After today's game against the Detroit Lions, your Houston Texans (and their fans) get a week off. I'm guessing the conversations over that week--really, the next two weeks--will vary greatly depending on the outcome of this afternoon's Week Eight clash.
Should the Texans win, they're 5-3 at the halfway mark of the regular season. Things have been far from perfect, but they'd be atop the division and on pace for double-digit wins as they get a chance to regroup and recover.
Should the Texans lose to the Lions today, the Texans' record would drop to 4-4, putting them in a tie for the division lead with the Titans (and potentially the Colts, should Andrew Luck & Co. defeat the Chiefs this week). Such an outcome will certainly lead to mass wailing, gnashing of teeth, and beating of breasts, with Brock Osweiler and Bill O'Brien the likely targets of said hysteria.
Quite a dichotomy, ain't it? I can hardly wait to see which path the 2016 Houston Texans choose.
/pounds trusty tumbler full of Bushmills
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