Hate is such a strong word, isn't it?
But if you are a Texan fan, you have to wonder some. The Texans have just about the worst schedule in the league. Based on last season's win-losses, the strength of schedule is about 9th depending on how you calculate it. But this doesn't reflect how the games are spaced and against whom.
The early part of the schedule is a brutality filled with a bunch of preseason favorites. Then, in the middle part of the schedule, the Texans are the only team to go 6 of 8 games on the road, with a three game road stretch in the middle. (And also ugly from a tailgating perspective are all noon starts, all those road games in the middle of the season, and home games on both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve).
It is not quite the schedule you want if you are a coach installing a new offense and defense. Gary Kubiak isn't whining about it, but he sure is using the word "challenge" and "test" a lot.
And I'm checking out stuff around the internet, and come across these photos on NFL.com from the Texans-Chiefs preseason game. This is a game that the Texans won 24-14. They scored in every quarter, rushed for 173 yards and held the Chiefs to 172 yards. But if you were looking at these pictures, with four out of the five showing positive play by the Chiefs, you would have thought KC won..
Oh, and the picture of Mario Williams is completely miscaptioned on the NFL site: "Texans top draft pick DE Mario Williams signals to the bench for directions." That is, for the lack of a more elegant term, dog turd. I was at the game, and he was just trying to get the crowd going, moving his arms up and down.
Okay, maybe I'm being a little touchy about this stuff, but you try sitting through last year's Texans season and not get a little cranky.