Your undefeated Houston Texans are about to square off against the winless Cleveland Browns. In years past, that might not be an unusual statement if it was made in the early part of the NFL season. This year, however, is not like most years. The Texans were (are?) widely considered to be the worst team in the league, whereas the Browns are thought to be a likely playoff participant and perhaps even a dark horse to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The Browns are accordingly double-digit favorites in today’s contest and should easily dispatch the Texans, no matter what happened last week.
But you know what? That’s why they play the games. The Texans and Browns will decide what narrative should control moving forward.
Last week, I embedded a Joe Diffie video in the first game thread. The Texans responded by looking like a legitimate professional football team and thrashed the Jaguars. Have I inadvertently stumbled upon a talisman of sorts? There’s only one way to find out. Dim the lights and lock the door, friends.
By popular request, we’re not going to post separate threads for the second, third, or fourth quarters. If the number of comments merits it, we’ll add a thread, but the plan for now is to keep all in-game commentary contained to this post.
It’s time for the Texans’ second game of the 2021 regular season. Let us do this.
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