Through their first eight games the Texans boasted a positive seven (+7) turnover differential. They gave up six turnovers, while accumulating 13 takeaways.
Through four games since the bye week, the Texans have turned the ball over six times. On the other hand, they have taken the ball away just seven times (+1 differential.)
There has been an obvious change in pace since the bye week. In half as many games, they have given the ball away just as many times. These are dangerous numbers for a team that takes pride in playing smash mouth defense, and plowing through opponents on the ground.
If Houston wants to compete with the likes of New England (chance coming up in week 14) they must get back on top of the turnover situation. Giveaways will sink the Texans.
Don’t believe me? Turnovers have nearly buried the Texans in two consecutive games, against mediocre opponents.
Imagine the same turnover numbers against an elite scoring offense.
I think Baltimore was a bigger threat early in the year, too. They've been less dominant that we are accustomed to seeing, and the injury bug has been ever-present. They will definitely be in the playoff mix, how far they go will probably depend upon how far the offense will carry them.
The Patriots will likely have a healthy Hernandez though. When healthy, he can be utilized as efficiently as Gronk, no? Bill is usually able to get the most out of either/or. I don't want to underestimate Gronk's absence, but the same should be said for Hernandez's presence.
I guess I'm most excited to see two things with Houston. 1. If/when the defense will be back. 2. We've seen the offense win an absolute shootouts with Jac and Det; can they do the same against a NE team that is scoring at will?
Definitely looking forward to it. Monday Night Football, too, if I'm not mistaken.
This seems to be a national affliction where the Texans are the red-headed stepchild of Rodney Dangerfield. 14 quarters in 11 days with 3 wins to show for it. You'd be calling the Pats invincible after such a feat. Missing MVP linebacker, two other starting linebackers,starting nose tackle,right tackle,tight end,#1B running back,shutdown corner for parts or all of the games. You point out they'll be unlikely to compete against "elite" QB's like Brady,Manning and Rothelisberger? Well,they beat Manning in Denver,Stafford in Detroit,Flacco got smoked,beat Bears in Chicago. Rodgers got hot the week following Cushing's loss,their defensive captain and driving force. Brady can't score without the ball, KC proved Manning can't either. Kubiak's teams win alot when they control the ball. The MNF game will be huge,but there likely will be a rematch in Houston. Neither NE nor Denver has had as tough a road schedule as Houston. One more tough road win convince you?
I give them credit where credit is due; each of the wins required mental toughness and obviously, huge offensive performances. On the other hand, they were playing defenses that were relatively bad. Not to mention that Jacksonville offense.... you can't argue the fact that those two games were ugly for Houston.
The elite thing ... I feel that Tom Brady is playing at an extremely high level right now. Peyton Manning has completely stepped his game up since the Texans played them in week 3. Stafford, Flacco and Cutler have no place on that list, in my opinion.
I don't need much convincing. They're a good team. Injuries ( you mentioned a few ) have been damaging to Houston in the past. You can't discount the impact of injuries, whether they come at the fault of the team or not.
At this point, I'm excited to see them play New England. The Patriots were not so hot this week, either...