After Monday night’s decisive 30-17 victory by the Colts over Houston, ESPN analyst Steve Young felt like he was watching the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals.
No matter how hard the Texans try, they can’t seem to win big games. That may be unfair considering Houston’s Week One win over the Colts, but I understood his point. No matter how many injuries the Colts have, no matter what’s different about the Texans, they can’t seem to win the game you don’t expect.
There’s no crime losing in Lucas Oil Sield or splitting with the Colts of course. But there’s no rule that says the Texans can’t sweep them. Those are the types of wins the Texans need to break out of the 8-8 or 9-7 rut they are in. The game wasn’t even that competitive.
Matt Schaub was let down by leaky protection, but he averaged 5.3 yards-per-attempt against a Colts defense missing two of their best three cornerbacks. The offense didn’t show up for the first half of their “biggest game of the year.” Schaub’s YPA and completion percentage are down sharply this year.
The Houston defense — which all season has looked like the worst of the Gary Kubiak era — actually gave a terrific first half performance. And they were still down 17-3 at the break. The running game is vastly improved this year, but add it all up and ultimately this Texans team doesn’t look any better than their teams the last three years.
The Texans have a huge game this week against a dangerous San Diego team that could light their secondary up. Then Houston faces Jacksonville and a very tough stretch of games.
Last year, it felt like the Texans were “better” than their record and were a bit unlucky to not make the playoffs. This season, it feels like they are lucky to be 4-3.
There’s little reason to think they won’t just wind up 8-8 or 9-7, on the doorsteps of the playoffs again.