
I want whatever he's having, please.

Texan Asylum
04-19-2008, 09:36 AM
This team's mantra heading into the season should be, win the AFC South. That is the goal, everything after that is gravy.


Sounds good to me! :fans:

Hervoyel
04-19-2008, 10:02 AM
I've been looking at the schedule for the past couple of days and I've come to the conclusion that the Texans have the potential to go 11-5 this year if things go the way they should (from our perspective). Barring significant injuries and assuming that we aren't the only franchise in the NFL that Alex Gibbs can't make run the football I'd say we're going 11-5 this year.

W. Pittsubrgh is not immune to early let downs in the season and this isn't Nolls or Cowhers Steelers. We can win the season opener. 1-0

W. Baltimore isn't what they used to be either. We can win that game and I see no reason not to expect a win if we manage to get by the Steelers in the previous week. 2-0 just like last season.

W. Tennessee is a tough game as usual but I consider it winnable if we're playing them with an actual running game (which we're supposed to have this year). 3-0

L. Jacksonville is another tough game (particularly at their house) and it's likely that we drop this one. 3-1

W. Indianapolis at our place we win. We might very well have won last year if we'd had AJ and this time we'll not only have AJ but we'll have a running game. The Colts are great and can win anytime they take the field but I think we'll split with them this year and this is our win. 4-1

W. Miami is rebuilding and they're not going to be done quickly enough to win this game. We take it in much more convincing fashion than our win in 2007. 5-1

W. Detroit is Detroit. They are capable of beating other teams but that's just because of the "any given Sunday" rule. At home we should win this game and we will if we're really where we think we are in terms of improvement. 6-1

Bye Week

L. Minnesota beats us after a bye week. Young team gets the big head following a two weeks of stories about how good the Texans are. You know the story. 6-2

*****The Texans finish the first half of the season 6-2 and there is much rejoicing*****

W. Cincinnati has owned us since we entered the league but I just don't see them having a great year this year. I think this year is different and we take care of business at home. If this was in Cincinnati this would be an L but it's here so we go to 7-2

L. Indianapolis We're not going to sweep the Colts so we might as well put that thought out of our minds. If we're lucky (I think we are this year) then we split with them and hope we don't see them again in the playoffs. This is the one they win. 7-3

W. Cleveland. I hate Cleveland because they always seem to give us trouble (much like Cincinnati) and it never matters how good or bad they are. This year I think we can handle them and we go to 8-3

W. Jacksonville. We lose to them at their place and beat them at ours. Sounds about right. 9-3 with people talking playoffs.

L. Green Bay. The Packers aren't the same team without Favre (big surprise) and we can win this game but we won't. It's frustrating but we fall to 9-4

W. Tennessee we sweep with a strong win at Reliant to close them out for the year. The Texans go to 10-4

W. Oakland. How long can Oakland stay bad? At some point aren't they going to turn things around? I'm hoping this isn't the year it happens and that they're just not ready to win with Russell yet. I think this game will be closer than it should be but we'll win it to go to 11-4 on the year.

W. Chicago. At home we're still talking about a team that's got crap quarterbacking and a lousy running game. That may change between now and then but for the moment I'm predicting we close the year with a win making us 12-4

But wait! I said we'd be 11-5 this year at the start of this post didn't I? Of course I did. I meant it too even though I just finished saying we'd be 12-4 following Chicago. Knock one of these wins off and count it as stupid blind homer-fed optimism. I see those games going down like this but the games never do play out like we think they will.

11-5

maddogmrb
04-19-2008, 10:55 AM
Herv, what I find amusing about your post is that you wait until we beat Jacksonville in the Monday night game and go to 9-3 before "people start talking playoffs".

I guarantee you that if we beat the Steelers in the first game the playoff talk will start right then and, I'll admit, it'll be on my mind, too.

:texflag:

ObsiWan
04-19-2008, 11:18 AM
What is brakos smoking?! That can't be just the koolade.
Where can I get some?

TA Jr. 71
04-19-2008, 01:45 PM
Just Hope they make it to the play offs :fans:

b0ng
04-19-2008, 02:00 PM
What is brakos smoking?! That can't be just the koolade.
Where can I get some?

This is not the substance you are looking for.

Hervoyel
04-21-2008, 10:01 AM
What is brakos smoking?! That can't be just the koolade.
Where can I get some?


"Get out of here Dewey! You don't want no part of this!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57DdviStOFo

(mild language warning)

