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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    If you knew nothing about the final score and I told you Brock Osweiler's final stat line for the game yesterday was 14 or 27 passing for 99 yards and 2 TD's. You might reply, "I'm sorry, what?" in utter disbelief an NFL QB could only manage 99 yards passing for a whole game. Big fat 99. If you're talking about JJ Watt you got something there but 99 yards passing? Holy crap, was Brock bad! He and Texans offense had two weeks to come up with this smelly, rotten egg they laid yesterday. There are the two TD's Brock threw that helped and it sure didn't hurt that this was the first game this season Brock didn't throw a pick. Small victories I guess. Brock was a tick above .500 in completion percentage so that's --- good??? What actually happened was that Houston finally won a road game and extended their record to 6-3 and they maintain a one game lead in the AFC South.

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    I stopped writing about Houston yesterday because I just didn’t have a point other than my total amazement at Brock Osweiler’s ineptitude. I’m glad Houston won, don’t get me wrong, but playing a good team isn’t going to be any different than the other ass whoopins they took in their three losses. Then I got to thinking about it and Houston has beaten good teams. They beat the Kansas City Chiefs who are tied with Oakland at 7-2 and first place in the suddenly strong AFC West. They beat the Tennessee Titans who are just 1-1/2 games back of Houston in the AFC South at 5-5. I say Tennessee is good because they are beating teams now quite handily behind the running of DeMarco Murray and the passing of Jake Mariota. They also beat the Detroit Lions who are tied for 1st place in the NFC North. Houston is doing it with just enough offense and whole lotta defense.
    One of the biggest plays of the game Sunday was a pick six by Kareem Jackson. Without it Houston would not have won that game. Despite what you might think Houston is not last in offense in the NFL. That would be Minnesota. Yep, the same team that beat the crap out of Houston in Week 5 31-13. Houston isn’t even 2nd to last in offense, that honor goes to the truly pathetic Los Angeles Rams. No, Houston is 3rd worst in the league scoring an average of 17.9 PPG. If you look at it in perspective, the Cowboys averaged a tic over 18 points per game last year and went 4-12. The difference is the defense. Dallas was awful on defense last year putting up franchise lows in sacks and turnovers. Houston, on the other hand is 4th in total defense in the NFL. The bad thing is they are 12th in points allowed giving up 20.9 PPG. When you score less than you allow it’s usually a recipe for disaster. The PPG allowed is a little skewed because of blowout losses to New England, Minnesota and Denver where Houston scored 0, 13, 9 points while allowing 27, 31, 27 respectively in those games.
    I listened to The Blitz on ESPN radio yesterday and it’s not often I agree with AJ and Fred but Brock is looking like a $72MM bust. That is until he makes a clutch 3rd down pass into traffic to DeAndre Hopkins for the first down that iced the game against the Jags. The game was still in doubt at the time, as a matter of fact, if the Jags had gotten the ball back there is no question in my mind they would have scored and stolen the game from Houston. On the one hand you’re happy the Texans got the first down and secured the win but on the other hand you are left scratching your head wondering WTF was that all game? Does Brock just stink or are Bill O’Brien and George Godsey doing a lousy job of coaching him up? A fifth year NFL player, even one with just 16 starts under his belt should be better than this, shouldn’t he?
    The good thing Houston recipe for winning can continue. They have a MNF game in Mexico City next week against the Raiders and fully expect Oakland will beat Houston easily just because Oakland is just that good these days. But, after the Raiders the Texans face the Chargers, Packers, Colts and Jaguars and considering San Diego is the biggest threat to beat Houston of those four you’d have to consider all of those games winnable. Even if Houston goes 2-2 in those games they would still be 8-6. Go 3-1 and Houston is 9-5. And what if Houston actually does beat the Raiders? That four game stretch is going to go a long way to securing the division title. The last game of the season is against Tennessee and it could be that game decides who wins the division. So, I’ve really decided not to give up on Brock for now. He has to do better than he has been but while Brock learns on the job the Texans keep winning and that is not a bad thing.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    Houston plays on Monday Night Football this week against the Oakland Raiders. This is the 3rd prime time game for the Texans this season. Let’s hope this one doesn’t end up like the first two, with blowout losses.
    The concerns everybody has over the lousy performances Brock Osweiler be damned because the Texans have to go play a football game. You hope Brock gets better, you hope the offense gets better as a result. Regardless, they’ve got to strap it up and play. If Houston loses it won’t surprise anyone and it won’t be the end of the world or the end of the season. The rest of the Texans schedule isn’t that hard, even though it looked like it at the beginning of the season but a couple of the so-called hard teams aren’t nearly as good as everyone thought so Houston has a real shot at still winning 10 games this season.

