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tylercoltsfan
09-09-2009, 12:26 AM
Sorry if this was already a thread.... I have not been here in a LOOOONG time.... I was just curious what some of you think the end record will be.... looking around this site, alot of you seem to think you wont do that good which dissapoints me because as a Colts fan I think the Texans have a good shot at competing for the title this year.... The Texans started off slow last year and finished pretty strong other then losing a couple weak games like to the Raiders.... However none the less if the Texans had won eve just 2 games last year at the start (which they should have against the Colts) They would have been 10-6 which is where I see them going this year.... I dont quite see them winning the division but to be honest I can see them having a better record then the Titans and Kitties.....

Dont worry the Steelers and Colts will help you out.... After the Steelers smash the Tits and the Colts pound the kitties.... hopefully the texans can pick up a win.... It would be sweet to see the Colts and Texans fighting for the divsion.... rather then the Titans who I think are way over rated and will most likely go 10-6 at best this year.
Anyway good luck to you guys this year.

mattieuk
09-09-2009, 12:36 AM
Dont worry the Steelers and Colts will help you out.... After the Steelers smash the Tits and the Colts pound the kitties.... hopefully the texans can pick up a win.... It would be sweet to see the Colts and Texans fighting for the divsion.... rather then the Titans who I think are way over rated and will most likely go 10-6 at best this year.
Anyway good luck to you guys this year.

I would be surprised/disappointed if the Titans pulled out a 10-6 season. I think it'll be the Texans and Colts probably fighting it out for the division. I would be surprised if 11-5 didn't win the division this year...most of the teams are either in a descendancy this year (Colts and Titans) or struggling to prove their supporters right (Jags and Texans).

I can see us pulling off a 10-6 record, and going all out for the division, getting pipped at the post by Indy, and missing out on a wildcard spot. It'll still be a 'moral victory' season though! We're good at them!

:fans:

tylercoltsfan
09-09-2009, 12:51 AM
I totally agree with you however I think in order to win the division a 12-4 will still have to be the number to win.... I could be wrong (obviously lol) but every year people think the Colts are destined to decline.... and every year whether it looks ugly or pretty they pull off at least twelve wins. Peyton Manning struggled at the beginning of last year coming off his surgery.... This year in pre season he looked like his old self and wont struggle coming into the season.... not to mention with the help of Donald Brown, and a healthy O line beefed up... there is no reason for the Colts not to have at least 12 wins...

Same can be said with the Texans... You can never count out the Matt to Andre connection... as well as the Texans running game should be pretty good this year (highly under rated) The only thing that will prevent the Texans from a nice 10-6, 11-5, 12-4 record is if matt schaub hurts himself again or something prevents him from playing for a few weeks... Other wise it will be a dog fight for that division.

barrett
09-09-2009, 01:08 AM
My prediction is we go 10-6 (2-4) and are in the running for a playoff spot but 3rd in the Division.

Joe Texan
09-09-2009, 01:10 AM
We Will Be 2 and 0 against the Dolts and 14 and 0 against the rest of the field

ObsiWan
09-09-2009, 01:49 AM
I think we have ten wins in us. But we won't make the playoffs.
Indy, Tenn., Pitts., and Balt. will win 11 or more. S.D. and N.E. will win their divisions with 9 and 10 wins, respectively. We'll get our first winning record, 10-6. But it'll be a bittersweet accomplishment.

brakos82
09-09-2009, 01:57 AM
I'm voting 10-6, 60% chance at playoffs.

imatexan
09-09-2009, 02:26 AM
NJ-W
@Tenn-L
JAX-W
Oak-W
@Ariz-L
@Cincy-W
San Fran-W
@Bufallo-W
@Indy-L
Tenn-W
Indy-L
@JAX-W
Sea-L
@St Louis-W
@Miami-W
NE-L

10-6

Maybe getting one of the Colts games.

