Watching J.J. Watt play with a CLUB is the perfect metaphor for the Texans under Bill O'Brien. They are a talented team that should win at least ten games in an easy division. Yet they don't, because they play every week with their hand tied behind their back. Every week, they field a quarterback who falls somewhere between below average and replacement level. As a result, the Texans are forced to win with, but not because, of him.
Going back to last season, for the Texans to win they need to get a lead, run the ball, hold the opponent to 13 points, rush the passer, win the turnover battle, and play sterile, squeaky clean football. When they get caught behind and are forced to score more than 21 points to win, they're screwed. We've seen it enough times to get it.
Despite it all, the thing about last night's game is that it doesn't matter. Winning the next three weeks is what does. The conundrum is next week they're playing a must win game, in a stadium they've never won at before, against Andrew Luck, with either T.J. Yates or Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Like the New England game last night, I don't, and never will, have the confidence that Houston wins this type of game until it actually happens.
And it won't occur until they fix the quarterback situation and stop playing football with one hand. Until then, this franchise's apex will be beating the Cincinnati Bengals a couple of times.