    Lamar Miller is nursing a sore shoulder but he should be ready to go for MNF. That is good news and for even more, with a little shot of bad, here’s today’s Texans-Raiders injury reports.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...5-88ecc4c9cef5

    With Jonathan Grimes both out of action last week Houston called up Akeem Hunt from the practice squad to fill his spot. All he did was go 8 carries for 52 yards to augment what Lamar Miller was doing as he ran for 83 yards on just 15 carries. Miller’s 5.5 YPC was impressive given the state of the Texans passing offense but Hunt was even better gaining nearly 7 YPC. With Alfred Blue injuring calf and not participating in practice this week you figure Hunt is in for even more work against the Raiders. Hunt and Blue combined for 15 carries last week so you figure Miller and Hunt could go 60-40 in carries this week. It could be Hunt is more involved in the passing game as well with Jalen Strong out and Will Fuller still questionable.

    This game could be a good old fashioned NFL ground battle. The Texans want to be a running team and they should rely heavily on Lamar Miller and Hunt a lot in this game while Oakland counters with the 5th best rushing attack in the NFL. Yep, a good old fashioned, old school, grind it out sort of a game. Those kinds of games aren’t bad but people will bitch because there isn’t enough offense. Screw ‘em. Kick back and enjoy the game.

    Houston has re-signed RB Kenny Hilliard to the practice squad in a move to fill the spot opened up by Akeem Hunt’s call up to the 53. Hilliard, the RB from LSU, was a Texans draft pick last year and he had been on the Texans squad until the final cut downs for this season were made.

    Finally today, here is an article from Texans.com simply ‘Getting to know the Oakland Raiders.’

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...8-e3239d3b1074

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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    The Texans opponent tomorrow is the Oakland Raiders. There aren't many ties between the two teams except for one thing. The ties between the Raiders QB and the Texans. You guys know this if you've been a fan of the Texans for any length of time. Derek Carr definitely has a big connection to Houston because he grew up around the team because his big brother, David, was the number one pick in the Texans inaugural draft back in 2002. David Carr was the highly touted prospect from Fresno State. The problem was, trying to play QB behind a really bad offense line on an expansion team is not conducive to a successful career. He did pretty well in Houston, he really did considering who and what he was playing offense with. Those Texans teams set records for allowing sacks, 249 total, in Carr's 5 years in Houston. David had a decent career as a backup for the rest of his tenure in the NFL. He actually played 11 years and he even won a Super Bowl ring while with the New York Giants. The G-men won Super Bowl XLVI played in February of 2012 over the New England Patriots. Now David's little brother, Derek used to hang around the Reliant Stadium and practice facility and he got a rare look at what it's like to be an NFL team. Now I know the stream of jokes inferring that the Texans weren't really an NFL team are going through everyone's mind but I'll leave that one alone. Derek got to see what life is like for an NFL QB trying to play behind a truly lousy offensive line. Derek saw that his big brother's career was basically ruined by that line because he spent more time looking up at the sky than he did looking for open receivers. The only real weapon David Carr had was future Hall of Fame receiver Andre Johnson who was drafted in 2003 in the first round. It's really hard to do much good when you are running for your life all the time. Derek grew up to become a QB just like his big brother and he followed in his brother's footsteps going to Fresno State. He wasn't as highly touted coming out of college. He may have suffered a little from what a perceived bust David was but, in truth, he wasn't as good in college as his big brother. That isn't to say he was chopped liver either. For whatever reason, Carr lasted until the 2nd round of the 2014 draft when Oakland took him. Much has been made this past week about how Houston, in dire need of a franchise QB, passed on drafting Carr and they took OL Xavier Su'a-Filo leaving him available to Oakland 3 picks later. In conversations with the press this week Carr talked about his fondness for Houston and he appreciated how well he and his family were treated but he did say he was glad he wasn't a Texan. It was a bit of a misstatement but it was clear he was just trying to say he was happy as a Raider. Carr is slinging the ball around with great success this season after making the Pro Bowl in his 2nd year last season. He is 7th in passing this season as Oakland is winning at a clip that would remind you of the Raiders of 30 years ago. They are currently tied for 1st place in the AFC West, a suddenly strong AFC West, with Kansas City with a 7-2 record. Denver is trailing them by 1/2 game with a 7-3 record. Denver has yet to enjoy their bye week. Even San Diego is pretty good but they seem more prone to shooting themselves in the foot costing them games hence their 4-6 record going into this weekend. The biggest difference for the younger Carr's success is simple, he has a better team around him than David ever did in Houston. Still, considering how much of a bust Su'a-Filo has been we can only speculate how much better Houston's offense would be with Derek under center. The battle between Houston and Oakland could go one of two ways. 1. the game could turn ugly with Oakland beating the crap out of Houston or 2. it's a defensive struggle with Houston actually having a shot at winning. Vegas odd are listing Oakland as 6 point favorites which means they see a closer game than most average Joes and Vegas is rarely wrong. After all, if they were, they wouldn't be in business long now would they?

