The Houston Texans were absolutely crushed by the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Their defensive line was manhandled, their linebackers were useless and their secondary did not even bother to show up.
Tom Brady did everything he wanted, whenever he wanted.
On offense things were not much better. Matt Schaub was awful, Arian Foster could not really get anything going on the ground and Andre Johnson had the most quiet 95-yard receiving night imaginable.
In a game where the Houston Texans were ready to prove that they could compete with the best teams in the NFL on a prime-time stage, they were absolutely embarrassed. Head coach Gary Kubiak showed that his team was certainly not ready for the big stage.
Now, it is only one game, and the Texans still sit on top of the AFC Conference with an 11-2 record, but if these two teams meet in the playoffs, the exact same thing is going to happen.
Why should we expect anything different?
This is not the first time this year that Houston has been exposed defensively. They gave up 354 yards passing and four touchdowns to Jaguars backup quarterback Chad Henne during a win on November 18. Then on Thanksgiving, they gave up 441 yards passing to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
While J.J. Watt may be the best defensive player in the entire NFL and the Texans have one of the best rush defenses in the league, their pass defense is one of the absolute worst. It's hard to see them going very far in the postseason with such a glaring weakness, especially in the pass-heavy National Football League.
Offensively things are good for the Texans, but with Schaub at quarterback, it's hard to envision them winning any big games. Houston has played five really good teams this season. If you look at Schaub's performances in those games, you'll notice a disturbing trend. He was terrible tonight against New England, he was terrible against Green Bay, he was okay against Baltimore and he was absolutely awful against Chicago.
To his credit, he did play a good game against Denver at the beginning of the year. But doing good in one out of five big games does not mean that you are a great quarterback.
The Houston Texans have a lot of problems with their team, and a great team like the New England Patriots can expose those problems.
Monday night's game showed that while the Texans have improved a lot this year, they are still not in the class of the NFL elite. This team has too many flaws to be considered a serious Super Bowl contender.