What's the Deal With the Houston Texans?
The Houston Texans are a 0-4 team that could easily be 2-2 if they weren't so snake bit. Three of four on the road, with a Hurricane Ike-imposed bye in week 2.
They have lost in so many strange ways this season, that I don't think anything could surprise me. I mean, look at the above video from last week. It was like a remake of the movie Predator, with Gary Kubiak playing the Schwartzenegger guy and with the backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels playing the role of the uh Rosenchappa.
Typically, the Texans play much better at home, and played better at home last Sunday, except for that last 4 minute thingy. The Texans offense has looked much more on track, especially for the last two games, and well, the defense looks still not so good, but better when the offense doesn't give away the ball.
The key matchup will be to see whether the Texans offense will be able to move the ball against the Dolphins 3-4. The Texans offense has struggled some against the 3-4 this year (Cowboys preseason, Steelers week one, both on the road). Defensively, the Texans are a young team that often plays hard but not smart, so it will be interesting to see what they do with the prospects of Dolphin trickery.
Interesting checking out the recent Football Outsider stats on the teams. Ultimately, I think what has hurt the Texans the most all season is that the quarterbacks haven't taken care of the ball. All of the Texans turnovers have come from the QB position. The defense needs all the help they can get, and defending short fields doesn't help.
Interestingly, the Texans are physically in better shape than they were last year at the same time at 2-2. All of their key players are healthy, and they added running back Steve Slaton this year. He's played three starts, and he has been on the ballot of Rookie of the Week three times.
(HT video: KSK)