    So what does this mean? Houston, with a strong Latino following, playing in Mexico City against a team in Oakland with a big Latino following. The biggest problem won't be the crowd. As a matter of fact, this is the first Monday Night Football game outside the United States and the Mexican crowd will be loud and boisterous they way soccer crowds down there are. That should make for a very festive atmosphere. No, the problem I have hear absolutely nobody discuss is the fact that Mexico City is at a higher elevation than Denver. The thinner air could manifest itself in many negative ways which could even the playing field for the Texans. All I have heard is how bad Houston is on the road and that they will get their asses handed to them on a cool and clear night in Mexico. I just feel like this is an upset in the making and it would be a huge boost to the Texans if they could pull out this win. And that's exactly what I think they will do. So.................................

    Houston 20 Oakland 18

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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    Brock Osweiler didn't play half bad. Really. If he plays like he did Monday night Houston will win some games. That is, of course, they don't get the same piece of shit refereeing crew they had to deal with. Seriously, could refs get much worse than they were on Monday night? The worst offenses came on the by the Raiders sideline. A blown call on DeAndre Hopkins in the 1st quarter cost Houston 4 points because the refs rule Hopkins stepped out of bounds when he did not. The most egregious calls came in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 20. With 7:07 left in the game at the Raiders 16 on 3rd and 2 Lamar Miller took a handoff around the left side of the formation. He clearly made enough to more than get a first down but the refs spotted the ball short. This article from fox sports shows in pictures and video these mistakes.

    http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/t...d-calls-112216

    Brock played decent football. He threw for 243 yards on 26 of 39 attempts with a TD and a pick. He did throw two other balls that should have been picks but that is just football, sometimes you get lucky. Like on two pass plays in the game when the Texans misplayed passes to Amari Cooper it cost them a TD and a long gainer. Yet another chunk play was responsible for the last TD Oakland scored that gave them the lead and was the winning score in the game. The Texans ran the ball well gaining a total of 124 yards rushing with Miller gaining 104 of those yards on 24 carries. The biggest error on the night was when Bill O'Brien failed to challenge the spot on that 3rd and 2. A first down would have allowed the drive to continue and Houston could have burned a lot of clock. A field goal or a TD late in the game would have almost been the nail in the Raiders coffin. But, it wasn't to be. Oakland took over and drove for the winning score and they left Mexico City with 27-20 win.

    The Colts upset the Titans on Sunday meaning Houston maintains the one game lead they held before the weekend began only this time the 2nd place team is Indianapolis. Tennessee is a game and a half back in 3rd place. Houston is back home this Sunday to face the Chargers. As I said at the beginning of this post if Brock and Texans play like they did on Monday night they will win at least half of their remaining 6 games. The question is, if that is all they win will 9-7 be enough to win the division?

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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    The Texans and Chargers are about to begin so I don't have much time. Houston knows they let a big win get away from them in Mexico City last Monday night and at 6-4 they need to win some games and it really needs to begin at home this afternoon at NRG Stadium. I really think that maybe Indianapolis has stumbled onto something but a big wrench was thrown into the Colts works on Thanksgiving night with a 28-7 loss to Pittsburgh. A loss today wouldn't be a disaster because the Texans will still own a 1 game lead over Indy and the Titans for the division but it sure wouldn't hurt to make that a 2 game lead with 5 games to play. The Titans still are waiting on their bye week and they travel to play Chicago today. Chicago put up a good fight but ultimately lost to the New York Giants last week. We should all become Bears fans today for the good of the Texans.
    Houston's offense showed life against the Raiders on Monday night and if that is any sign then Houston could start to depend less on their defense and a little more on their offense which is a good thing going down the stretch. San Diego has an explosive offense and Houston really needs to put the clamps on RB Melvin Gordon. Phillip Rivers is still a gunslinging sonofagun but they have to make the Chargers one dimensional by stopping Gordon. The Texans defensive backfield is good enough to make plays so it will ultimately come down the Brock and the offense. Continue what they started against Oakland and they have a real good chance to continue their home winning streak.

    So, what does that mean?

