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JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
I know it's not good to get ahead of ourselves, but I heard something from SportsRadio 610 and also from the NFL Network that's very interesting so I looked at the teams going into the playoffs and this is a real possibility. Looking at the remaining schedules of the teams at the top of the AFC as of right now and the Texans remaining schedule, this is what could possibly be...

This is assuming the Texans win their remaining games of course, or possibly lose just 1 more.

The Chiefs sitting at 9-2 have to face these teams in the last 5 of the season...

The Raiders
The Ravens
The Chargers
The Seahawks

and The Raiders

There are a few tough games left on their schedule in the Ravens, Chargers and Seahawks. There is a possibility that the Chiefs could lose 2 of those games and possibly even all 3. That would leave the Chiefs with a 12-4 record or possibly an 11-5 record. That would go a long way to helping out the Texans when it's all said and done.

The Patriots who are 8-3 have to face these 5 teams on their remaining schedule...

The Vikings
The Dolphins
The Steelers
The Bills
and The Jets

In this scenario, the tough teams that could beat the Patriots are the Vikings and the Steelers. Just losing one of these games would put the Texans ahead of the Patriots, but losing 2 would add to the padding since the possible record could be either 12-4 or 11-5.

Then there is the Chargers who are 8-3 and have to face...

The Steelers
The Bengals
The Chiefs
The Ravens

and The Broncos

The 4 teams that could give the Chargers a problem are the Steelers, the Chiefs, the Ravens and the Broncos. It would be good if they could at least beat the Chiefs to help out the Texans. Who really cares about the others although it would be good if they lose just 1 more to pad a possible Texans lead in the final standings.

And Finally, The Steelers who are 7-3-1 facing these five teams to end their season...

The Chargers
The Raiders
The Patriots
The Saints

and The Bengals

The ones in red, of course, are the teams that could give the Steelers trouble. I'm hoping they can beat the Chargers and Patriots to help out our Texans in the final standings. The others, who cares?

Basically, if these scenarios come to fruition and the Texans win out or lose only 1 more game, with a little wiggle room given them by some of these teams losing 2 or more of their remaining games, the Texans could end up with possibly a 13-3 or even 12-4 record and get the Bye as well as home field advantage throughout the playoffs by virtue of their record. It's a long shot, but with a little help, it's a very real possibility.

Thoughts?





 
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House of Pain

Knee-jerkless
I know you aren't banking on this but we have a chance. First and foremost, the Texans need to beat the teams they play. The only thing I would question is that HISTORICALLY the Patriots play their best football to close out the season. Doesn't mean that will happen this year, but usually they play at a higher level. I will say that if by the grace of the football gods, do win out and somehow get the #1, I would be legitimately excited to see how far they could make it. Definitely not a given, but with Watson at the helm, I think we can win those big games that he usually lose.
 

Norg

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the steelers are out its a 3 way race I guess with us chiefs and pats

its going to be tough for us I just think or have that feeling that we will lose both road games against the jets and Philly heck the browns could beat us either way ...we shall cee
 

JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
the steelers are out its a 3 way race I guess with us chiefs and pats

its going to be tough for us I just think or have that feeling that we will lose both road games against the jets and Philly heck the browns could beat us either way ...we shall cee
I really don't think the Texans will lose to the Browns, Jets or Eagles, but the Colts here at home could be the problem. The thing the Texans need to do is what they've been doing all season. One game at a time. Concentrate and put their best game on the field every game to finish the season. We can only watch and see.
 
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bigmck

Rookie
The Texans have the easiest schedule of the contending teams. We don't have anyone over .500 as of now. Having the Number One Seed would be great, but just getting the Bye would sure make the Playoffs easier. == I'm sorry. I didn't mean to say the "Word".

 

Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
I remember last year when I was banging that 'stength of schedule' drum and how it does make a difference in the big picture and all I got was the 'gotta play who you gotta play' or 'the whole division has a hard schedule' gem .. yup. Im glad the Texans will face a team on fire in Indy next week and hopefully gets pushed to the limits or even loses. All this beating up on weak teams builds a bravado that has a tendency to get slapped in the playoffs. Like did they use up all of their grit coming back from 0-3 and now they wont really have to deal with any more adversity?
 

JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
I remember last year when I was banging that 'stength of schedule' drum and how it does make a difference in the big picture and all I got was the 'gotta play who you gotta play' or 'the whole division has a hard schedule' gem .. yup. Im glad the Texans will face a team on fire in Indy next week and hopefully gets pushed to the limits or even loses. All this beating up on weak teams builds a bravado that has a tendency to get slapped in the playoffs. Like did they use up all of their grit coming back from 0-3 and now they wont really have to deal with any more adversity?
Every game is adversity. Every team has professional players. The best in the world. They are playing because they were better then everyone else that tried to make it. That goes for every team. It isn't bravado. It's pay back. Every team has their time. Who says it's not the Texans time? All we can do is watch this team. If they keep their mantra for "one game at a time" who says they can't do it? This team is different then any we've watched. Give them a chance. They may be the same old team, then again, the Watson effect could take hold and launch this team to places we've only hoped they could go. All we want is a winning team for a change. Hopefully, this Texans team can give us that soon. Maybe this year, maybe next. Who knows? We'll see.
 

Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
Every game is adversity. Every team has professional players. The best in the world. They are playing because they were better then everyone else that tried to make it. That goes for every team. It isn't bravado. It's pay back. Every team has their time. Who says it's not the Texans time? All we can do is watch this team. If they keep their mantra for "one game at a time" who says they can't do it? This team is different then any we've watched. Give them a chance. They may be the same old team, then again, the Watson effect could take hold and launch this team to places we've only hoped they could go. All we want is a winning team for a change. Hopefully, this Texans team can give us that soon. Maybe this year, maybe next. We'll see.
I enjoy optimism as much as the next guy - I dont envision myself as overly cynical but this team and in particular this citys football teams have done a number on my psyche. We've all played ball Im sure .. high school varsity, getting to scrimmage against the JV, or one year I remember a super cocky freshman A team that needed a lesson in humility, but no matter how good we played against inferior competition it never fully prepared me for that first hit in a playoff game and I still remember saying "dang these guys hit harder, are faster and they play great together" im not advocating a losers mentality because the Texans have shown that they belong on the field and lately are showing that they can battle back from a deficit, but there is nothing like facing great competition to get you ready for a run IMO. Look at how the 2012 Ravens were conditioned for their championship run. Coming off a 12-4 season they hit the 1st place schedule and went 10-6 and limped their way into the playoffs. I firmly believe that the good teams they faced in the year (we whipped the **** out of them if I remember correctly) set them up for the level of competition they would face in the playoffs and they clicked at the precise time, so maybe the Texans can channel the 12 Ravens that would be pretty awesome, but my point in that 1st place/last place strength of schedule isnt something to dismiss easily I mean its one of the tiebreakers for the playoffs.
 

JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
I enjoy optimism as much as the next guy - I dont envision myself as overly cynical but this team and in particular this citys football teams have done a number on my psyche. We've all played ball Im sure .. high school varsity, getting to scrimmage against the JV, or one year I remember a super cocky freshman A team that needed a lesson in humility, but no matter how good we played against inferior competition it never fully prepared me for that first hit in a playoff game and I still remember saying "dang these guys hit harder, are faster and they play great together" im not advocating a losers mentality because the Texans have shown that they belong on the field and lately are showing that they can battle back from a deficit, but there is nothing like facing great competition to get you ready for a run IMO. Look at how the 2012 Ravens were conditioned for their championship run. Coming off a 12-4 season they hit the 1st place schedule and went 10-6 and limped their way into the playoffs. I firmly believe that the good teams they faced in the year (we whipped the **** out of them if I remember correctly) set them up for the level of competition they would face in the playoffs and they clicked at the precise time, so maybe the Texans can channel the 12 Ravens that would be pretty awesome, but my point in that 1st place/last place strength of schedule isnt something to dismiss easily I mean its one of the tiebreakers for the playoffs.
The Cowboys and Broncos were pretty good competition. The texans fought back and won both games. They've faced really good competition this year. The Redskins were on a tear until the Texans brought them down to earth. Remember that? It's not like the Texans haven't played anyone. They have. And they are winning. JJ said it best. "We don't know where the play will come from or who will make it. We just know it's coming and someone will make it." I believe in these guys because they believe in themselves. Watson is a big game player. When the lights are on, he's unstoppable. Let's put it this way. Since 2014 in prime time games, before Watson, the Texans were 3-8. Since watson, they are 4-1. Watson could very well be the difference in this team. Let's let the season play out and see what happens.
 

Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
The Cowboys and Broncos were pretty good competition. The texans fought back and won both games. They've faced really good competition this year. The Redskins were on a tear until the Texans brought them down to earth. Remember that? It's not like the Texans haven't played anyone. They have. And they are winning. JJ said it best. "We don't know where the play will come from or who will make it. We just know it's coming and someone will make it." I believe in these guys because they believe in themselves. Watson is a big game player. When the lights are on, he's unstoppable. Let's put it this way. Since 2014 in prime time games, before Watson, the Texans were 3-8. Since watson, they are 4-1. Watson could very well be the difference in this team. Let's let the season play out and see what happens.
But you're remaining relative to the strength of the schedule .. put it to you like this do you have alot of confidence that this team could withstand a scoring barrage from NO, KC, PITT, Chargers, Rams? Like I said Im super excited to see how they play against the Colts, the first matchup is not indicative of where that Indy team is right now. That game will tell me alot more than going against a Denver team with Case Keenum which we needed their kicker to miss the game winning kick in order to win, the Dallas game was a good game for this team no doubt I will give you that, but I could also say that the Dallas offense back then was so much easier to stop then it is now. All about context.

AGain Im not saying this team cant win, they can. They've shown that like you've said. Im just apprehensive to overlook the truly dominant teams in the league. Yes we've been winning games all year? Decisively? I mean you can hide behind 'a win is a win' but in reality each game tells you so much apart from the score, like how some losses are actually moral victories.
 

JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
But you're remaining relative to the strength of the schedule .. put it to you like this do you have alot of confidence that this team could withstand a scoring barrage from NO, KC, PITT, Chargers, Rams? Like I said Im super excited to see how they play against the Colts, the first matchup is not indicative of where that Indy team is right now. That game will tell me alot more than going against a Denver team with Case Keenum which we needed their kicker to miss the game winning kick in order to win, the Dallas game was a good game for this team no doubt I will give you that, but I could also say that the Dallas offense back then was so much easier to stop then it is now. All about context.

AGain Im not saying this team cant win, they can. They've shown that like you've said. Im just apprehensive to overlook the truly dominant teams in the league. Yes we've been winning games all year? Decisively? I mean you can hide behind 'a win is a win' but in reality each game tells you so much apart from the score, like how some losses are actually moral victories.
I completely agree with you. The thing is, when the Texans play those elite teams, would you rather them play here at home or on the road? At home, the Texans have a chance with Watt and this defense and Watson with D Hop on offense to rely upon and a really raucous, loud NRG Stadium fan base. The Texans have a better chance of winning at home then they do on the road. The point of this thread is that there's a real chance that all of those games could be played here at home should the Texans win out or at most, lose 1 game and the others all lose certain games to help the Texans get home field advantage. If those teams lose, not only could the road to the Super Bowl go through Houston, but those teams would also reveal their weaknesses and how to beat them. That's the point.
 

welsh texan

All Pro
But you're remaining relative to the strength of the schedule .. put it to you like this do you have alot of confidence that this team could withstand a scoring barrage from NO, KC, PITT, Chargers, Rams? Like I said Im super excited to see how they play against the Colts, the first matchup is not indicative of where that Indy team is right now. That game will tell me alot more than going against a Denver team with Case Keenum which we needed their kicker to miss the game winning kick in order to win, the Dallas game was a good game for this team no doubt I will give you that, but I could also say that the Dallas offense back then was so much easier to stop then it is now. All about context.

AGain Im not saying this team cant win, they can. They've shown that like you've said. Im just apprehensive to overlook the truly dominant teams in the league. Yes we've been winning games all year? Decisively? I mean you can hide behind 'a win is a win' but in reality each game tells you so much apart from the score, like how some losses are actually moral victories.
Yeah strength of schedule is a strange one, I've tended not to believe in it previously but this season it is pretty stark.

All well and good saying you can only beat what's in front of you, but we have played mostly awful opponents this year.

We'll see a huge jump next year and play some better teams, there'll need to be an improvement over the off-season to sustain the record we are going to get this year.
 

Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
Yeah strength of schedule is a strange one, I've tended not to believe in it previously but this season it is pretty stark.

All well and good saying you can only beat what's in front of you, but we have played mostly awful opponents this year.