:fans:

GuerillaBlack
09-09-2009, 03:02 AM
Our New England game will be shown on NBC. I'm calling it. Therefore, we'll still be in the playoff hunt around that time. :) I hope.

notafaker
09-09-2009, 07:03 AM
I'm going with 8-8 until they don't do it again.

GNTLEWOLF
09-09-2009, 07:25 AM
I'm going with 8-8 until they don't do it again.

After being overly optimistic after the draft, I have now come back to earth and I believe that you just may be right..

Thorn
09-09-2009, 08:22 AM
I'm going with 8-8 until they don't do it again.

Not bad, can't say I would disagree with any enthusiasm here. I do think we are certainly capable of winning more than eight, but we were last year also. This year we are a better team with an easier schedule. Hopefully that means we finally break the 8-8 barrier with 9 or more wins. Hell, who knows?

The Texans will win between 3 and 13 games this year. Mark my words on that. LOL

dalemurphy
09-09-2009, 08:57 AM
11-5 (4-2) and we win the division

Tennessee and Indy both win between 9 and 10 games.

for the record, I've never predicted the Texans would win the division before.

Texan_Bill
09-09-2009, 08:58 AM
19-0

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Shaft75
09-09-2009, 09:15 AM
19-0

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That pairs very nicely with our 19-10.

Vinny
09-09-2009, 09:28 AM
I'm on record for 9-7 (http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/08/houston_texans_predictions.php), so I guess I'll stick with that.

4Texans
09-09-2009, 09:34 AM
I'm going with 10-6 this year. The last two years, there was always two games that we should have won if we had just closed the deal.

Runner
09-09-2009, 09:35 AM
I'm going with 8-8 until they don't do it again.

That would be a fantastic 8-8 though, I bet. :)

I think, given the schedule, that 9-7 is about equivalent to 8-8 last year. I'm not making a prediction, but anything under 10-6 should be very disappointing to the entire oraganization - from the owner through the coaches and front office and down to the players.

Vinny
09-09-2009, 09:39 AM
That would be a fantastic 8-8 though, I bet. :)

I think, given the schedule, that 9-7 is about equivalent to 8-8 last year. I'm not making a prediction, but anything under 10-6 should be very disappointing to the entire oraganization - from the owner through the coaches and front office and down to the players.If they can play some legit D they have a shot. If not, we are stuck in .500ville, plus or minus a game. We can always hope that the Pats have nothing to play for at the end of the year and we can get our usual end of season winning streak playing teams that are resting for the playoffs. Somewhere I read that the Texans were the best team in the league when nothing is on the line.

Cjeremy635
09-09-2009, 09:44 AM
That would be a fantastic 8-8 though, I bet. :)

I think, given the schedule, that 9-7 is about equivalent to 8-8 last year. I'm not making a prediction, but anything under 10-6 should be very disappointing to the entire oraganization - from the owner through the coaches and front office and down to the players.

That's how I feel. It would be nice to go 12-4 or better, but until this team can be consistent, I don't see us going over 8-8.

ATXtexanfan
09-09-2009, 09:45 AM
I think we have ten wins in us. But we won't make the playoffs.
Indy, Tenn., Pitts., and Balt. will win 11 or more. S.D. and N.E. will win their divisions with 9 and 10 wins, respectively. We'll get our first winning record, 10-6. But it'll be a bittersweet accomplishment.
What he said

Vinny
09-09-2009, 09:48 AM
I think we have ten wins in us. But we won't make the playoffs.
Indy, Tenn., Pitts., and Balt. will win 11 or more. S.D. and N.E. will win their divisions with 9 and 10 wins, respectively. We'll get our first winning record, 10-6. But it'll be a bittersweet accomplishment.I don't see how this division is going to have 3 teams with 32+ victories combined. The Colts are in transition and the Tacks won't be as good as they were last season (imo of course).