    Houston 24 San Diego 23

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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    Here's the deal, it's real simple. Houston is 6-5 and clinging to a tenuous lead in the AFC South and Green Bay is still holding on to a playoff hope as they now trail Detroit in the NFC North by two games as they currently occupy 3rd place in the division. The Packers did pick up a 1/2 game on 2nd place Minnesota by virtue of the Cowboys victory over them on Thursday night. To say Green Bay is playing with a sense of urgency would be a huge understatement. Houston should be playing with that same sense because they have lost two straight and they need to right the ship after suffering their first two game losing streak of the season. On the road in Green Bay on what may not be the frozen tundra but it should be pretty darn chilly. Somehow in some way Houston has to play better offense than they played last week against San Diego. They played a sloppy offensive game and they had some breakdowns on defense as well. You can sort of understand the defense showing signs of wear and tear and because the offense can't seem to stay on the field long enough to give the defense a friggin break. Can Brock stop throwing picks long enough to help the Texans score a TD or two? That's the question we would all love a big resounding "YES" but so far we only get THAT Brock in short spirts. The trouble is I don't see the same upset in the making the way I did last week. Of course I was wrong as I could be about that as Houston lost a game they really could have won had they not turned the ball over so much. Green Bay will have their best defensive player, Clay Matthews, even though the thinking earlier in the week that a shoulder injury would keep him out. The Texans will be without Jadeveon Clowney today as he is dealing with an elbow and wrist issues. Houston will also be without John Simon for another week with a torn pec muscle.
    I am not even feeling any love for the Texans this week. I have lost faith that Brock will finally "figure it out". Houston will flounder and break under the pressure of Lambeau Field. What this means is I don't think the Packers offensive outburst against the Eagles last Monday night was a fluke. Unlike my feelings about Brock, I think Aaron Rodgers did "figure it out" and the Texans are in deep doo-doo when they face the resurgent Packers offense. Even as well as they have played on defense Houston isn't going to fold their tents. Shoot, this could be the game when the Packers unleash Christine Michael. He has been inactive since signing him 3 weeks ago but maybe this is finally the day they give him his shot to pump some energy into the Packers lifeless run game.
    I'm rambling now. Maybe it's because I don't want to write what I'm about to write. Eff it, here goes..........................

    Green Bay 29 Houston 10

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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    The Texans lost yet another game they could have, maybe even should have, won. The 24-13 loss is about what I thought but it was a cool deal, no pun intended, to watch the game played in a snow storm. You knew the tundra wasn’t frozen because as much as it snowed not very much stuck and the buildup of snow wasn’t what you’d expect because the ground isn’t in winter mode ---- yet. The games in Green Bay and Chicago were just fun to watch. I played Pop Warner football when I lived in Denver in snow like that. I had a blast but maybe grown men playing football for a living may not feel the same way.

    Brock wasn’t great but he didn’t exactly suck and passing ineffectiveness was not all his fault. He has a lot of balls dropped. That’s the difference between kids and men paid to play the men are expected to catch the damn ball. Pretty much every receiver for Houston had at least one drop and many would have been for first downs. As usual, the defense played well for most of the game but they just got wore down because the offense couldn’t sustain any drives to give them a rest. The bottom line is, the Texans need to score more than 13 points a game if they hope to win.

    On the other side of the coin the Packers scored on an 88 yard drive and an 89 yard drives in the game. The defense had to be exhausted. Ironically, the Texans led overall in time of possession 31:31 to 28:29.

    If Indianapolis beats the Jets tonight there will be a 3 way tie for first place in the AFC South between Houston, Indy and Tennessee who were on their bye yesterday. It’s a far cry when just 3 weeks a go Houston was 6-3 and riding high as the division leader with a 3 game cushion. Every week is a playoff game now with Houston playing, in order, @ Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Cincinnati and ending the season @ Tennessee. That is going to be hell if Houston can’t figure out how to generate some offense.

    The link below is to the Texans website that has picture of the game. I am not trying to rub anyone’s nose in the loss I just love the snow falling. The high was in the mid-thirties yesterday and I know that sounds cold but the dryer air means it doesn’t feel as cold at the same temps in the Golden Triangle. The downside of the dryer air is your sinuses dry out and you are prone to nose bleeds and static electricity is a bitch! Cold weather feels all that much more cold when you lose so I’m sure it was a miserable day for the Texans after all.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    The Texans were forced into using backup CB Charles Johnson in Sunday’s loss to Green Bay. All he did was give up a long pass to the Packers when he bit on a double move by Jordy Nelson allowing the Packers an easy 32 yard pitch and catch TD. In the link below NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus talks about how good a player Johnson is but, in truth, the reason he was let go was because he wasn’t all that great in coverage as a CB. He was good at special teams but his flaws as a cover man were painfully on display Sunday when Jonathan Joseph left the game with an injury.

    Why is it just Houston’s luck that the week before they play the Texans teams seem to break out of slumps? Who saw the 41-10 whoopin the Colts put on the Jets last night? Now the Texans have to travel to Indy to play this same team who couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag just a couple of weeks ago now hanging 41 on people. Darn the Luck (pun intended).

    The Texans also picked up a player when they released Charles James. They picked up CB Al-Hajj Shabazz. What they are getting in Shabazz is bigger CB than the 5’9” 185 lb James was. Shabazz is 6’2” and 200 pounds. He is a small school guy from tiny West Chester University near Philadelphia Pennsylvania. They are a D-II school and a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Shabazz was an UFA in 2015 by Indianapolis and he spent time on the practice squads of the Colts and Bucs in 2015. He was signed on February 4th of this year to a futures contract by the Steelers. He bounced between the practice squad and the active roster for Pittsburgh several times this season. He was just cut on December 3rd after being on the active roster since November 5th. The Texans claimed him off waivers yesterday.