J-Russ
04-21-2008, 10:13 AM
Sep 07 at Pittsburgh 12:00 PM L 27-20 Hines Ward lights up the scoreboard with 197 yards rec. as the offensive line gives up three sacks.
Sep 14 Baltimore 3:15 PM W 34-13 Mario takes his anger out on the Ravens after hearing that VY was nominated Player of the Week after throwing 4 INT.
Sep 21 at Tennessee 12:00 PM L 31-33 He then shows VY who the real Player of the Week is. However, Kerry Collins comes in during the 3rd qtr. and sets the team up for 4 field goals.
Sep 28 at Jacksonville 12:00 PM W 25-24 Kris Brown sticks his tongue out at the Titans, and kicks six field goals to beat the Jags.
Oct 05 Indianapolis 12:00 PM L 17-27 Peyton Manning goes off to film a commercial during the first quarter, letting Houston get out to a 14-0 lead. The Colts then score 27 in a row.
Oct 12 Miami 12:00 PM W 31-17 Travis Johnson tells Miami to shove it up their ass and calls Bill Parcells “A Wicked Witch”.
Oct 19 Detroit 3:05 PM W 37-21 Matt Millen decides to steal Faggins to play him as WR. He ends up scoring 2 TD receptions, but Demeco lets Jon Kitna know that the Lions aren’t going to win 10 games this year.
Oct 26 Byetown 12:00 PM L 0-70 The defense didn’t even show up as the Byes walk right down the field to score time and time again.
Nov 02 at Minnesota 12:00 PM L 34-14 The Purple People Eaters ate Okoye’s shoe. Whatever good that did them, they took care of Houston in this one. Must be groggy from last week.
Nov 09 Cincinnati 12:00 PM W 42-31 Ocho Cinco complains, Ocho Cinco don’t play. Alien-Boy eats up Faggins even though he didn’t want to. He then gets thrown back in jail. The referee gets thrown in jail as well. Tune in next week to see why.
Nov 16 at Indianapolis 12:00 PM L 34-35 Peyton Manning got bored with commercials. Don’t worry. He’s got his own sitcom now. Unfortunately, Faggins was the joke in this one as he lets Wayne by for 4 TD. Turns out the ref was smoking something besides cigarettes.
Nov 23 at Cleveland 12:00 PM L 16-20 Faggins is traded to Detroit for a second-round pick, which strengthened the defense considerably. However, the offensive line struggled, giving Cleveland the win.
Dec 01 Jacksonville 7:30 PM W 34-27 Just the kind of game fans want to see: high-powered offenses, and the return of Dunta Robinson to boot. Schaub breaks the 4th quarter tie with a 61-yard pass to Andre Johnson.
Dec 07 at Green Bay 12:00 PM W 31-17 Schaub was busy filming commercials, so Sage became the starter this week and showed Atari 2600 who’s the boss.
Dec 14 Tennessee 12:00 PM W 31-21 Vince takes it to the house from 54 yards out. Unfortunately for him, the walk out of the field doesn’t count as Houston wins easily.
Dec 21 at Oakland 3:05 PM W 17-13 They were all prepared for the Colts, but the bus driver took them to Oakland, leading to some real confusion. However, Dunta makes the 4th qtr interception, sealing the victory.
Dec 28 Chicago 12:00 PM W 24-8 Mario and Meco said “nuh-uh.” (or however you gangsters say it) and sealed their playoff berth with a decisive win over Da Bears.
Jan 3 at San Diego 3:05 PM W 31-28 Spoiled by a 5-game winning streak, the Texans were ready to kick some California ass. LT’s season-ending injury in Week 11 allowed the Texans to squeak by in Overtime on a 52 yard field goal by Kris Brown.
Jan 10 at New England 6:05 PM L 20-31 Tom Brady threw to Randy Moss all day, making Bennett look dazed and confused out there.


Brakos82 has an elite reputation and well worth reading.

Trail.Blazr
04-24-2008, 07:07 AM
Herv, what I find amusing about your post is that you wait until we beat Jacksonville in the Monday night game and go to 9-3 before "people start talking playoffs".

I guarantee you that if we beat the Steelers in the first game the playoff talk will start right then and, I'll admit, it'll be on my mind, too.

:texflag:

I'm thinking playoffs is something an 8-8 team in our division should be talking going into the next season. Nothing wrong with it, even before the draft. As far as at what point in the season, I reflect back to last season, starting out 2-0 and doing it in a good way, only to get bit HARD by the injury bug at a time where we should have been shifting from 3rd to 4th gear, which bring me to my prediction....

At NO time in the season will ALL of our offensive Skill Position stars be missing playing time at the SAME time.

The latter part of the season really seemed to show definate vunerabilities in the secondary with DR out, and we get to start it off that way. I'm hoping we can at the very least address our secondary in a way that pays benefits in week 1 during this weekends draft. That and protecting the QB, something we still have yet to have success with.

Trusting that RS and Kube's have a better grasp on what is needed than I, I would suggest we can at the very least have our first WINNING SEASON.

:gotexans1

ATXtexanfan
04-24-2008, 05:45 PM
winning the turnover battle every game will lead to the playoffs

BattleRedToro
06-22-2008, 11:46 AM
Sorry to be the guy that pisses in the board's Cheerios here, but my prediction (to quote B.A. Barackus) is "pain."

I think you meant to quote a different Mr. T character, Clubber Lang, from Rocky III.

Here is a link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgsf3dgSOHM&feature=related) to help refresh your memory.

gary
06-22-2008, 11:57 AM
winning the turnover battle every game will lead to the playoffsThat hurt us last year.

GuerillaBlack
06-22-2008, 11:58 AM
That hurt us last year.
Sherlock Holmes in the hizzzzouse!!!

:)

gary
06-22-2008, 12:05 PM
Sherlock Holmes in the hizzzzouse!!!