Kaiser Toro
09-09-2009, 09:50 AM
9-7, well that is what my betting ticket says it better be. :)

infantrycak
09-09-2009, 09:55 AM
If they can play some legit D they have a shot. If not, we are stuck in .500ville, plus or minus a game. We can always hope that the Pats have nothing to play for at the end of the year and we can get our usual end of season winning streak playing teams that are resting for the playoffs. Somewhere I read that the Texans were the best team in the league when nothing is on the line.

To be fair, the Bears definitely had something on the line last season.

FirstTexansFan
09-09-2009, 09:58 AM
I'm with KT, I'll fudge on the conservative side with a 9 - 7 record. I'm afraid injuries will sneak up on us, and costs us anything more than that.

Runner
09-09-2009, 10:30 AM
That would be a fantastic 8-8 though, I bet. :)

I think, given the schedule, that 9-7 is about equivalent to 8-8 last year. I'm not making a prediction, but anything under 10-6 should be very disappointing to the entire oraganization - from the owner through the coaches and front office and down to the players.If they can play some legit D they have a shot. If not, we are stuck in .500ville, plus or minus a game. We can always hope that the Pats have nothing to play for at the end of the year and we can get our usual end of season winning streak playing teams that are resting for the playoffs. Somewhere I read that the Texans were the best team in the league when nothing is on the line.

If they finish 8-8ish, the team will probably be disappointed because, in no particular order or combination:

1) The defensive coaching change didn't help.
2) The last couple of drafts didn't lead to the direct improvement that some have predicted. Put another way, the Texans' drafts are average.
3) Kubiak has plateaued in what improvement he can make in this team.
4) Schaub IS injury prone. This may be more of a confirmation than a disappoinent.
5) The offense regressed. It would be extremely disappointing if this was case.

There will be other reasons for the Texans to maintain the status quo, but some of these listed were areas of focus. If that focus worked, the Texans shouldn't have to worry about 8-8 again.

bigbrewster2000
09-09-2009, 10:31 AM
Im going to go with the similar prediction that I made last year and I think even the year before, somewhere between 0-16 and 19-0. I know I know really bold:turtle::cow::specnatz::splits:

Vinny
09-09-2009, 10:32 AM
If they finish 8-8ish, the team will probably be disappointed because, in no particular order or combination:

1) The defensive coaching change didn't help.
2) The last couple of drafts didn't lead to the direct improvement that some have predicted. Put another way, the Texans' drafts are average.
3) Kubiak has plateaued in what improvement he can make in this team.
4) Schaub IS injury prone. This may be more of a confirmation than a disappoinent.
5) The offense regressed. It would be extremely disappointing if this was case.

There will be other reasons for the Texans to maintain the status quo, but some of these listed were areas of focus. If that focus worked, the Texans shouldn't have to worry about 8-8 again.
I won't be happy with 8-8 nearly a decade into this and no winning seasons...ever, but I'm a realist. Hopefully this team can come together and play with more toughness. I think we have a shot at a better record...they just need to walk the walk instead of just talk the talk.

gtexan02
09-09-2009, 10:38 AM
Weve got a favorable schedule this year, so I think 10-6 is a possibility--especially if we start fast. I'd say injuries and/or a slow start are the two main things that could hold us back

Runner
09-09-2009, 10:55 AM
If they finish 8-8ish, the team will probably be disappointed because, in no particular order or combination:

1) The defensive coaching change didn't help.
2) The last couple of drafts didn't lead to the direct improvement that some have predicted. Put another way, the Texans' drafts are average.
3) Kubiak has plateaued in what improvement he can make in this team.
4) Schaub IS injury prone. This may be more of a confirmation than a disappoinent.
5) The offense regressed. It would be extremely disappointing if this was case.

There will be other reasons for the Texans to maintain the status quo, but some of these listed were areas of focus. If that focus worked, the Texans shouldn't have to worry about 8-8 again.
I won't be happy with 8-8 nearly a decade into this and no winning seasons...ever, but I'm a realist. Hopefully this team can come together and play with more toughness. I think we have a shot at a better record...they just need to walk the walk instead of just talk the talk.

I agree with this 100%.