    Here is a link to the Texans.com article by John Harris listing 18 observations he made from Sunday’s Packers game.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...2-632ff569bf30

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    The Texans nominee for the Walter Peyton Award, given each year to the player who exemplifies greatness on and off the field, is LB Brian Cushing. Is this a bit of surprise? On Hard Knocks last year he sort of came off as sort of a macho jerk but in real life his is anything but.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...f-c7494b955ec0

    Jadeveon Clowney missed practice yesterday and he may not be available against the Colts this week. He was a surprise scratch last week because of a lingering hand/wrist injury. Bill O’Brien held him out against Green Bay as a precaution preferring to have him miss one game rather than risk losing him for the rest of the season if he makes the injury worse.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...0-fc3aed16edff

    The Texans have missed WR Jalen Strong for the past 4 games because he was out because of an ankle injury. He returned to practice for the first time in over a month yesterday on a limited basis. If he isn’t able to play Sunday against the Colts he will certainly be back the following week.

    The Texans newest player, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, has had a whirlwind last couple of days. He was literally in the process of resigning with the Steelers practice squad after he was cut from the active roster to make room for the signing of K Randy Bullock when he got the call letting him know the Texans picked him up. That was on Monday and he was practicing with the Texans yesterday. Here’s an article from Texans.com detailing his hectic week.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...5-9af57908f218

    I know this may be inappropriate but does anyone besides me find Texans.com writer Deepi Sidhu to be pretty hot? She’s pretty, not drop dead gorgeous but, she is definitely hot.

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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    Houston needs to win this game against Indianapolis. In the last couple of years they have won games most people thought they had no chance to win. Like Cincinnati on Monday Night Football in 2014. It started a turnaround that darn near got the Texans to the playoffs with a 97 record. That's the game I'm looking toward to take some hope that the Texans can pull off this upset. The only thing this game isn't is on prime time tv. On the road, on a losing streak and heavy underdogs were the conditions Houston faced against the Bengals heading into that game with Cincinnati and it's the same song and dance, different verse for the Texans heading into Indianapolis. BTW, the Texans record is dismal against the Colts. Granted, most of that was because of some guy named Peyton Manning. Manning's successor, Andrew Luck, has kept the hurting coming. Since the Texans came into existence in 2002 they are 23-6-0. However, the Texans have won the last two meetings. You remember the overtime win on Sunday night on October 16th and prior to that, nearly one year ago exactly, the Texans won their only game in Indianapolis 16-10 last December 20th. In two of their last three losses, against the Raiders in Mexico City on Monday night two weeks ago and in Green Bay last week, Houston had a real good opportunity to win both games. In each of the last three games the Texans have rushed for over 100 yards. The O-line has done a pretty good job opening up holes for Lamar Miller and the rest of the Texans running backs. Whether they use Alfred Blue or Akeem Hunt, it doesn't matter, both are doing a fine job as a change of pace to Miller. The Texans really need to win this week. I already said that, but it bears repeating. To win the defense has to keep on doing what they do and the quarterback needs to play better. His consistency is getting better but to win in Indy the Texans need to have left the bad Brock in Houston. You know the one. The guy who makes bad decisions and sometimes throws inexplicably horrible passes for INTs and engineer way more than his fair share of 3-and-outs. Yeah, THAT guy needs to stay his ass in Houston. It's just bad luck that Houston ran into Green Bay a week after coming out of their losing streak/slump and it seems like the Houston is catching the same bad luck (no pun intended) as Indianapolis just demolished the Jets last week. It would have been nice to catch Indy on a losing streak but I guess the win will be all the sweeter if the Colts are playing well. The Texans, Colts and Titans are all tied for the AFC South lead with identical 6-6 records. The Titans have a tough game today as come off their bye week last week and face the Bronco in Nashville. As Texans fans we can't sweat that game, all we can do is cheer our Texans on to a win over Indy. So, how's about my feelings as to who wins? I guess until the "Good" Brock shows up for more than a series or a quarter I just can't trust the Texans to do more than hang close before finally losing. I've been saying since training camp that the Texans will only be as good as Brock and to date Brock as only been average at best with flashes of better. I just don't trust Brock yet and, if he continues to play as he has, a game like this will slip through the Texans fingers just as they have slipped through their fingers the past three weeks.

    So, what does this mean today?

