Houston Didn't Need to Lose and Other Must-Reads from Around the AFC South

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

Can't a loss just be a loss?

The excuses and rationalization following the 42-24 beatdown of the Houston Texans at the hands of the Green Bay Packers is mind blowing.

Randy Harvey of The Houston Chronicle gets an assist from Danieal Manning in trying to explain how it's really a good thing the Texans got crushed in a nationally televised game.

In the article of the day, Harvey argues:

But the real reason they lost is because they didn’t have to win...


Kubiak wouldn’t admit this either, but this could be a good loss for the Texans. He needs to get their attention again, like he had it when the team believed it had something to prove rather than show off to a national television audience.

Stop it. Just stop it.

The Texans didn't lose because they didn't have to win.

First, I'm not sure those words have any real meaning. Second, they lost because Aaron Rodgers was flat-out spectacular and would have likely beat any team in football last night.

There's no silver lining. There's no wake-up call. If the Texans had won, they'd be 6-0. No team that is 5-0 needs a wake-up call.

What's the logic here? The Texans lost, so that will help them win?

You know what else helps a team win?


Nothing changed last night. Houston is still the same very good team in a very bad conference that it's always been. The Texans aren't world beaters. They aren't an all-time great juggernaut.

There is no team like that in the NFL right now.

The Texans lost to a great quarterback who got hot. It happens.

No other explanation is necessary.


General Interest

Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts argues his five best quarterbacks ever.

J.J. Cooper of Football Outsiders looks at sack length.

The Football Outsiders comment on Week 6.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective ranks the best and worst offensive and defensive units ever.

Keith Goldner of Advanced NFL Stats marvels at the Arizona Cardinals' field-goal strategy.


Houston Texans

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com says the Texans aren't invalidated by one dud.

Stephanie Stradley of The Houston Chronicle recaps the game.

Tania Ganguli of The Houston Chronicle has five reasons the Texans lost.

Jerome Solomon of The Houston Chronicle says Aaron Rodgers showed he's elite.


Indianapolis Colts

Judy Battista of The New York Times profiles Andrew Luck.

Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star says signing Reggie Wayne made the Colts look smart.

Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star says the Colts landed with a thud.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan recaps the loss to the New York Jets.


Tennessee Titans

Josh Cooper of The Tennessean says the Titans have fast linebackers.

Jim Wyatt and John Glennon of The Tennessean say the Titans' season may be saved.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Jason Lisk of The Big Lead lists Gene Smith as on the hot seat.

Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union has a Q/A with Smith.

Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union says Smith's team hasn't arrived yet.

Frenette reviews the Jaguars' 2011 draft.

O'Halloran looks at Smith's free-agent signings.


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