I keep saying the TEAM will be disappointed, because I'm not sure what MY expectations are. I might be more inclined to say I'm "resigned" to 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7 rather than "disappointed".

However, they can win 10 or more games and render this whole topic moot. Then I won't be so much "surprised" as "relieved".

DocBar
09-09-2009, 11:01 AM
Just looking at the schedule, I see 12-4 being possible, using the same division record as last year. In all honesty, I think 10-6 is more realistic. We seldom step on an opponents throat and rip their heart out. Until we develope a killer instinct, we'll always leave a couple of wins on the field.

Goldensilence
09-09-2009, 11:06 AM
I think the team has 10 in them, I'd be happy with a 3-3 in division mark because of what a tough division we play in.

Vinny
09-09-2009, 11:08 AM
Weve got a favorable schedule this year, so I think 10-6 is a possibility--especially if we start fast. I'd say injuries and/or a slow start are the two main things that could hold us back

Just looking at the schedule, I see 12-4 being possible, using the same division record as last year. In all honesty, I think 10-6 is more realistic. We seldom step on an opponents throat and rip their heart out. Until we develope a killer instinct, we'll always leave a couple of wins on the field. The "better" teams change from year to year so it's hard to figure out how hard your schedule is right now.

SICLICK
09-09-2009, 11:21 AM
Realistically ....8-8 maybe 7-9

Runner
09-09-2009, 11:45 AM
The "better" teams change from year to year so it's hard to figure out how hard your schedule is right now.

I consider the schedule easier in structure. No long road trip to start season, no weird bye week, probably no hurricane.

If these were reasons that the schedule was tough last year, their absence should make the schedule easier. If one doesn't agree with the first premise it isn't necessarily judged as easier at this point.

infantrycak
09-09-2009, 11:51 AM
I consider the schedule easier in structure. No long road trip to start season, no weird bye week, probably no hurricane.

If these were reasons that the schedule was tough last year, their absence should make the schedule easier. If one doesn't agree with the first premise it isn't necessarily judged as easier at this point.

I agree with your points but would raise one in balance against. Weeks 9-13 where we play four division games in a row (with a bye week in there). That stretch is murderous.

OzzO
09-09-2009, 01:19 PM
Well, $0.25 and a prediction will get you... at least 5 of the 9 "experts" at SI.com noted us making the playoffs as wild card or division winner...

SI's crystal ball (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/09/07/crystal.ball1/index.html)

swtbound07
09-09-2009, 01:22 PM
my writeup for the season (because I said I would)

2009 Houston Texans Preview
Coming off 2 straight decidedly mediocre 8-8 years, hope springs eternal in Houston that THIS IS THE YEAR that we break .500 for the first time, and maybe sniff a playoff chase. The schedule is not kind to these aspirations:
New York Jets
@ tenn
Jacksonville
Oakland
@ Arizona
@ Cincinnati
San Francisco
@ Buffalo
@ Indy
BYE
Tenn
Indy
@ Jacksonville
Seattle
@ St Louis
@ Miami
New England

The Jets game this weekend will be a telling one. If the Texans can beat the teams they are better than, and lose to the teams they are worse than then they should go 10-6, with losses to indy twice, Tennessee twice, new England, and Miami. If they lose to the jets and cardinals, its probably another 8-8 year.