    Indianapolis 26 Houston 16

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    Re: Houston Texans 2016 Regular Season

    The Texans proved me wrong. It looked early on like the Bad Brock had showed up in Indianapolis with an ill-advised throw in the first half that was picked off. The saving grace for teams like Houston and the Trent Dilfer-led Ravens and the Brad Johnson-led Buccaneers is they all have great defenses to cover up weaknesses in the offense. Even without JJ Watt the Texans are proving that their defense can stand up to just about all comers IF, and I do mean IF, Brock drives a clean and safe bus which means he keeps the chains moving and it’s okay to settle for field goals as long as he doesn’t turn into oncoming traffic and give the ball away. On Sunday that is just what Brock did, he drove a clean bus. People will point to 5 trips into the Red Zone and the Texans only coming away with one TD but the Texans got 4 other field goals too. 5 trips into the Red Zone and they score every single time—19 points. That was enough to win the game. The fact the Texans got an insurance FG to make it 22 was just gravy. The TD would have put the game out of reach but won’t we settle for a win when Houston had just lost 3 games in a row? Hell, yes!

    I hate to count chickens before they’re hatched but Houston plays Jacksonville at home this week. That is just about as close as a lead pipe cinch as there is. Fellow 1st place in the AFC South Tennessee has a much harder row to hoe as they travel to Kansas City while Indianapolis gets to play the Vikings in Minnesota. If Houston takes care of business by the end of the weekend they should be alone in 1st place in the AFC South with a one game lead over Tennessee and a two game lead over the Colts with two games to play in the season. Maybe Brock is beginning to figure things out finally. Maybe the emergence of the running game is carrying this team. Maybe the Texans are going to ride their defense all the way into the playoffs. Stuff is getting interesting.

    The defense has one flaw that stuck out like a sore thumb on Sunday. The CB who is taking Jonathan Joseph’s place since he injured his ribs in the Green Bay game sucked big fat balls on Sunday. That man would be Robert Nelson, #32 in your playbook. It seemed like if he wasn’t getting beat on a play he was guilty of holding or interference or he missed a tackle. Nelson is a 2nd year player from Arizona State but on Sunday his name was mud because it seemed like every time something good happened for the Colts Nelson was involved somehow. All we can say is, “c’mon Jonathan Joseph, get back in the game!”

    I’m not sure if I would have said this before the season, hell, I know I wouldn’t have said anything like this during training camp but the most likely candidate for defensive MVP of the Texans this season is CB AJ Bouye. I know his name is pronounced Boo-yay but it should be pronounced with a resounding BOOYAH because of the way he has emerged as a lockdown man cover guy. If a play is being made in the secondary in 2016 it is likely to be AJ Booyah making it. The Texans needed someone to step up too after last year’s 1st round pick Kevin Johnson when down on October 20th with a broken foot and Bouye has been that guy. Joseph’s injury left the Texans wondering how they would ever survive without him. Even before that fateful October day Bouye was playing great football and since then he has been a flat out beast. Bouye will be in Houston for a long time if he keeps playing CB like he has in 2016.

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    The Texans have everything to gain today and the best thing is they are at home to do it. The best case scenario for today's games is this, Houston beats Jacksonville, Kansas City beats Tennessee in frigid cold weather in KC and Minnesota beats Indianapolis in Minneapolis. The second place Colts would be 2 games back of Houston with 2 to play and Tennessee will be 3 back and they are pretty much out of the playoff hunt.
    Speaking of frigid Kansas City the temperature right now is zero. Game time temperature is scheduled to be a tropical 30. Three. Kansas City has the advantage being at home and a loyal and loud crowd. I like the Chiefs chances. I also like the climate in Minnesota but it has nothing to do with the weather. This will be the 2nd debut of the season and the first appearance since Week 3 of Adrian Peterson who is listed as active without a snap count today.
    The Texans will still be without LB John Simon (chest), TE CJ Fiedorowicz (concussion) and G Jeff Allen (concussion) today. CB Jonathan Joseph (ribs), RB Tyler Ervin (ribs) and LB are listed to Whitney Mercilus (back) questionable. If they are able they will play. Jacksonville will be without WR Allen Hurns (hamstring), G Chris Reed (toe), RB Denard Robinson (ankle). Everything being equal Houston is certainly talented enough to carry the day against these sad sack Jaguars.
    It's good to be in first place and it's good to be at home in the comfort of NRG Stadium when the Texans biggest rivals toil on the road against hostile crowds and, the Titans case, brutal weather conditions. You have to feel very good about where the Texans are right now, both figuratively and in reality. The karma is in alignment and that is exactly what scares the hell out of me. I don't have anything else to say about the Texans-Jaguars game. With fingers crossed I am riding with the home team today. Brock showed up and did a decent job last week under circumstances that could easily have spelled disaster and the Texans and their beleaguered QB answered the challenge and won in a place they have only won once before against a team that was tied for the division lead with them. The Texans had every opportunity to choke, to roll over and play dead. They didn't and it's to their credit for the effort. If occurs to me that if Houston wins out they can better the 9-7 records of the past two years and end up 10-6. A much more reasonable final tally for a division champ. But that's looking way too far into the future. What needs to happen is for the Texans to take care of business and so far in 2016 they have done just that at home. They have a very good 5-1 record and their lone loss came in a game they could have won if a couple of plays gone differently. Two of their last three are at home which bodes quite well for the Texans but it doesn't mean squat if they don't continue their winning ways at home. With all that said, what does that mean...................?