:)I think basicly if they stay healthy and not turn the football over and run, run, run they will make the playoffs and may even win their first playoff game.

Jagsbch
06-22-2008, 12:23 PM
I think basicly if they stay healthy and not turn the football over and run, run, run they will make the playoffs and may even win their first playoff game.

The Texans need to show that they can hang with any team in the league passing wise, the passing game ought to be the Texans bread and butter this season IMO. This will not only open up the running game as safeties are forced to be honest, but make them a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl this season.

It is vital that the defense remains spread with the threat of the deep passing for this team to have the success its potential has poised on the horizon.:showtime:

10-6

gary
06-22-2008, 12:36 PM
The Texans have have a great passing game as long as OL gives Matt enough time to look down field and make the throw he wants to make.

BattleRedToro
06-22-2008, 01:27 PM
1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. W - I think Pittsburgh is given more credit than they deserve. They aren't near as good as they were when they won the SuperBowl a few years back.

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m. W - The same can be said for the Ravens. They have fallen even further from their former glory than the Steelers have.

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - I don't expect the titans to be pushovers despite of my opinion of VY as an NFL QB. I think the Texans can win this one in a close one.

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. L - I hate to predict a loss by my Texans, especially against a division opponent, but I see this game as a real test for the Texans. They beat the Texans bad in Jacksonville last year. I think this one will be close, but I'm giving the Jags the edge due to homefield.

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. W - The Colts can stay on top forever can they? Marvin Harrison is fading now and they have lost several pieces to Free Agency over the last few years. Perhaps the Texans have made up enough ground to now be competitive with the Colts atleast in Reliant Stadium. I see a close game with the Texans feeding off the crowd for the win.

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. W - The Dolphins, at Reliant Stadium? As Long as the Texans remain focused and don't respect the opponent this one should be automatic.

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. W - I don't think the Lions are good enough to beat the Texans in Reliant Stadium. Detroit was 2-6 on the road last year and I see no reason for a dramatic improvement in that area for them.

8 Oct. 26 Bye - Much needed rest

9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. L - Peterson is a great player, but it takes more than one great player to win in the NFL. What could make this game tough is that it is in Minnesota. I would say coming off of the bye week would give the Texans an edge, but the Vikings are coming off of the bye week as well. With that said it seems I have to give the edge to the Vikings here due to homefield.

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. W - I have to agree with GuerillaBlack here. The Bungles have been in a steady decline. Who even knows if their best receiver will be on their team by the time the Texans play them.

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. L - While I believe the Texans have improved enough to win a close game against the Colts in Reliant Stadium, I don't think they have improved enough to beat the Colts in their house.

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. L - Cleveland may have had the Texans' number as of late, but with their injuries during OTA's, and if they have anymore before they play the Texans, this could make the difference. Otherwise the Texans lose another away game

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. W - Monday Night Football and possibly revenge for the previous loss to the Jags. Reliant will be pumped and the Texans will prevail.

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. W - Despite the cold, I think the Texans will give Aaron Rodgers problems all day long, and that will make the difference in the game.

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - The Texans will get revenge this year for getting swept 2 years in a row by returning the favor to the Titans.

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. W - The Raiders have never beat the Texans and that isn't going to change this year.

17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. W - The Bears are in the second year of a decline. I see them bottoming out this year. Their stellar defense will be worn out by this game from playing on the field so much because of their inept offense. With nothing to play for the Bears will mail this one in.

Record: 12-4
Home: 8-0
Road: 4-4

Brando
06-22-2008, 01:36 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/95/TexansSecondary.jpg/120px-TexansSecondary.jpg

The Playoff Year
1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. L - The Texans open up the season with a close loss to Pittsburgh on the road as Jeff Reed kicks the game winner with no time left on the clock.

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m. W - The Texans rebound from the loss versus the Steelers with a dominate defensive performance against the Ravens holding McGahee under 50 yards rushing in a 24-10 win in their home opener.

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - The Texans go back on the road to play divison rival Tennessee, hold Vince Young under 200 yards passing and keep the Titans running game in check. Chris Brown contributes with a rushing TD and a recieving TD as he burns his former team. Texans prevail 23-17.

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. L - Maurice Jones-Drew has 2 TD's rushing as Jacksonsville beats the Texans 27-17.

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. W - Rosevelt Colvin's sack and forced fumble(recovered by DeMeco Ryans) with 5 minutes left to play seals the win. The Texans jumped to a 17-0 lead but Peyton Manning showed why he is one of the best QB's ever leading the comeback in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 17. Unfortunately the special teams of the Colts gives up 2 TD's in the 4th quarter as Andre Davis(kickoff) and Jacoby Jones(punt return) gave the Texans a lead they would not relinquish.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b252/Amberlybutterfly/Texans%20Signatures%20and%20pics/Jacoby-Jones-Cut2.png

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. W - Miami had the momentum and the lead going into the 3rd quarter with a 17-14 advantage but Schaub connects with Andre Johnson on a 80 yard TD pass to start the 3rd quarter to regain the lead and momentum as the Texans never look back with a 28-20 victory over the Dolphins.

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. W - The Texans defense sets the tempo for this game sacking Lions QB Jon Kitna 6 times. Steve Slaton has his break out game with 170 all purpose yards and 2 TD's.

