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When the 2019 season finally ends for the Houston Texans, one word will haunt them all offseason: consistency. The Texans have shown an incredible lack of it as the season has progressed. Yes, it is nice to beat teams like the first place Chiefs and Patriots, but it is absolutely inexcusable to lose to the dregs of the league like the Panthers and Broncos.

Each time one of these losses happens, head coach pretender Bill O’Brien stands up in front of the media and masses of fans to exclaim that it is his fault and the team just wasn’t prepared. It would be an admirable thing to do, fall on the sword like he does, if it wasn’t happening so often. The truth is that Texans fans have seen this happen far too often in the past. Those words now ring empty.

The reality of the situation is the Texans don’t have all the pieces needed to win a Super Bowl. There is a lack of vision in the front office, a lack of talent in the coaching offices, and a lack of depth on the roster. It’ll be easy to view this season as the “what might have been” season. The Texans went all in by trading away future draft picks for players that were supposed to put them over the top. Unfortunately, instead of hosting the Lombardi Trophy in February, the Texans will be trying to exorcise the poltergeist known as “inconsistency.”

  1. San Francisco 49ers (11-2)
  2. Baltimore Ravens (11-2)
  3. New Orleans Saints (10-3)
  4. Green Bay Packers (10-3)
  5. Minnesota Vikings (9-4)
  6. Seattle Seahawks (10-3)
  7. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4)
  8. New England Patriots (10-3)
  9. Buffalo Bills (9-4)
  10. Tennessee Titans (8-5)
  11. Houston Texans (8-5)
  12. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)
  13. Los Angeles Rams (8-5)
  14. Chicago Bears (7-6)
  15. Indianapolis Colts (6-7)
  16. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
  17. Dallas Cowboys (6-7)
  18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)
  19. Los Angeles Chargers (5-8)
  20. Oakland Raiders (6-7)
  21. Denver Broncos (5-8)
  22. Carolina Panthers (5-8)
  23. Cleveland Browns (6-7)
  24. New York Jets (5-8)
  25. Atlanta Falcons (4-9)
  26. Detroit Lions (3-9-1)
  27. Arizona Cardinals (3-9-1)
  28. Miami Dolphins (3-10)
  29. New York Giants (2-11)
  30. Washington Redskins (3-10)
  31. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)
  32. Cincinnati Bengals (1-12)

It’s All But Over: Tom Brady

The Patriots haven’t looked good as a team for about a month now. The offense hasn’t looked good for much of the season. True, Tom Brady has a lack of offensive weapons, but he has struggled and, dare I say, looked mortal this season. Turns out that age is one of those things that can creep up on you and strike at any moment. Brady has looked slow, inaccurate, and frustrated at times this season. It’s incredible seeing him lose his poise so often. Rumors are that Brady and the Patriots could be heading for a split this offseason. There is one question we should all be asking, “Is this the last we see of Tom Brady?”

Modern Mythology: Tennessee Titans

I’ll admit it. I’m scared of the Tennessee Titans. This is one of those franchises that I used to mock and openly look down on. However, since Ryan Tannehill has taken over as the QB, this team has looked scary good. Derrick Henry is killing people in the run game. The defense is more than serviceable. The AFC South is going to be a race to finish between the Texans and the Titans. With two head-to-head games left, it’s entirely possible that the Titans could not only win the AFC South, but could knock the Texans out of the NFL Playoffs altogether.