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Last week, I asked:
If the Texans beat the Raiders this week, how much will the confidence of those surveyed increase? Ten percent? Twenty?
The answer is 11. 11%. The Texans’ win over the Raiders resulted in the confidence of those surveyed to move from 24% to 35%.
I reckon the leap will be greater should the Texans emerge victorious over the Jaguars across the pond on Sunday morning. That would mean Houston would be 6-3, with a 2-1 record in the division, heading into their week off. When they return to action in Week 11, Houston’s remaining regular season slate is:
- @ Ravens
- Colts (Thursday Night Football)
- Patriots (Sunday Night Football)
- @ Titans
None of those teams are pushovers, but it’s also not beyond reason to believe the Texans could win four of their final seven games, and ten wins should get a team into the postseason in the AFC this year. Winning five of those seven, however, could be a bridge too far for a defense that figures to struggle mightily with covering opposing wideouts and at generating pressure without J.J. Watt. That makes Sunday’s tilt in London rather important. Win, and a playoff berth looks far more realistic. Lose, and the road to ten wins is fraught with peril.