8 Oct. 26 Bye

9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. L - Adrian Peterson plays against his hometown team and rushes for 150 yards with 2 TD's and the Vikings upset the Texans 24-20. The Texans let the game slip out of their hands with a Owen Daniels fumble in the 4th quarter.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s145/kakersbakers/images.jpg

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. W - With Bengals WR Chad Johnson sidelined with diarhea of the mouth, the Texans shut out the Bengals 23-0.

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. L - The Colts take advantage of the home field and beat the Texans 27-23. The Texans actually had the lead 23-20 with 4 minutes left in the game but Manning marched down field with a 67 yard TD drive.

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. W - With Cleveland struggling the Texans jumped to a 23-7 lead in the first half. The Texans defense held the Browns to under 200 yards total offense as the Texans defeat the Browns 30-7.

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. W - Playing their first MNF game in their history the Texans, wearing Battle Red jerseys, win a close hard fought game 23-20. The Texans win the game on a Kris Brown 40 yard FG with :01 second left on the clock.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b252/Amberlybutterfly/Texans%20Signatures%20and%20pics/fullj_getty-76024703bl003_chicago_b.jpg

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. L - The Texans playing at Lambeau for the first time, lose this one 30-17. The Texans started off sluggish and never rebounded in the cold elements of Green Bay.

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - The Texans come back home and thaw out as they defeat the Titans 27-17. Mario Williams has 2 sacks and a FF to lead the Texans to victory.

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. W - Dunta Robinson has a big game as he returns to the field where he suffered his injury last year. He has 2 INT's with one going all the way for a TD. Darren McFadden has a 95 yard TD but is not enough as the Texans defeat the Raiders 34-16.


17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. W - The Texans needing a victory over the Bears to land a Wild Card spot open the game with a Reeves Kick Off return for a TD. Reeves, was filling in for Andre Davis because he had flu like symptoms before Kick Off. That set the tone of the game as the Texans beat the Bears 28-13 and advances to the playoffs for the first time.

Regular Season record 11-5 Playoffs...TBA

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b252/Amberlybutterfly/Texans%20Signatures%20and%20pics/texansnow-2.jpg

I'm going to be optimistic and say we will have a 11-5 record this year.:tiphat:

GuerillaBlack
06-22-2008, 01:48 PM
Nice. :)

The Dream
06-22-2008, 03:20 PM
There are so many predictions in the Schedule thread, so lets just put this one up. My predictions:

1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. L - In Pittsburgh, and is their home opener. Don't like our chances.

2 Sept. 14 Baltimore Ravens 4:15 p.m. W - A Ravens team with a new coach, shaky QB, and the only team to give Miami a win last season.

3 Sept. 21 at Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - The hell with Vince Young.

4 Sept. 28 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. W - We own them. No reason to lose to them this game, as long as we are healthy.

5 Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. W - This is finally a win. AJ and company stay healthy.

6 Oct. 12 Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. W - The Dolphins? We better not lose this one is what I say.

7 Oct. 19 Detroit Lions 4:05 p.m. W - Detroit still searching for an identity. These guys are pretenders and our D can contain Kitna and their RB's.

8 Oct. 26 Bye W - I'm sure we can win this one.

9 Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. W - Peterson is a beast, but here is to hoping Amobi eats him for lunch this game. Their don't have a strong receiver core, and D-Rob will probably be back for this game (especially after a bye). I call a win on this one.

10 Nov. 9 Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. W - Not the same Cincy from even two years ago. They have been on the decline, and I don't see that changing this season.

11 Nov. 16 at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. L - Peyton will want revenge.

12 Nov. 23 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. L - I hate Cleveland.

13 Dec. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars (Mon.) 8:30 p.m. W - Our boys always get hyped up for primetime, and once again we own the Jags. This is a win.

14 Dec. 7 at Green Bay Packers 1 p.m. L - The cold is too much.

15 Dec. 14 Tennessee Titans 1 p.m. W - Hey Vince, you aren't coming to Houston to win either.

16 Dec. 21 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m. W - DA RAIDAAAS!

17 Dec. 28 Chicago Bears 1 p.m. L - Season closer and we rev up for the playoffs. Bears win this one as we just mostly play our backups and rest our starters.

Record: 11-5


Who's the chick in ya avatar????...damn anyways

I have them starting 1-4 against Steelers (L), Ravens (W), Titans (L), Jags (L), and Colts (L). I then have them going 3-2 in there next 5 with Dolphins, Lions, and Bengals being Ws and Minny/Indy being Ls. And then ending the season 2-4 with Wins coming against the Jags and Bears, and Losses coming against the Browns, Packers, Titans, and Raiders.


So that's a record of 6-10......Kubiak's job will then be on the line, we'll be angry for spending all our money on an injury prone QB, Mario will come back to his regular form, our secondary will continue to be not that good outside of Daunte, etc.....

GuerillaBlack
06-22-2008, 03:24 PM
Mario will come back to his regular form? WTF?!

The Dream
06-22-2008, 03:44 PM
I think Mario will regress a tad this year.....I've already mentioned why in another thread.