We'll see a huge jump next year and play some better teams, there'll need to be an improvement over the off-season to sustain the record we are going to get this year.
absolutely! and next year if there is a dropoff in production its not a reason to jump off a cliff and say the team sucks. context.
 

Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
I completely agree with you. The thing is, when the Texans play those elite teams, would you rather them play here at home or on the road? At home, the Texans have a chance with Watt and this defense and Watson with D Hop on offense to rely upon and a really raucous, loud NRG Stadium fan base. The Texans have a better chance of winning at home then they do on the road. The point of this thread is that there's a real chance that all of those games could be played here at home should the Texans win out or at most, lose 1 game and the others all lose certain games to help the Texans get home field advantage. If those teams lose, not only could the road to the Super Bowl go through Houston, but those teams would also reveal their weaknesses and how to beat them. That's the point.
As a division winner we would have home field regardless no? We would be arguing about catching the first round bye and then having home field which could be the difference but I'd say that if I were to look up each high powered offense and the home/road scoring splits we might not see too much of dropoff (I could be wrong havent researched that data) but it still is evident that those one seeds from last year who have been having some truly spectacular contests against each other thus far are prepared in the 'faced the best talent' box on the championship checklist.
 

JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
absolutely! and next year if there is a dropoff in production its not a reason to jump off a cliff and say the team sucks. context.
That really depends on which NFC and AFC divisions (I'm not sure who they are) the Texans play next year in the rotation. That's 8 games, then there are the 6 against our division and the other 2 are against AFC teams with a similar record to the Texans. And who the away and home teams played will be. It could still either be considered a "weak" or "strong" schedule depending on those things. This year, everyone thought the Texans were playing a very strong schedule until the season really got under way. Now it's considered a weak schedule. See how that works? We won't know about next year until it gets here. This is about this year and what is left in front of the teams that are likely going to these playoffs now.
 

JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
As a division winner we would have home field regardless no? We would be arguing about catching the first round bye and then having home field which could be the difference but I'd say that if I were to look up each high powered offense and the home/road scoring splits we might not see too much of dropoff (I could be wrong havent researched that data) but it still is evident that those one seeds from last year who have been having some truly spectacular contests against each other thus far are prepared in the 'faced the best talent' box on the championship checklist.
The only teams that are guaranteed a home game in the playoffs are the division winners going against the wild card teams, and the division winners that have earned the bye. So no. Winning the division does not guarantee a home game in the divisional round or into the Championship round.
 
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Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
https://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/points-per-game

gives you an idea at what the data is in regards to how teams have played at home and on the road. KC plays better on the road, and NE is 2 TDs better at home. So you can gain some insight from this, but for me it still tells me that no matter where the Texans play the offense is going to have to show up.

I looked at how all the top offenses this year improved by a TD or more in terms of scoring average and the TExans improved by about a FG from last year. I dont know what to make of that yet but found the basic numbers interesting. If anything the Texans are more consistent than some of those teams in terms of splits, but they too play worse on the road. (to be expected I know, but at least its not like the Patriots who are awful away from Gillette).
 

Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
The only teams that are guaranteed a home game in the playoffs are the division winners going against the wild card teams, and the division winners that have earned the bye. So no. Winning the division does not guarantee a home game in the divisional round or into the Championship round.
ok for the sake of argument you win out and go 13-3. Super Bowl goes through Houston, you still have to deal with situations and offensive talent that you just havent seen up to this point, and wont really see UNTIL the playoffs. I didnt have the playoff scenarios in front of me I was just giving a light brush to a broader stroke. Im trying to remain realistic about this without going full blown homer.
 

JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
https://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/points-per-game

gives you an idea at what the data is in regards to how teams have played at home and on the road. KC plays better on the road, and NE is 2 TDs better at home. So you can gain some insight from this, but for me it still tells me that no matter where the Texans play the offense is going to have to show up.

I looked at how all the top offenses this year improved by a TD or more in terms of scoring average and the TExans improved by about a FG from last year. I dont know what to make of that yet but found the basic numbers interesting. If anything the Texans are more consistent than some of those teams in terms of splits, but they too play worse on the road. (to be expected I know, but at least its not like the Patriots who are awful away from Gillette).
You're looking at wins once the playoffs begin. This thread isn't created for "what ifs" in the playoffs. It's created to look at the remaining regular season schedules of each team to see if there's a possibility that the Texans could actually get the bye or possibly even home field advantage. I think you're missing the whole spirit of why I created this thread. It's about between now and the playoffs. Not about after the playoffs are under way.
 

JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
I am well aware that all 4 of those teams pose more then a considerable challenge to the Texans and that the Texans don't have much of a chance against them, except maybe the Steelers and Chargers.
That's why it would be better playing any of them here. The Texans stand a much better chance against any of them here then they do on the road.
 

santo

All Pro
Contributor's Club
I think we have a chance against the Steelers and Patriots. I haven't seen how the Chargers are this year but I think they would give us fits, as well as KC.

Plus, I don't want the Colts either.
 

Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
I think we have a chance against the Steelers and Patriots. I haven't seen how the Chargers are this year but I think they would give us fits, as well as KC.

Plus, I don't want the Colts either.
It appears the Steelers and Patriots are completely different teams on the road. Chargers are more consistent and thats what you are keying on at playoff time. Numbers can change in 5 games, but the data points are the same.

Colts game should be a good barometer for this team prior to the playoffs in terms of stopping elite offenses (and they still dont hold a candle to KC)
 

JamTex

Hall Of Fame Texans Fan!
I gotta get to sleep guys. Gotta work tonight. Y'all have a good conversation. See y'all tomorrow. Or possibly later tonight.
 

austins23

Hall of Fame
Absolutely, but.....what's the one thing those 3 team have in common that seem to always give the Texans fits??
I should have edited this to say that ALL the teams in the playoffs will have very good QB's. so basically, the Texans are screwed! :kitten:

I think we have a chance against the Steelers and Patriots. I haven't seen how the Chargers are this year but I think they would give us fits, as well as KC.

Plus, I don't want the Colts either.
The Chargers are gonna be a tough out. I don't want Luck anywhere near NRG come playoff time, but I have a feeling that ol 3 seed / 6 seed is gonna be just that, us against them at NRG, first round.
 

Texansphan

All Pro
I know it's not good to get ahead of ourselves, but I heard something from SportsRadio 610 and also from the NFL Network that's very interesting so I looked at the teams going into the playoffs and this is a real possibility. Looking at the remaining schedules of the teams at the top of the AFC as of right now and the Texans remaining schedule, this is what could possibly be...

This is assuming the Texans win their remaining games of course, or possibly lose just 1 more.

The Chiefs sitting at 9-2 have to face these teams in the last 5 of the season...

The Raiders
The Ravens
The Chargers
The Seahawks

and The Raiders

There are a few tough games left on their schedule in the Ravens, Chargers and Seahawks. There is a possibility that the Chiefs could lose 2 of those games and possibly even all 3. That would leave the Chiefs with a 12-4 record or possibly an 11-5 record. That would go a long way to helping out the Texans when it's all said and done.

The Patriots who are 8-3 have to face these 5 teams on their remaining schedule...

The Vikings
The Dolphins
The Steelers
The Bills
and The Jets

In this scenario, the tough teams that could beat the Patriots are the Vikings and the Steelers. Just losing one of these games would put the Texans ahead of the Patriots, but losing 2 would add to the padding since the possible record could be either 12-4 or 11-5.

Then there is the Chargers who are 8-3 and have to face...

The Steelers
The Bengals
The Chiefs
The Ravens

and The Broncos

The 4 teams that could give the Chargers a problem are the Steelers, the Chiefs, the Ravens and the Broncos. It would be good if they could at least beat the Chiefs to help out the Texans. Who really cares about the others although it would be good if they lose just 1 more to pad a possible Texans lead in the final standings.

And Finally, The Steelers who are 7-3-1 facing these five teams to end their season...

The Chargers
The Raiders
The Patriots
The Saints

and The Bengals

The ones in red, of course, are the teams that could give the Steelers trouble. I'm hoping they can beat the Chargers and Patriots to help out our Texans in the final standings. The others, who cares?

Basically, if these scenarios come to fruition and the Texans win out or lose only 1 more game, with a little wiggle room given them by some of these teams losing 2 or more of their remaining games, the Texans could end up with possibly a 13-3 or even 12-4 record and get the Bye as well as home field advantage throughout the playoffs by virtue of their record. It's a long shot, but with a little help, it's a very real possibility.

Thoughts?




