Can the Texans be next season's Cards?

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  1. Wolf

    Wolf 100% Texan

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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/ross_tucker/02/04/takes/index.html
     
  2. DiehardChris

    DiehardChris You betcha!

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    If we're the Cards next season - we won't make the playoffs. They went 9-7 despite having two games each against StL, SF, and Seattle. If we play like them, we'll be right around where we finished this year or worse.
     
  3. Carr Bombed

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    I'm pretty sure they were just talking about postseason success and coming out of nowhere and ending up in the Superbowl.

    Regular season wise, we actually played better than the Cardinals.......if we had their schedule and played in that division we would of been in the playoffs last season with a record most likely better than 9-7. Texans had a tough schedule last year.
     
  4. gtexan02

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    Short answer: Yes. Superbowl 2010 baby
     
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    It's always a possibility in the off-season. We have the firepower offensively to compete with anyone but we HAVE to improve the defense to middle of the pack at least before we can look realistically at post-season play.

    I however, am confident we can make those strides if we use our resources and personnel wisely this off-season. If we can get our DTs to play in opposing teams backfields instead of trying to hold the line like they attempted to this year I think we'll see much better results. What is going to hurt us most is playing in the division we do. IF we can go 3-3 in the division i like our shot at making the playoffs this coming year.
     
  6. Texan_Bill

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    I'd rather be the next Steelers than the Cards... :specnatz:


    ...just sayin'.
     
  7. gtexan02

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    The good news about the Texans is that we always seem to play our best football at the end of the season. All we need to do is make the playoffs, and then all bets are off. If we make the playoffs, and have relative healthy players, I like our chances at the superbowl. Im just sayin
     
  8. Polo

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    I'd rather just be next seasons Texans...whatever thats gonna be...

    A better question though is, Next season can we beat the Cards...
     


  9. Jackie Chiles

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    We play them in Arizona and they have turned themselves into a really good home team (much like we have). I think we can improve as a road team next year but we will probably be average at best. Unless Warner retires the odds definitely favor the Cards.
     
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    vugg it. if the Texans make it to the Superbowl...I want em to WIN damn it!
     
  11. Mr teX

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    is this what we've been reduced to? wishing to be the cardinals? The 2 playoff appearances in 60 years cardinals?
     
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    Nobody is saying they want 60 years of futility in this thread. It is simply a comparison of two non-mainstream franchises, one of which, Arizona, made it to the big show this year. Why try and turn this thread into something else?
     
  13. Goldensilence

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    Offseason hyperbole?
     
  14. TexanSam

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    If this season was any indication, that's going to be one high scoring game. Maybe over 1000 yards of total offense
     
  15. Nawzer

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    I really think we can. But that's my mentality every year. If you're not aiming for the Super Bowl then it's not worth it.
     
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    I don't think it'll be possible to be the Cardinals because the South has been a meat grinder the last few years. Playing Manning and Haynesworth twice a year is bad enough, throw in Jacksonville who can be a real Jekyll and Hyde from one season to the next the whole division is capable of winning from year to year.

    Hopefully two of the teams not named "Texans" that play in the AFC South will take a step back next year and we have a shot. We have talent that can shine in the limelight, but the AFC is so treacherous right now that you have to be pretty unbelievable to beat the Pats, Steelers, Chargers, and Colts in playoff settings. All we have to do is beat at least one or a combination of those teams and we're good.

    If we make it into the playoffs next year, I'm willing to bet that we have a double digit win total and most analysts will have to take us somewhat seriously.
     
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    This is our problem. instead of hoping that we are legitimately better than other teams, they have to take a step backwards for us to have a shot.

    I legitimately think we'll be better than both jacksonville AND indianapolis next year. I also think we can beat Tennessee at least 1/2.
     
  18. Lucky

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    During the regular season, the Cardinals went 2-6 versus teams with winning records. The Texans went 3-6. The dissimilarity between the two teams is that Arizona didn't hiccup against the weaker opponents. The Texans had 2 losses to 5-11 teams. Nope, there's nothing inherent in the record that would suggest that the Texans, playing against the same schedule, would fare better than the Cardinals.

    The Cardinals were able to convert yards gained into points scored. The Texans were not. The Cardinals only went 3 games where they scored under 20 points. The Texans faild to make it to 20 on 6 occasions. The Cardinals put up 30 in 7 games. The Texans did so in 3. And despite their much maligned defense, the Texans were able to win twice when held to 16 points or less. The Cardinals never won when scoring less than 23 points.

    So can the Texans be the 2009 Cardinals? It would help if they could sweep their division, as Arizona did. Or at least win the division. Also, beat up on the weak sisters on the schedule. And turn those 1st downs into touchdowns. It can be done. It remains to be seen if it will be done. Whisenhunt turned his franchise around in 2 seasons. We'll see if Kubiak can do the same in his 4th.
     
  19. WesmanTexanfan

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    I think we are better than the cardinals as it is....

    There is alot to be said though for the types of intangibles that carry you through a post season. I dont want to be next years cardinals, now that we have had a non losinng season, nothing short of a Super Bowl Win will satisfy me.
     
  20. dalemurphy

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    9-7 gets you a distant third place finish in the AFC South... By the way, NE finished 11-5 and didn't make the playoffs. Furthermore, Arizona could've finished 7-9 and still rested its players in week 17 in order to get ready for the playoffs. The Texans have to figure out how to be really good and really consistant if they want a trip to the playoffs.
     

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