Offense: Offensively the Texans return all 5 starters from an offensive line that was pretty solid last year. Duane Brown should continue to improve at Left Tackle, and the unit should grown stronger as the season progresses.
Quarterback: Matt Schaub is a top 5 NFL QB when he stays healthy. Unfortunately Anne Frank has more chance of finishing her book than Matt Schaub has of playing all 16 games in a season. This means that one or more games will be placed in the hands of our current #2, Rex ďAt Least I Donít Have To Fight Kyle Orton For A Job AnymoreĒ Grossman. Hopefully Schaub can stay healthy, and we donít have to watch Grossman or Dan Orlovsky play football anytime this season.
Running Back: Steve Slaton is one of the best in the league and should thrive with a better offensive line, and Chris Brown is theoretically finally healthy again and should help remove the load from Slaton and allow him to stay fresher.
Wide Receiver: With Apologies to Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and its really not that close. He should finish with about 120 catches and 1500 yards, 10tds. Heís so talented he makes Kevin Walter a viable number 2.
The offense should continue to move down the field easily and remain one of the top 5 in the NFL. They are going to have to, because the Defense is going to suck.
D Line: Mario Williams is one of the best DEís in the league, and should enjoy a 15 sack season. Other than him, and in spite of 5 first or second round draft picks we have no effective personnel. Amobi Okoye has been a massively disappointing bust, Free Agent Antonio Smith hasnít flashed a spark of potential in preseason, and 2nd round pick Connor Barwin looks really akward and confused whenever he ventures out onto the field.
Linebackers: Demeco Ryans is immensely talented and in a contract year. Look for him to put up probowl numbers at the MLB position. Rookie Brian Cushing will get the nod to start beside him, by nature of being their first round pick and the lack of competition. 7th Round pick from last year Zac Diles will start on the other side of what should be a linebacking corps that can neither cover nor effectively tackle.
Secondary: Dunta Robinson has finally ended his holdout, and will play vs. the Jets in week 1. How effective he can be with no practice remains to be seen. After robinson, there are no players in the Texans Secondary that deserve to be starting for an NFL franchise. Free Safety play will continue to be a weakness for the Texans, and they will pay for it in the form of 50+ yard TDís repeatedly this year.
Coaching: Gary Kubiak is great at almost every aspect of the job of being an NFL coach except for the challenging part. Everytime he throws that red flag, it costs the team a timeout. If someone steals that flag from him we might all be better off.
Final Prediction: A bad defense, a great offense, another Matt Schaub injury, and some frustrating losses make for one more 8-8 Season. Until they draft a defense to match that offense, they will continue to be mired in mediocrity.

The Pencil Neck
09-09-2009, 01:24 PM
I've been saying 9-7 for a couple of years now. And I'll keep saying it until we actually put a winning season together.

Of course, I'm hoping for more but I don't have enough confidence in our interior d-line or our DB's.

dalemurphy
09-09-2009, 01:29 PM
my writeup for the season (because I said I would)

2009 Houston Texans Preview
Coming off 2 straight decidedly mediocre 8-8 years, hope springs eternal in Houston that THIS IS THE YEAR that we break .500 for the first time, and maybe sniff a playoff chase. The schedule is not kind to these aspirations:
New York Jets
@ tenn
Jacksonville
Oakland
@ Arizona
@ Cincinnati
San Francisco
@ Buffalo
@ Indy
BYE
Tenn
Indy
@ Jacksonville
Seattle
@ St Louis
@ Miami
New England

The Jets game this weekend will be a telling one. If the Texans can beat the teams they are better than, and lose to the teams they are worse than then they should go 10-6, with losses to indy twice, Tennessee twice, new England, and Miami. If they lose to the jets and cardinals, its probably another 8-8 year.