Texans are the masters of their own destiny at this point.
There is just one goal now - win out, and wait for the other teams to slip up.
 

Texansphan

All Pro
I know it's not good to get ahead of ourselves, but I heard something from SportsRadio 610 and also from the NFL Network that's very interesting so I looked at the teams going into the playoffs and this is a real possibility. Looking at the remaining schedules of the teams at the top of the AFC as of right now and the Texans remaining schedule, this is what could possibly be...

This is assuming the Texans win their remaining games of course, or possibly lose just 1 more.

The Chiefs sitting at 9-2 have to face these teams in the last 5 of the season...

The Raiders
The Ravens
The Chargers
The Seahawks

and The Raiders

There are a few tough games left on their schedule in the Ravens, Chargers and Seahawks. There is a possibility that the Chiefs could lose 2 of those games and possibly even all 3. That would leave the Chiefs with a 12-4 record or possibly an 11-5 record. That would go a long way to helping out the Texans when it's all said and done.

The Patriots who are 8-3 have to face these 5 teams on their remaining schedule...

The Vikings
The Dolphins
The Steelers
The Bills
and The Jets

In this scenario, the tough teams that could beat the Patriots are the Vikings and the Steelers. Just losing one of these games would put the Texans ahead of the Patriots, but losing 2 would add to the padding since the possible record could be either 12-4 or 11-5.

Then there is the Chargers who are 8-3 and have to face...

The Steelers
The Bengals
The Chiefs
The Ravens

and The Broncos

The 4 teams that could give the Chargers a problem are the Steelers, the Chiefs, the Ravens and the Broncos. It would be good if they could at least beat the Chiefs to help out the Texans. Who really cares about the others although it would be good if they lose just 1 more to pad a possible Texans lead in the final standings.

And Finally, The Steelers who are 7-3-1 facing these five teams to end their season...

The Chargers
The Raiders
The Patriots
The Saints

and The Bengals

The ones in red, of course, are the teams that could give the Steelers trouble. I'm hoping they can beat the Chargers and Patriots to help out our Texans in the final standings. The others, who cares?

Basically, if these scenarios come to fruition and the Texans win out or lose only 1 more game, with a little wiggle room given them by some of these teams losing 2 or more of their remaining games, the Texans could end up with possibly a 13-3 or even 12-4 record and get the Bye as well as home field advantage throughout the playoffs by virtue of their record. It's a long shot, but with a little help, it's a very real possibility.

Thoughts?




Texans are the masters of their own destiny at this point.
There is just one goal now - win out, and wait for the other teams to slip up.
we will have a bye, that is my bold prediction. I am ready to say these are not the same old Texans. DW4 changes the game and history is turning for the boys on Kirby and the deserving fans of the Texans
This team has been getting better; and most noticeably DW4 - he looks like he is getting back to last years hot form.
Once a team starts believing in themselves, magic can happen, and I am getting that feeling from them.
They are getting some good players back off injury and oddly enough, the oline may be starting to gel.
Definitely encouraging signs.
 

Seegara

Guitar Picker, Dog Lover, Woodworker
If we're going to the SB (which is doubtful), somebody else has to take out the Expatriots. We just don't beat them, and they're tough as a Phillies Cheroot in playoff games.
 

jachba

Practice Squad
It appears the Steelers and Patriots are completely different teams on the road. Chargers are more consistent and thats what you are keying on at playoff time. Numbers can change in 5 games, but the data points are the same.

Colts game should be a good barometer for this team prior to the playoffs in terms of stopping elite offenses (and they still dont hold a candle to KC)
Chargers are 4-1 on the road. The running joke on our team's message board is that every game the Chargers play is a road game, due to the fact that the Bolts are not very popular in L.A. and as a result there are usually plenty of fans from opposing teams in the seats at StubHub Stadium.
 