GuerillaBlack
06-22-2008, 03:51 PM
Just for that, you are not meeting the chick in my avatar.

:)

The Dream
06-22-2008, 03:58 PM
lol, haha.....I mean uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Mario > Vince!!! :splits:

ATXtexanfan
06-22-2008, 04:55 PM
mario can regress if it means that his double teams opened it up for everyone else

ObsiWan
06-22-2008, 05:11 PM
I think Mario will regress a tad this year.....I've already mentioned why in another thread.

since you didn't bother to paste the link to the "other thread", why do you think he'll regress??

ATXtexanfan
06-22-2008, 05:29 PM
since you didn't bother to paste the link to the "other thread", why do you think he'll regress??

i'm curious also

BattleRedToro
06-22-2008, 08:36 PM
I'll answer that for you. Just look at his avatar. He's a VY homer, and he can't handle the fact that Mario had a better year last year than his idol.

ObsiWan
06-23-2008, 04:17 AM
I'll answer that for you. Just look at his avatar. He's a VY homer, and he can't handle the fact that Mario had a better year last year than his idol.

He should have picked a different photo. Mario runs Vince down from behind on that play.
:D

infantrycak
06-23-2008, 09:29 AM
our secondary will continue to be not that good outside of Daunte, etc.....

Public service announcement--it is DUNTA.

The Dream
06-23-2008, 11:48 AM
I would post why again, but last time I did it I got banned.....not sure why....I'll find the thread and post a link just give me a second.

The Dream
06-23-2008, 11:50 AM
http://texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50634&page=7


^^^^it starts here and ends a few pages later.

infantrycak
06-23-2008, 11:58 AM
I would post why again, but last time I did it I got banned.....not sure why....I'll find the thread and post a link just give me a second.

You have never been banned or timed out for a football opinion. Don't lie to the MB.

The Dream
06-23-2008, 12:25 PM
^^^I'm not lieing on this one man. Around the time I had only been posting in that particular thread (I haven't been in the No Spin Zone that much lately...check my post record), I didn't call anyone names or anything, all of a sudden I noticed that my posts couldn't be viewed.....Anyways it doesn't matter.......

GuerillaBlack
06-23-2008, 12:27 PM
http://texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50634&page=7

^^^^it starts here and ends a few pages later.

I'm going to go pop my popcorn real quick.

The Dream
06-23-2008, 01:00 PM
I'm going to go pop my popcorn real quick.

http://www.sawf.org/newsphotos/2/Terrell_Owens_200609281546296091_afp.jpg



"ummmmmmmmmmmmm, uuuuuuuuh oh yeah....get ya popcorn ready!!!!"

ObsiWan
06-23-2008, 06:40 PM
http://texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50634&page=7


^^^^it starts here and ends a few pages later.

lawd.....
you directed me to the middle of a ten-page "my-draft-choice-can-lick-your-draft-choice" argument. All for a couple of lines that say Mario's sacks were just a matter of him being in the right place at the right time.

Basically you said he was lucky.

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
Roman philosopher, Seneca

Mario was prepared and the team created the opportunities. I'll take "luck" like that all day long, and twice on Sundays."

threetoedpete
06-24-2008, 01:27 AM
http://texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50634&page=7


^^^^it starts here and ends a few pages later.

Well dream you can believe what you want, after watching Bud Adams for forty-five
years, this will be Vincent's make or break year. He hurls another dying duck onto his progression, you can color VY *gone*. I thought bringing in a disciplinarian, for a guy who has never had the discipline to clean up his mechanics...was a very poor choice. I'm not in the room & I dunno...my book says that, the addition of Mike Heimerdinger to the VY equation, came from Adams not Fischer.

http://www.titansonline.com/team/coaches/staff.php?PRKey=148

What Vincent proved last season is that there will Always be games where he'll get the lazy left foot and can't hit the broad side of bulls butt @ fifteen yards. And his throwing motion is what it is. He is too old of a cat to change his stripes now.

ATRAIN
06-25-2008, 08:49 AM
I said 10-6 on a board crawling with cowgirl fans and got laughed at.

Brando
06-25-2008, 08:57 AM
I said 10-6 on a board crawling with cowgirl fans and got laughed at.

If we stay healthy and win the turnover battle, we can win 10 to 11 games. I don't see anything funny about that. I might be setting the bar a little high for my expectations but isn't that what being a fan is all about?

ATRAIN
06-25-2008, 09:02 AM
If we stay healthy and win the turnover battle, we can win 10 to 11 games. I don't see anything funny about that. I might be setting the bar a little high for my expectations but isn't that what being a fan is all about?

Yeah I even said that I was a homer but thats how I saw it. A said we might take 1 from the Jags and they all jumped on me for that. They also jumped on me for saying we could be the Titans twice. A mess of them are ignorant Cowboys fans so I try not to fight with them.

Brando
06-25-2008, 09:05 AM
Yeah I even said that I was a homer but thats how I saw it. A said we might take 1 from the Jags and they all jumped on me for that. They also jumped on me for saying we could be the Titans twice. A mess of them are ignorant Cowboys fans so I try not to fight with them.