Offense: Offensively the Texans return all 5 starters from an offensive line that was pretty solid last year. Duane Brown should continue to improve at Left Tackle, and the unit should grown stronger as the season progresses.
Quarterback: Matt Schaub is a top 5 NFL QB when he stays healthy. Unfortunately Anne Frank has more chance of finishing her book than Matt Schaub has of playing all 16 games in a season. This means that one or more games will be placed in the hands of our current #2, Rex “At Least I Don’t Have To Fight Kyle Orton For A Job Anymore” Grossman. Hopefully Schaub can stay healthy, and we don’t have to watch Grossman or Dan Orlovsky play football anytime this season.
Running Back: Steve Slaton is one of the best in the league and should thrive with a better offensive line, and Chris Brown is theoretically finally healthy again and should help remove the load from Slaton and allow him to stay fresher.
Wide Receiver: With Apologies to Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and its really not that close. He should finish with about 120 catches and 1500 yards, 10tds. He’s so talented he makes Kevin Walter a viable number 2.
The offense should continue to move down the field easily and remain one of the top 5 in the NFL. They are going to have to, because the Defense is going to suck.
D Line: Mario Williams is one of the best DE’s in the league, and should enjoy a 15 sack season. Other than him, and in spite of 5 first or second round draft picks we have no effective personnel. Amobi Okoye has been a massively disappointing bust, Free Agent Antonio Smith hasn’t flashed a spark of potential in preseason, and 2nd round pick Connor Barwin looks really akward and confused whenever he ventures out onto the field.
Linebackers: Demeco Ryans is immensely talented and in a contract year. Look for him to put up probowl numbers at the MLB position. Rookie Brian Cushing will get the nod to start beside him, by nature of being their first round pick and the lack of competition. 7th Round pick from last year Zac Diles will start on the other side of what should be a linebacking corps that can neither cover nor effectively tackle.
Secondary: Dunta Robinson has finally ended his holdout, and will play vs. the Jets in week 1. How effective he can be with no practice remains to be seen. After robinson, there are no players in the Texans Secondary that deserve to be starting for an NFL franchise. Free Safety play will continue to be a weakness for the Texans, and they will pay for it in the form of 50+ yard TD’s repeatedly this year.
Coaching: Gary Kubiak is great at almost every aspect of the job of being an NFL coach except for the challenging part. Everytime he throws that red flag, it costs the team a timeout. If someone steals that flag from him we might all be better off.
Final Prediction: A bad defense, a great offense, another Matt Schaub injury, and some frustrating losses make for one more 8-8 Season. Until they draft a defense to match that offense, they will continue to be mired in mediocrity.


Wow, if SWTbound is predicting 8 wins then I need to up my prediction to 12-4. Man, this is awesome.

For those who don't know, you can add 4 wins to SWTbound's yearly prediction to get the team's actual win total. Man, I'm stoked!

infantrycak
09-09-2009, 01:41 PM
my writeup for the season (because I said I would)

Diles was drafted in 2007 not 2008. I think your Barwin comments reflect an agenda rather than his play.

swtbound07
09-09-2009, 01:46 PM
Diles was drafted in 2007 not 2008. I think your Barwin comments reflect an agenda rather than his play.

both comments are probably valid.

Runner
09-09-2009, 01:50 PM
I consider the schedule easier in structure. No long road trip to start season, no weird bye week, probably no hurricane.

If these were reasons that the schedule was tough last year, their absence should make the schedule easier. If one doesn't agree with the first premise it isn't necessarily judged as easier at this point.

I agree with your points but would raise one in balance against. Weeks 9-13 where we play four division games in a row (with a bye week in there). That stretch is murderous.

It may indeed be difficult stretch. I guess that's when the Texans can prove they are a good, tough team.

Vinny
09-10-2009, 02:18 PM
from Adam Wexler's twitter page....apparently ND Kalu is throwing down the 11-5 prediction

N.D. Kalu in studio with me (@awexler) on SportsRadio610 from 7-8pm. He explains his 11-5 prediction for the Texans http://bit.ly/tJtDq http://twitter.com/awexler

ObsiWan
09-10-2009, 02:57 PM
I don't see how this division is going to have 3 teams with 32+ victories combined. The Colts are in transition and the Tacks won't be as good as they were last season (imo of course).

We did it last year when the top 3 teams in the AFC South had 33 wins...
Tenn 13-3
Indy 12-4
Hou 8-8
tot.33-15

I think we can do it again. Especially when we're playing weaker divisions this year than we did last year;
i.e., AFC North last year vs. AFC East this year
and NFC North last year vs. NFC West this year.

no... I don't see why not.