Seegara

Guitar Picker, Dog Lover, Woodworker
I gotta get to sleep guys. Gotta work tonight. Y'all have a good conversation. See y'all tomorrow. Or possibly later tonight.
I gotta go to work tonight too. Will check in tomorrow and see how the comments are running.
 

badboy

Hall of Fame
ok for the sake of argument you win out and go 13-3. Super Bowl goes through Houston, you still have to deal with situations and offensive talent that you just havent seen up to this point, and wont really see UNTIL the playoffs. I didnt have the playoff scenarios in front of me I was just giving a light brush to a broader stroke. Im trying to remain realistic about this without going full blown homer.
But this Texans team will not be then what we see now. Individually and more importantly as a team it is getting better each week and we are getting even more players back to play significant time. Not directed at you but I can see some here saying "well Texans are now 13-3 but haven't played anyone and will go out first game of playoffs." Let's just enjoy the old saying one game at a time which has never been more apropos.
 

badboy

Hall of Fame
Same here. Even IF the Texans get the 2 seed, we are still looking at hosting the Pats, Steelers and/or the Chargers.
And the Steelers have looked like crapolo recently and Pat look beatable by this Texans roster, IMO. Chargers I have not watched at all.
 

Uncle Rico

Ur apology should be as loud as Ur disrespect was
But this Texans team will not be then what we see now. Individually and more importantly as a team it is getting better each week and we are getting even more players back to play significant time. Not directed at you but I can see some here saying "well Texans are now 13-3 but haven't played anyone and will go out first game of playoffs." Let's just enjoy the old saying one game at a time which has never been more apropos.
I completely agree (but you are right Im the one driving the 'who have they played' wagon no offense taken). Football after Thanksgiving has a tendency of becoming more 'smash mouth' .. we'll see with all the offense of this season if it holds true, but in the end Houston just has to have faith in what they are doing and be as consistent as they can be. I still think the Texan defense if clicking on all cylinders is the best out of the playoff teams in the AFC so lets see what kind of magic Deshaun can muster in his first postseason. This is what he was born to do, big moments are ingrained in his DNA.
 

Rich Schmidt

Myopicone
Curious what Rico thinks after the Thursday night game where a strong defense and time control smash offense derailed a offensive juggernaut. Weather starts to change, injuries arise, schemes get cracked as the season progresses. Amazing what pressure up the middle and not just edges does to HOF QBs
 

Texansballer74

Hall of Fame
A lot of people thinks our remaining schedule is easy. I don't think so. Starting with Sunday's game against the Browns. They have a really solid defense who gets after the quarterbacks. They have won their last 2 games putting up 28 against the Falcons and 35 against the Bengals. Their offense can be sneaky scary.

The Colts will be the toughest game. Their offense is very explosive and they're playing some solid defense.

The Eagles can't afford to lose anymore games.

We should win the Jets game.

Against the Jaguars, determines on how we're looking playoffs wise. They can be a spoiler.

Example: what if we need that win to solidify home field advantage.


I surely hope we win out though.
 

thunderkyss

It's good to be me... again.
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I completely agree (but you are right Im the one driving the 'who have they played' wagon no offense taken). Football after Thanksgiving has a tendency of becoming more 'smash mouth' .. we'll see with all the offense of this season if it holds true, but in the end Houston just has to have faith in what they are doing and be as consistent as they can be. I still think the Texan defense if clicking on all cylinders is the best out of the playoff teams in the AFC so lets see what kind of magic Deshaun can muster in his first postseason. This is what he was born to do, big moments are ingrained in his DNA.
Like you said, more smash mouth. If our run game can be more consistent week to week, it will give us a chance to keep those high scoring offenses off the field. & if our defense can get a couple of stops, it evens things out. Especially if we can continue improving in the red zone.
 
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thunderkyss

It's good to be me... again.
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A lot of people thinks our remaining schedule is easy. I don't think so. Starting with Sunday's game against the Browns. .

Hopefully we're beyond looking at our opponent & are playing against ourselves... like Golf. Always trying to be better than your last game.

Playing to continue the win streak. Playing to honor Bob McNair. Playing to prove something.

In that sense, the schedule, is as hard as it's ever been. The goal of what we want to accomplish should be bigger than any opponent we could face.

Shouldn't matter if were playing the Jags or the Patriots. We should be chasing perfection.
 

banned1976

American
Just one game at a time for me. The Texans haven’t exactly been a model of consistency this season. Even though they’ve won 8 in a row they’ve rarely played at a high level for very long stretches.
 

mussop

Hall of Fame
Against my better judgment I’m starting to believe. The easy schedule we’ve had and have left still sparks doubt but watching games like Dallas whooping New Orleans gives me hope.

After our poor start we really couldn’t of hoped for more. We went from “the season is over”, “fire this bum of a coach” to we have a chance. And not a dumb and dumber chance. A real legit chance. Thank you football gods.
 


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