This week, Mike asked the masthead to predict each one of the games the Texans play for the rest of the season. In the summer, this is futile. It’s too random. Even picking a game this weekend correctly is difficult to do. Picking the end of the year record is usually a waste a time. Selecting a Week Nine winner in June is an absolutely worthless endeavor.
Now, at this point of time, now that we have some information and know some things, it’s a worthwhile endeavor. Here’s how we think the Texans’ remaining season plays out.
To finish the season,I have Houston beating Washington since they don’t have an offensive line and have to run the football. I have them beating Tennessee since they have to run the football. I have them beating Cleveland since they have to run the football and their passing offense consists of swing routes solely
I have the Texans LOSING to Indy because the Colts can throw the ball; T.Y. Hilton is healthy again and he loves playing the Texans (Johnathan Joseph especially)
I have the Texans beating the JEts because they have to run the ball and aren’t very good at it
I have them LOSING to the Eagles because they can spread you out some, throw it a little bit, and they have a great defensive line
I have the Texans beating the Jaguars because they have to run the football. I’m devastated that this won’t be a Week 17 AFC South Championship Game.
So I have Houston going 5-2 to end the year, leaving them 11-5, which will give them a home playoff game against the Bengals or Chargers probably.
What a different world than the one we saw in our palms back in Week Four.
Every team aside from the Eagles relies upon running the ball to win. Only Andrew Luck might be added as a guy that can beat a team through the air as every other QB really can’t (maybe Baker Mayfield?).
So I think we go 6-1 the rest of the season. Almost all of them one-score games. Then we get blown out in the playoffs. #2015Redux
6-1 after the bye week for a 12-4 finish. The only loss I can foresee is to Philly, and even that may be a winnable game. If there are no more key injuries, I think this Houston team could get to the AFC Championship Game. It will require Deshaun Watson and the gang going off schedule to spice up O’Brien’s propensity for turtling in one-possession leads, but it’s doable.
I’ve seen a lot of games where Adrian Peterson hits the field with a chip on his shoulder, and it’s usually not pretty for the opposing defense. Having voiced a repeated desire to be part of the talented Houston Texans roster, Peterson will probably want to prove a point when his new team faces the Texans. But three things are different this time around.
1. Peterson isn't the Adrian of old; he’s just old.
2. His offensive line is hardly the stuff of legend.
3. Houston’s defensive line is the stuff of legend.
While Alex Smith has had some success against the Texans, the rest of their team isn’t in much shape to help this time around, so I expect Houston to win another nail-biter.
After that, the only real threats come in the shape of the Titans and Eagles. Yes, I heard the collective groan when y’all read “Titans,” but Mike Vrabel might just have Bill O’Brien’s number. No one knows how to attack the H-Town defense like Mike.
Wins against Redskins, Colts, Jets, and Jaguars.
Total obliteration against the Browns. Like, Deshaun and crew hang another 50 burger on an AFC opponent kind of obliteration.
Losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans.
Houston lands at 11-5, beats the Bengals yet again in the Wild Card round, and has another “If only these five things had gone our way we coulda won” game in Foxborough against the Patriots to end their 2018 season.
I’ll say the Texans go 5-2 the rest of the way, which would put them at 11-5 for the season. The wins should come against Washington, Tennessee, and Cleveland—which will extend the current winning streak to nine games—before the Colts sully things at NRG Stadium next month. The Texans will then take two of their final three, sandwiching a loss to the Eagles with wins over the Jets and Jaguars.
I think that’ll make Houston the third seed in the AFC Playoffs (with the Chiefs and Patriots grabbing the two byes), which means a home game in the first round against whoever wins the final wild card berth.