    Houston 24 Jacksonville 9

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    It's pretty bad when you have to cross your fingers and hope the evil incarnation of your quarterback doesn't show up to a game. That's pretty much what happened yesterday and Bill O'Brien wasn't going to tolerate Bad Brock for the whole game yesterday, there was just too much at stake. The first pick Brock threw wasn't terrible on Brock's part. The TV color man described the play pretty well. Osweiler had to throw over the underneath coverage and hit his receiver in front of the deep cover guy. The ball, by necessity, was a little high but Will Fuller got both hands on the ball long enough to tip it up to the Jacksonville defender. I agreed with the commentator that the pick wasn't Brock's fault. The second pick was another story altogether. Brock scrambled out of trouble in the pocket by stepping up and running toward the line of scrimmage. Brock had nobody in front of him and he could have run for several yards, maybe not enough to get the first down but he would've gotten positive yards. Instead, he tried to fit the ball into his receiver through a convention of Jaguar players in the middle of the field and lo and behold he threw a pick. Sometimes you have to wonder just what in the hell he is looking at when he lets passes go like that. Sometimes his field vision is atrocious and it was again on this pass to DeAndre Hopkins. There was 10:02 left in the 2nd quarter when this happened and I'm sure it was decided to bench Osweiler before he left the field. Bill O'Brien has now seen enough of "Bad Brock" to know it wasn't likely to get better the rest of the afternoon.
    If you want to hear Tom Savage bashing listen to ESPN Houston radio around 4 o'clock on weekdays. You the show, The Blitz with Fred Faour and AJ Hoffman. There motto seems to be why say something good about any Houston franchise when a good bashing will do better. I have to give the boys credit though because they are a non-discriminatory group. They don't care what race, creed or color you are, if you are a Houston player you are going to get roasted. The reason I mention this is because I have heard both of them say Tom Savage is nothing more than a backup. I have disagreed right here in this forum in the past. I thought that Savage should get his shot at being the starter until the signing of Brock Osweiler this past spring. I knew Savage wouldn't get a shot seeing as how the Texans shelled out a crap-load of cash for Osweiler's service. He seemed to turn a corner in his development during the 2015 offseason. In last year's preseason games he really looked like a guy who got it and it was a shame he was hurt in the last preseason game against Dallas or he may have become the Texans starter last year. Again, this past summer he looked good in preseason again and I was hoping he would be the primary backup to Osweiler and I got my wish. Five minutes into the 2nd quarter fans got their wish when Savage came out on to replace Brock. Judging by the cheers for Savage when he came in the game it seems Coach O'Brien wasn't the only one tired of "Bad Brock". All Savage did was lead the team on scoring drive after scoring drive. There was a hiccup along the way with some stupid penalties by the O-line and a bad break fumble but basically Tom Savage came on and got the Texans moving. In the Texans first drive with Savage they drove from their own 25 to the Jags one yard line. The Texans thought they had a score on an Akeem Hunt run on 2nd and 2 at the two but Hunt fumbled prior to crossing the goal line and replay couldn't determine who recovered the ball. By rule that gave Houston the ball at the spot of fumble which was at the one yard line. On 3rd down Houston tried to run the ball and what usually happens when you run a 3 tight end goal line play the defense knows you're going to run and when Houston tried to run the ball in with Lamar Miller he got stuffed for no gain. O'Brien tried to go for it on 4th and 1 and he called a fade route to DeAndre Hopkins who was covered by Jalen Ramsey. A fade is poor man's Hail Mary which is to say it's a jump ball pass play and unless the receiver owns a distinct height advantage it is a very low percentage play. Ramsey played the ball perfectly and that was the end of the first real threat the Texans made in the game.
    At this point in the game Houston was trailing the Jags 13-2 but after a 3-and-out by Jacksonville Houston marched down the field and they got a field goal with :53 left in the half now trailing 13-5. In the second half Houston stopped Jax on their first drive and the offense took the punt and drove to the Jags 27 when the drive stalled. Nick Novak kicked a 45 yard FG to inch Houston closer at 13-8. On the ensuing kickoff Marquis Lee took the ball at his goal line and returned it 100 yards for a TD and just like that it was 20-8. Houston didn't fold because in three drives Tom Savage had taken the team right down the field and there was no reason not expect him to continue to lead the Texans down the field. Houston and Jacksonville trade short possessions when Houston got the ball back with about 3:30 left in the 3rd quarter. Savage led the Texans down the field again until the drive stalled at the Jags 27 forcing another Nick Novak FG. With just seconds left in the 3rd it was Jacksonville 20 and Houston 11. Houston forced the Jags into a 3 and out to begin the 4th and yet again they drove down the field on a 6 and half minute drive that, again, stalled. This time Houston got the ball down to the Jag's 10 and it was just a chip shot field goal for Novak to edge the Texans a little closer making the score 20-14 with 7:54 left in the game. Houston forced another 3 and out with the help of a first down holding penalty on Jacksonville. With just 5:46 left and the ball on their own 48 Savage and Texans went back to work this time needing a TD instead of a field goal. Baby wants a TD, baby gets a TD because after 2:56 seconds and 8 plays Lamar Miller powered in for the go ahead TD. There was still 2:51 left in the game but the defense wasn't going to let this one slip away. The D-line, Jadeveon Clowney in particular, harassed Blake Bortles and didn't allow him anything forcing the Jags to punt. Houston took over at the Jacksonville 40 after a 4th down attempt failed but the Texans were too cute in trying to run the clock out simply handing off for no gain 3 times. What the Texans did do was force the Jags to burn all three of their time outs so when they got the ball back they had to go 93 yards with 1:10 left in the game and no way to stop the clock. On first down Bortles tried to force the ball down the field and he got it picked off by Quentin Demps and two kneel-downs later Houston got the win they needed.
    Needed? Yep, because the Titans kicked a game winning field goal as time ran out to beat the Chiefs. Ironically, the Chiefs called time out right as former Chiefs kicker, Ryan Succup, tried to make the 53 yard field goal. The kick was well short and would have given the game to the Chiefs but the Titans were given a new life and this time Succup had the leg and he easily made the field goal for the win. And, oh BTW, the Colts went into the Minneapolis and kicked the living crap out of the Vikings. There is virtually no change in the division standings other than Jacksonville lost another game. Houston and Tennessee are tied for first place in the AFC South with Indy just a game back.
    I can't wait until 4 o'clock when I get to hear Fred and AJ talk about how surprised they were that Tom Savage didn't suck. Now, will this earn Savage a start against Cincinnati on Saturday? That remains to be seen but for now we can bask in the glow of what is a pretty nice win all things to considered.

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    Evidently Bill O'Brien had seen enough of Bad Brock this season because on Monday he announced that Tom Savage would be the starting QB when Houston plays Cincinnati on Saturday night. O'Brien, in his Monday press conference, announced the change of QB saying he did it in the best interests of the team. Brock was 7-6 as the Texans starter this season but the Texans could have, and should have, had a better record than that and most of the reason for the lack of success by Houston rested squarely on the shoulders of Brock Osweiler. Only Phillip Rivers (18) has thrown more picks than Brock who is tied for second in most INTs with Blake Bortles with 16 picks. Brock also has only 14 passing TD's which means his TD/INT ratio is not where you would like to see it. Anytime you have more picks than TD's you know you have a big problem. Brock got pissed last season when he was benched in favor of Peyton Manning after going 5-2 in seven starts but I believe Brock would have to admit he wasn't getting the job done and he had successfully played himself out of a job. I am very interested in seeing what Tom Savage can do. It may be this offense begins to click like I thought they would if Brock had played better.

    One plus for Savage coming in is he has the 5th ranked rushing offense in the NFL and the four headed monster Houston has at running back led by Lamar Miller has been a real strength of the Texans all season. If opposing teams have to actually respect the Houston passing game it should open up things even more for Miller and company to run wild. Besides Miller, who is 6th in rushing in the NFL with 1,073 yards, Houston has gotten solid contributions from Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Akeem Hunt. The Texans have proved they are even deeper at RB than they are at WR. I am pretty excited about this week's game because Cincinnati always seems to bring out the best in the Texans. I want to see how Tom Savage plays with a full week of practice with the 1's. You saw an immediate change in DeAndre Hopkins effectiveness when Savage came in the game in the 2nd quarter Sunday against Jacksonville. This offense could get real fun to watch. The trouble is the game is on Christmas Eve night so I probably won't get to watch until Monday all things considered. Thank goodness for a DVR.

    The NFL announced the Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday evening. The game is returning to the traditional AFC/NFC roster format as the Pro Bowl draft format was abandoned this year. Only Jadeveon Clowney made the PB for the Texans. LT Duane Brown, WR DeAndre Hopkins, RB Lamar Miller and LB Whitney Mercilus were named alternates. One guy for the Texans I definitely feel was snubbed is CB AJ Bouye. Bouye has been a one man wrecking crew and he has made play after play for the Texans all season. He is hurt by the fact that he only has one INT on the season but he has 12 passes defensed and I swear it seems like more. He has 51 tackles on the season with 34 of those solo tackles. It seems like every time something good happens on the Texans defense Bouye is right in the middle of it. I wish he would have at least made alternate.

    LT Duane Brown was named the Texans Ed Block Courage Award Winner for 2016. It's an honor bestowed on a player from each of the 32 NFL teams in recognition of excellence both on and off the field. Here's an article from Texans.com about the honor for Brown.

    http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...a-8c5e5c416e41

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