Vinny
09-10-2009, 02:58 PM
We did it last year when the top 3 teams in the AFC South had 33 wins...
Tenn 13-3
Indy 12-4
Hou 8-8
tot.33-15

I think we can do it again. Especially when we're playing weaker divisions this year than we did last year;
i.e., AFC North last year vs. AFC East this year
and NFC North last year vs. NFC West this year.

no... I don't see why not.
I don't see it because imo both the Colts and the Titans aren't as good as they were last season. Speculation of course, but the games begin in a few hours!

ObsiWan
09-10-2009, 03:33 PM
I don't see it because imo both the Colts and the Titans aren't as good as they were last season. Speculation of course, but the games begin in a few hours!

Well of course its speculation.
If I actually KNEW anything, I wouldn't be screwing off here at work typing. I'd be out in Vegas building my retirement fund!

:money: :coolb: :money:

I think the Colts have enough in the tank to pull off 11 wins; mainly because all but two of their "tough" games are in the division. Outside division opponents, the Colts play Miami, AZ, SEA, STL, SF, the N.E. Bradys, the Ravens, Denver, the Jets, and Bills. And they get to play Brady's bunch at home! I don't see anyone but division opponents, the Bradys and Ravens giving them trouble.

Exchange the Steelers for the Ravens and the Chargers for the Broncos and you have the Titans' schedule. The "Any Given Sunday" caveat notwithstanding, is there anyone on that list (besides division opponents, the Steelers, Ravens, & Chargers) that you actually expect to beat the Titans? So if the Tacks split with us and the Colts and lose to the aforementioned three teams, there's your 11-5 right there.

So if we hold up our end of the bargain and win 10 games, 32-33 wins out of the AFC South is quite doable.
just my :twocents:

spurstexanstros
09-10-2009, 06:20 PM
10-6 until proven otherwise......deja vu have I said that before?

Ryan
09-10-2009, 06:25 PM
until i see a loss, i'm just rolling with 19-0:texflag:

IlliniJen
09-10-2009, 06:28 PM
I'm going with 8-8 because I'm going to pretend to be from Missouri, the "Show me" state. I have been SOOOOOOO optimistic over the past couple of seasons only be be let down, so while I would love to see 10-6 or 11-5, I have to be realistic.

I did, however, swear rather loudly at my computer after reading TSN's 7-9 prediction. And you don't even want to know what I said after reading their NFL top 100 list and saw were AJ and Mario were. The paint started peeling off the wall from the loud obscenities. That I yelled at a web page.

brakos82
09-10-2009, 06:42 PM
I'm going with 8-8 because I'm going to pretend to be from Missouri, the "Show me" state. I have been SOOOOOOO optimistic over the past couple of seasons only be be let down, so while I would love to see 10-6 or 11-5, I have to be realistic.

I did, however, swear rather loudly at my computer after reading TSN's 7-9 prediction. And you don't even want to know what I said after reading their NFL top 100 list and saw were AJ and Mario were. The paint started peeling off the wall from the loud obscenities. That I yelled at a web page.

Welcome to the Internet. :scarygirl:

b0ng
09-10-2009, 06:54 PM
9-7. Until the Texans can shake that awful habit of "choking" "blowing it" and "giving up" then I will be pleasantly surprised. I think all of the pieces are there on the D and the O but for some reason we can't seem to put it together.

In the end I think if the Colts and the Titans take a step back we'll compete. And I hate having to rely on teams going backwards rather than us going forward.

Showtime100
09-10-2009, 07:12 PM
9-7. Until the Texans can shake that awful habit of "choking" "blowing it" and "giving up" then I will be pleasantly surprised. I think all of the pieces are there on the D and the O but for some reason we can't seem to put it together.

In the end I think if the Colts and the Titans take a step back we'll compete. And I hate having to rely on teams going backwards rather than us going forward.