Well if you can just ignore them, hopefully the Texans will shut'em up.:fans:

ATRAIN
06-25-2008, 09:06 AM
Well if you can just ignore them, hopefully the Texans will shut'em up.:fans:



THATS what I am counting on :). I can't wait to bump the thread :).

Silver Oak
06-25-2008, 09:10 AM
A mess of them are ignorant Cowboys fans so I try not to fight with them.

is there any other kind of Cowboy fan?

ATRAIN
06-25-2008, 09:15 AM
is there any other kind of Cowboy fan?

hahaha good point. There are a few ill give them that but man a few of my best friends are the worst. I almost hate them come football season. They all give me crap because im a Texans fan.

ObsiWan
06-25-2008, 08:11 PM
I said 10-6 on a board crawling with cowgirl fans and got laughed at.

you should have jotted down the names so that in Dec. when they are one and done and we're still playing you can go back and laugh at them

Texanmike02
06-25-2008, 10:35 PM
1 Sep 07 HOU @ PIT L - Pitt is still a very good team. I don't think we're giving them enough credit. They still have a very good defense to go with a ground game that isn't as "punishing" as in the past, but eats up clock. But they open it up a lot more than in years past. It will cause problems. Their Receivers are going to give us fits. Big Ben is a game manager basically, but he does that very very well. I think its when we start getting Miller involved I think our smallish safties are in trouble. I think we play well, but early in the season, while you're under a new line coach, that's not when you want to play a 3-4 team especially when they send Polamalu as often as they do.

2 Sep 14 BAL @ HOU W - There was a time when they put the fear of God in their opponents. That time has passed. They are relying on Boller again? That guy is amazing actually. How they STILL believe he's the guy is beyond me. I mean how many "mentors" has he gone through? As for the game, I think its pretty (or ugly if you're from the north east). I think our WRs give them hell and we are looking at the second 3-4 in a row and we get it right on the OL.

3 Sep 21 HOU @ TEN W I think we're legitimately better than the Titans this year. They lost a lot on defense, and I don't think they are like the steelers who can keep losing defensive players every year and still compete. Vince will make our DBs look real good for the first time all year.

4 Sep 28 HOU @ JAC L While we've moved up in the division, its only one spot. Jacksonville is closer to Indy than they are us. That ground game, the defense, QB are all positions of strength. The only position that isn't near the top of the NFL is WR. But this team is built around the ground game. And honestly, unless our LBs prove they can fill holes, this will be a long game.

5 Oct 05 IND @ HOU L - OK. If you think we are in their league (even though we're in their division.. wierd huh?).... TAKE THE GLASSES OFF. We're not. I know any given sunday. Well not this sunday.

6 Oct 12 MIA @ HOU W - Miami? Really. They're going to be competitive in a lot of games. I REALLY don't think we're going to be one of their 4 wins.. GAWD I HOPE NOT.

7 Oct 19 DET @ HOU W 4-3. That's not a bad start. If only you lined up 11 receivers... Detroit would then have a verifyable draft strategy. What exactly are their strengths? I don't know and I'm not going to bother to do the research to be honest. Generally, I track a up and coming teams... I keep up with what's going on around the league. But when you look and see their roster you're like "wow... that guy plays in the league?"... I think we should beat those teams this year.

8 Bye

9 Nov 02 HOU @ MIN L - This is Jacksonville North. Ok so I'm not sold on Jackson at QB, but the rest of this team should scare the hell out of you. Top to bottom they have solid talent, and again fast runners with power (like MJD) kill us.

10 Nov 09 CIN @ HOU W This is a shoot out. I think our defense is just so much better that we've at least got to be able to get a stop or two.

11 Nov 16 HOU @ IND L See above

12 Nov 23 HOU @ CLE L - We saw them last year and they are a solid team. I really think this is one of those game that if its in Houston, we win, if its in CLE.. they win... I think we're just that closely matched. The sad thing is I can see them making the playoffs.

13 Dec 01 JAC @ HOU W - Surely this is a battle red game. Unlike last years which was only meaningful in a moral sense to us, and to them was completely meaningless. This time around, we're still in the hunt. Kinda similar to last year, we need a lot of things to go right.

14 Dec 07 HOU @ GB L - These guys are good. Everyone is saying "rogers... bad team"... anyone watch how he played against Dallas? It will be our first meaningful game in franchise history up there. And they will be fighting for a playoff seed so you know it will be crazy.

15 Dec 14 TEN @ HOU W - Bud, it took a while, but we're better than you. Oh and we're going to be better than you for quite a while. Sorry Vince... I loved ya as a horn... but thumbtacks look horrible on you.

16 Dec 21 HOU @ OAK W This game might be closer than we expect. Man that offense is bad. Man that defense is good.

17 Dec 28 CHI @ HOU W - It is after all Chicago. Only way we drop this game is if I'm wrong about a few (and I hope I am) and we've got playoffs locked up. Then we'll Jacksonville it, they'll get win #4 and everyone's happy.

