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Old 05-21-2004   #1
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Default If everyone stays healthy, how will we fare?

Ok, been away from the boards for a while. Infact I had to make a new name. My question is....

If we can manage to stay relatively healthy throughout the season, how will we fare over all? I went bold when I talked to my buddies. Now I'm locked in. I said if we stayed healthy we would beat Chicago overall, and make the playoffs.

Anyone eles share that opinion, or am I just blinded by loyalty? Tell me what you think.
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Ok, been away from the boards for a while. Infact I had to make a new name. My question is....

If we can manage to stay relatively healthy throughout the season, how will we fare over all? I went bold when I talked to my buddies. Now I'm locked in. I said if we stayed healthy we would beat Chicago overall, and make the playoffs.

Anyone eles share that opinion, or am I just blinded by loyalty? Tell me what you think.
If everyone stays healthy we will be 11-5.
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8-8

Greetings Marine, I have a close family member who was in the T-Bolts for several years.
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Greetings Marine, I have a close family member who was in the T-Bolts for several years.
That's cool man. Always good to meet more people in our little "community" Tell him I said thanks for the service and we'll take it from here.

Now on the football side of the house. I'm taking a lot of heat over my prediction out here! I've a limited amount of time on this box to research. I've seen many of the Texans latest news, but how are we stacking up against the rest of the NFL?
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We are an "On the way up" team. This season will likely be 8-8 with an OUTSIDE chance to be as good as 10-6, but we would need a lot of good breaks for that to happen.
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If everyone stays healthy, we should be 9-7, with our first wins over Indy and bud's bozos.
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Hey there Marine...I'm good ole US Army myself, I understand the "been away for a while" gig...I am thinking 9 maybe 10 wins and we will make a shot at the playoff's towards the end, my magic 8-ball is giving us a 50-50 shot at the wildcard.
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Always good to meet more people in our little "community" Tell him I said thanks for the service and we'll take it from here.
Cool. He's still serving. Flying for Fed Ex for a couple years now, but he also flys in the reserve squadron out of Ft. Worth. He just got called up and is going to S. Korea to backfill. "At least it's not a f-ing carrier" are his words.

Anyway, the reason I say 8-8 is because the Texans play in an extremely tough division. We are 2-10 in-division over the first two years. Going 3-3 this season would be a tremendous improvement.

San Diego should be a win - that's 4-3.

Against the NFC North, I'm predicting 2-2. Detroit and Chicago won't be gimee's. Detroit won 5 games at home last year including late season wins against the Rams and PAckers. We play them in their home opener - in a dome - on the road - they had a fantastic draft and will be improved. Chicago in December is never easy. GB and Minn at home will be great games. That's 6-5

Denver and KC on the road will be tough. That's 6-7.

Cleveland at home. Chalk up 7-7.

Oakland at home and the Jets on the Road. I see a 1-1 split. We couldn't beat Testaverde at home so why should it be any easier to beat Pennington on the road in December? The Raiders? Who knows about them. They fortified their DL something fierce but their offense may leave something to be desired.

8-8.

Anything more is gravy and it means we're in the wild card hunt.

I could understand 7-9 depending on circumstances.

I would be disappointed at 6-10, again depending on circumstances (read: key injuries).
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7-9 because of the tough division.
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I'm in the 7-9 to 9-7 camp myself. I think this is the year we gain national respect and by the end of the year we will be in position for a serious Super Bowl run in 2005.
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I'm in the 8-8 to 10-6 camp. Our defense could really be special in the second half of the season if they stay healthy.
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Anywhere from 7-9 to 9-7.

But certainly better than anything the Bears are going to do.
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9-7 or 10-6 and getting at least a wildcard slot but as I write this, there's something back there that tells me the Colts and Tutones are going to crater making the division a race between us and the Jags. How bout a 4 way tie ?
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Injuries are a part of the game but as long as we stay relatively healthy, Imma stickin' with my 11-5 prediction.
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Talking 9 or 10

As I stated in another post, the Texans will surprise folks. I see 9 or 10 W's.

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Sticking with 8-8.

It'd take a lot of luck to reach 10-6 and have a shot at the playoffs. I'd also be mildly disappointed with a 6-10 finish.
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I'd think 9-7 would be a reasonable guess for our record this year. Sure, we went 5-11 last year, but in 5 of those 11 loses we had the lead in the 4th quarter. Besides the NFL is a leauge of parody. A team like Oakland goes from the Super Bowl to the bottom of the league. I'd give the Texans an outside chance at 10-6. As far as Chicago goes, they aren't an easy team, but they have a new coach with a new system and will have some difficulty picking it up. Look for the Texans to ink out a win against the windy city crew. Also, they have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. With the AFC North putting up only one or possibly two competitive teams it opens up a spot for the Texans to sneak in. The AFC West won't be much better with San Diego and Oakland bringing up the rear behind KC and Denver. Anyways, bet on the Texans beating Chicago and Detroit from the NFC North, and possibly winning against GB but thats more of a stretch. Minnesota will definately escape with a win against the Texans. Look for the Texans to have their first winning season in the division.
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I am not so sure I would drop Oakland to the bottom of the heap. They have made a LOT of changes and we will have to see how it plays out. I suspect they will be at LEAST a middle of the pack team this year, possibly better. The Niners are the ones I think will be sucking wind big time this year. They don't seem to be making to many smart moves.

IMO, Detroit will be a lot tougher game than most are giving it credit for. They play tough at home in their dome and have upgraded the team. Of course the Vikes and Pack will be anything but pushovers. The Bears, well, they will probably be the most likely NFC Central win for us, not that we can't win the others, they will just be harder.
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Thanks for the service!
Don't worry, if you qualified your prediction with "if we stay healthy" - the sky is REALLY NOW - the limit. Everything is adding up great. The line is ready on both sides of the ball (looks like); we have depth; Carr is in his 3rd year and is pushing himself to take the team all the way; and D. Davis is not only talented, but tough, consistent, and ready to go. IF WE STAY HEALTHY I would say - 11-5.
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Hey trooper, welcome to the boards. I like the line on both sides of the ball things are looking pretty good. It is funny - it used to be a weak point of the team. I have the feeling that we will dominate in short distance situations. However, not to burst your bubble but 11-5 I believe is a stretch. I agree with -V- and his prediction with a 7-9 to 9-7 range. If they win 6 games, have a top 15 defense, and top 10 in the league in rushing the ball, I'd take that at the end of the year as a successful season. I think that Carr needs to quit throwing picks - especially in the 4th quarter and Hollings needs to be able to competently fill in for Davis when he needs a breather. Not to beat a dead horse or anything but our offensive line will be very very good.

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