THAT'S pretty much my take, right there. I've seen some Texan traits in this preseason and I'm not convinced of anything. But I sure am hopeful. :fans:

BigBull17
09-11-2009, 12:47 PM
my writeup for the season (because I said I would)

2009 Houston Texans Preview
Coming off 2 straight decidedly mediocre 8-8 years, hope springs eternal in Houston that THIS IS THE YEAR that we break .500 for the first time, and maybe sniff a playoff chase. The schedule is not kind to these aspirations:
New York Jets
@ tenn
Jacksonville
Oakland
@ Arizona
@ Cincinnati
San Francisco
@ Buffalo
@ Indy
BYE
Tenn
Indy
@ Jacksonville
Seattle
@ St Louis
@ Miami
New England

The Jets game this weekend will be a telling one. If the Texans can beat the teams they are better than, and lose to the teams they are worse than then they should go 10-6, with losses to indy twice, Tennessee twice, new England, and Miami. If they lose to the jets and cardinals, its probably another 8-8 year.


Offense: Offensively the Texans return all 5 starters from an offensive line that was pretty solid last year. Duane Brown should continue to improve at Left Tackle, and the unit should grown stronger as the season progresses.
Quarterback: Matt Schaub is a top 5 NFL QB when he stays healthy. Unfortunately Anne Frank has more chance of finishing her book than Matt Schaub has of playing all 16 games in a season. This means that one or more games will be placed in the hands of our current #2, Rex ďAt Least I Donít Have To Fight Kyle Orton For A Job AnymoreĒ Grossman. Hopefully Schaub can stay healthy, and we donít have to watch Grossman or Dan Orlovsky play football anytime this season.
Running Back: Steve Slaton is one of the best in the league and should thrive with a better offensive line, and Chris Brown is theoretically finally healthy again and should help remove the load from Slaton and allow him to stay fresher.
Wide Receiver: With Apologies to Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and its really not that close. He should finish with about 120 catches and 1500 yards, 10tds. Heís so talented he makes Kevin Walter a viable number 2.
The offense should continue to move down the field easily and remain one of the top 5 in the NFL. They are going to have to, because the Defense is going to suck.
D Line: Mario Williams is one of the best DEís in the league, and should enjoy a 15 sack season. Other than him, and in spite of 5 first or second round draft picks we have no effective personnel. Amobi Okoye has been a massively disappointing bust, Free Agent Antonio Smith hasnít flashed a spark of potential in preseason, and

2nd round pick Connor Barwin looks really akward and confused whenever he ventures out onto the field.


Linebackers: Demeco Ryans is immensely talented and in a contract year. Look for him to put up probowl numbers at the MLB position. Rookie Brian Cushing will get the nod to start beside him, by nature of being their first round pick and the lack of competition. 7th Round pick from last year Zac Diles will start on the other side of what should be a linebacking corps that can neither cover nor effectively tackle.
Secondary: Dunta Robinson has finally ended his holdout, and will play vs. the Jets in week 1. How effective he can be with no practice remains to be seen. After robinson, there are no players in the Texans Secondary that deserve to be starting for an NFL franchise. Free Safety play will continue to be a weakness for the Texans, and they will pay for it in the form of 50+ yard TDís repeatedly this year.
Coaching: Gary Kubiak is great at almost every aspect of the job of being an NFL coach except for the challenging part. Everytime he throws that red flag, it costs the team a timeout. If someone steals that flag from him we might all be better off.
Final Prediction: A bad defense, a great offense, another Matt Schaub injury, and some frustrating losses make for one more 8-8 Season. Until they draft a defense to match that offense, they will continue to be mired in mediocrity.

Really? All I've seen from Barwin is explosiveness and a pretty good natural instinct. Weird.

hot pickle
09-11-2009, 12:58 PM
im gonna say 8-8... im just not convinced that schaub can stay healthy all year... the guy is made of glass one big hit and hes done

Texaninlild
09-11-2009, 01:15 PM
NJ-W
@Tenn-L
JAX-W
Oak-W
@Ariz-W
@Cincy-W
San Fran-W
@Bufallo-L
@Indy-L
Tenn-W
Indy-W
@JAX-L
Sea-W
@St Louis-W
@Miami-W
NE-L

11-5 with a playoff appearance :ant: