The Houston Texans were expected to be in contention for the NFL’s most prestigious prize.
Houston advanced to the AFC divisional playoff game last year. Houston added safety Ed Reed, which was supposed to be the final component to an already strong defense. The Texans decided to bring running back Arian Foster along slowly and limit his workload prior to the season. Many NFL observers believed Houston would contend for a Super Bowl championship.
After Houston’s embarrassing 38-13 loss against St. Louis, the Texans are arguably the NFL’s most disappointing team.
The New York Giants have struggled, but few expected them to compete for a Super Bowl title. Houston has fallen to 2-4, and the least amount of points the Texans have given up this season has been 23.
“I have to wake up tomorrow and start from scratch,” coach Gary Kubiak told UltimateTexans.com.
There are a lot of people to blame for Houston’s dismal start, but quarterback Matt Schaub has received much of the blame.
Schaub has played poorly this season, setting an NFL record for interceptions returned for a touchdown in consecutive games (four). The anger against Schaub was so intense, one fan burned his jersey, while another showed up at the quarterback’s home to voice their disapproval.
In addition, some of Houston’s fans cheered when Schaub left the game with a leg injury. Those cheers ended when backup T.J. Yates threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown a few plays later.
Houston’s defense has also been disappointing.
The Texans did not record a sack or turnover against the Rams. Houston has given up 30 points or more three times this season. Reed was hampered by a hip injury, but his addition has not helped Houston’s defense this season.
It explains why Houston has been so disappointing this year.
That is definitely not the prize Houston hoped to claim prior to this season.