I'm going with 9-7. Its better than before I sat down and analyzed the schedule but I'm worried about 2 games, Cincy and Oak. Cincy because man they should be able to put up some points this year. I know about Chad, but I think he had a bad year. He'll be back.... and TJ WHOSYOMAMMA... our DBs are going to really struggle that game IMHO. With Oakland. Any team that can play defense can hang around. Those are the two pitfalls I can see. I think we will jump up and surprise too so I think 8-8 or 9-7. I don't see us doing much better or worse because there are as many winalble games as there are loseable games. Now the usual injury disclaimer applies.

Mike

76Texan
06-26-2008, 03:03 AM
For the time being, I'll go 10-6.
I think we'll get out of the gate a bit stronger!

Still checking out the goods we have.
Glad to hear that Mike is giving us a winning season! :specnatz:

TK_Gamer
06-26-2008, 08:08 AM
12-4 if the starters stay healthy. Tied with Jacksonville or Indy for Division lead. NO.1 in NFL in Sacks and least sacks allowed. Top 5 offense, Top 5 defense. Mario beats single season sack record. We win the superbowl. (I'm feeling really positive ) :)

Texanmike02
06-26-2008, 09:42 AM
For the time being, I'll go 10-6.
I think we'll get out of the gate a bit stronger!

Still checking out the goods we have.
Glad to hear that Mike is giving us a winning season! :specnatz:

You know we have a real shot when I'm touting it!!!

Mike

Overalls
06-26-2008, 12:06 PM
What Vincent proved last season is that there will Always be games where he'll get the lazy left foot and can't hit the broad side of bulls butt @ fifteen yards. And his throwing motion is what it is. He is too old of a cat to change his stripes now.

That's why I think that the Titans are not worried about having a quality WR. They know that VY will never be more than a chunk it QB. I think they will be running the ball alot and using the 2 TE set a great deal so they don't have to worry about VY being able to hit WRs down field. VY has already been quoted as saying how much he likes their broken down FA TE that they picked up. I can see them hoping that their O-line can stand up DTs and DEs just long enough for VY to dump off the ball to a RB or TE. VY will have a yard per pass of somewhere around 5 yards and he will cut down on his INTs because he will only be allowed to really throw the ball 4 or 5 times a game. That will lead will lead to him having a good completion % and it will allow the ICOU to blame everything on someone else besides VY, once again. This time maybe it will be Jeff Fischer because the ICOU faithful think their new OC can do no wrong and that VY is the best QB in the history of the game.

GuerillaBlack
06-26-2008, 01:13 PM
That's why I think that the Titans are not worried about having a quality WR. They know that VY will never be more than a chunk it QB. I think they will be running the ball alot and using the 2 TE set a great deal so they don't have to worry about VY being able to hit WRs down field. VY has already been quoted as saying how much he likes their broken down FA TE that they picked up. I can see them hoping that their O-line can stand up DTs and DEs just long enough for VY to dump off the ball to a RB or TE. VY will have a yard per pass of somewhere around 5 yards and he will cut down on his INTs because he will only be allowed to really throw the ball 4 or 5 times a game. That will lead will lead to him having a good completion % and it will allow the ICOU to blame everything on someone else besides VY, once again. This time maybe it will be Jeff Fischer because the ICOU faithful think their new OC can do no wrong and that VY is the best QB in the history of the game.

David Carr like almost.

Heath Shuler
09-01-2008, 10:27 AM
10-6

Home wins: ravens, fins, lions, cinci, jags, titans, bears
Home losses: colts

Road wins: browns, packers, raiders
Road losses: steelers, titans, jags, vikings, colts

It will look bleak to many who are not true believers at the beginning of the season when we are 1&4.
5 game win streak to end the season.

threetoedpete
09-02-2008, 12:36 AM
12-4 if the starters stay healthy. Tied with Jacksonville or Indy for Division lead. NO.1 in NFL in Sacks and least sacks allowed. Top 5 offense, Top 5 defense. Mario beats single season sack record. We win the superbowl. (I'm feeling really positive ) :)

I need to know your doctors name. I want what ever you're having.

I think 9-7 is possible. I think 7-9 is more likely. And I think a lot of you have underestimated the moves Detroit made with their o-line this off season. I have this vision of Jack Reeves or Petie locked one on one with Calvin Johnson or Roy Williams. It's not pretty.

bckey
09-02-2008, 10:10 AM
8-8 again. Our defense being the reason for the same record as last year. If Okam plays like a probowler his rookie year, and we somehow find a pass rusher opposite Mario, and Molden plays as good as Dunta while he is out on pup then we will have a better record. Good thing is that Richard Smith will probably get fired after this season if he can't improve this defense.

chicagotexan2
09-02-2008, 10:18 AM
9-7. 2-4 in the division. Miss the playoffs yet again.

J-Russ
09-02-2008, 10:51 AM
09.07
@ Pittsburgh L
09.14
vs. Baltimore W
09.21
@ Tennessee W
09.28
@ Jacksonville L
10.05
vs. Indianapolis W
10.12
vs. Miami W
10.19
vs. Detroit W
10.26
Bye
11.02
@ Minnesota L
11.09
vs. Cincinnati W
11.16
@ Indianapolis L
11.23
@ Cleveland W
12.01
vs. Jacksonville W
12.07
@ Green Bay L
12.14
vs. Tennessee W
12.21
@ Oakland W
12.28
vs. Chicago W/L Depending on if we rest our starters.

10-6

btw, does anyone know what our other battle red day is? If it's against one of the team I put we lose to then you can change it to win.

mike moffat
09-02-2008, 11:08 AM
10 - 6.

Hagar
09-02-2008, 12:57 PM
09.07 @ Pittsburgh: W - With absolutely no O-line to speak of, we'll out score them in a shootout.
09.14 vs. Baltimore: W - No QB = no scoring.
09.21 @ Tennessee: W - Young looked terrible this preseason.
09.28 @ Jacksonville: L - I really like Jacksonville this year.
10.05 vs. Indianapolis: L - Its Indy
10.12 vs. Miami: W - If we can't beat Miami, we are in for a long season
10.19 vs. Detroit : W - See Miami comments
10.26 Bye
11.02 @ Minnesota: L - I think this could be a real test for our team.
11.09 vs. Cincinnati: W - Cinci has no D, we'll outscore them
11.16 @ Indianapolis: L - Its Indy
11.23 @ Cleveland: L - Anderson should be back by now. This is a good young team.
12.01 vs. Jacksonville: L - See previous comments.
12.07 @ Green Bay: L - real toss up on this one.
12.14 vs. Tennessee: W - its here, we'll win.
12.21 @ Oakland: W - See Miami comments.
12.28 vs. Chicago: W - See Miami comments.

9-7: No playoffs this year. Still too many weaknesses in the secondary and at running back.

mancunian
09-02-2008, 02:35 PM
9 - 7 and a play off wild card

threetoedpete
10-12-2008, 07:25 AM
DID YOU KNOW?: ē The Texans have played the second-toughest schedule in the league next to Cincinnati. Texans opponents are 13-6 (.684). Bengals opponents are 16-6 (.727).

ē The Texans' next four opponents (Miami, Detroit, Cincinnati and Minnesota) are a combined 3-14 (.176).

Told ya. that was one mofo of a starting five. The only break we got was a decent bye. And Ike ate that up.

http://blogs.chron.com/nfl/2008/10/nfl_notebook_manning_lobs_kind.html

ObsiWan
10-12-2008, 09:09 AM
DID YOU KNOW?: ē The Texans have played the second-toughest schedule in the league next to Cincinnati. Texans opponents are 13-6 (.684). Bengals opponents are 16-6 (.727).

ē The Texans' next four opponents (Miami, Detroit, Cincinnati and Minnesota) are a combined 3-14 (.176).

Told ya. that was one mofo of a starting five. The only break we got was a decent bye. And Ike ate that up.

http://blogs.chron.com/nfl/2008/10/nfl_notebook_manning_lobs_kind.html

yep... I have to hand it to ya. You called that one. And, to me, the encouraging part is that we were in all but one of those games... could have won two of 'em...
SHOULD have won the last one...

I suppose Slaton has surpassed your expectations too...?

Heath Shuler
12-29-2008, 09:45 AM
10-6

Home wins: ravens, fins, lions, cinci, jags, titans, bears
Home losses: colts

Road wins: browns, packers, raiders
Road losses: steelers, titans, jags, vikings, colts

It will look bleak to many who are not true believers at the beginning of the season when we are 1&4.
5 game win streak to end the season.

2008
home wins: fins, lions, cinci, jags, ten, chi
home losses: colts, ravens

road wins: browns, packers
road losses pit, ten, jags, colts, oak, min.

The home loss to indy was the most disappointing game of the season. I still donít understand how the freaking raiders manhandled us.

Kaiser Toro
12-29-2008, 09:48 AM
I need to know your doctors name. I want what ever you're having.

I think 9-7 is possible. I think 7-9 is more likely. And I think a lot of you have underestimated the moves Detroit made with their o-line this off season. I have this vision of Jack Reeves or Petie locked one on one with Calvin Johnson or Roy Williams. It's not pretty.

Classic!

Pantherstang84
12-29-2008, 09:52 AM
Classic!

lol:

bckey
12-29-2008, 11:09 AM
8-8 again. Our defense being the reason for the same record as last year. If Okam plays like a probowler his rookie year, and we somehow find a pass rusher opposite Mario, and Molden plays as good as Dunta while he is out on pup then we will have a better record. Good thing is that Richard Smith will probably get fired after this season if he can't improve this defense.

I had forgotten about this thread. Hopefully Richard Smith does get fired and we get a real dc.

Thorn
12-29-2008, 03:39 PM
Wow, this made me go back to see if I had posted in this thread. Check out my post from March of this year. Eerily accurate of me, if I do say so myself. We ended up the year averaging 115 ypgs rushing and was 13th in the league in rushing ypg. And we drafted Slaton in the 3rd round.

In any case, the Texans averaged 99 yards a game rushing last season. That ranks us in 22nd place. Given we now have Gibbs and will probably draft a rusher in the 3rd or 4th round, I say we should improve to 115 to 120 yards a game rushing. If this happens, we go 9-7 or 10-6 because we still havenít plugged all the holes in our defense yet. And probably wonít until we complete another off-season. Houston finished last year ranked 11th in passing, if we can improve from 22nd to someplace in the upper half of the league in rushing, weíll be competitive.