Are the Houston Texans the New King of the Hill in the Lone Star State?

Ray TannockSenior Analyst ISeptember 20, 2010

LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans hands off during the game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 19, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans defeated the Redskins 30-27 in overtime. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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In what was the greatest comeback game in the short 2010 season, the Houston Texans made another indelible mark on the NFL community, by shutting down a Washington Redskins' offense that seemingly had the game in the bag.

It isn’t just the comeback that is causing everyone to shift their attention towards Houston but rather the myriad of offensive players who are contributing as a well-oiled machine.

Once known as a one-dimensional squad, the Texans have entered the 2010 season with just a many weapons as the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and particularly, their cross-state rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.

But when you compare apples to apples, the Dallas Cowboys—the face of Texas—are being replaced by a young upstart band of gun-slinging good ol’ boys, and there’s no signs of a “slowdown.”

The Cowboys are equipped with a significant array of offensive weapons including Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Felix Jones, Tashard Choice, and Marion Barber.

But regardless of the quantity of players on the field, it has been the lack of quality that has hurt the Cowboys in the early goings.

Miscues, dropped passes, turnovers, and just some downright awful football, has left the start of the Cowboys season—a very promising one might I add—in a current state of ruination.

The “other” team from Texas, as they have silently been referred to over the years, has been a direct opposite of the team famously known as "America’s Team."

Effective execution, advantageous playmaking, ball protection, and a never-say-lose attitude (as seen in their triumphant come-from-behind victory Sunday) have been the defining aspects of a team that is a “lone-star” in their own right.

And they are doing it with half the fame.

Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson have always been the leaders of this team, but players such as Jacoby Jones, Kevin Walter, and rising superstar Arian Foster, have taken the reins of this wild horse under their own saddles into what is seemingly a brand new horizon, and they have begun staking their claim as the new Sheriff in Texas.

Football has always been characterized by definitive change:

  • The end of the Lombardi era
  • The rise and fall of the 49ers dynasty
  • Brett Favre trading his longtime Packers helmet for a Vikings helmet

These are just a few examples in a long list of eye-popping transformations that NFL fans have experienced over the years.

But the reality is, one has to take notice to the possibility of a changing of the guard in the state of Texas.

The Cowboys are getting old, their coaching staff is on the hot seat, and the days of being that dominant dynasty are beginning to fade.

The Texans are fueled by youth, solidarity, and a thirst for being recognized as something more than an expansion team.

Ah, the drama!

But when we put all of this together, one has to take notice that a new force could be rising in Texas, and before long, it will be the Texans that will be the face of the state they are named after.

And quite frankly, the only thing that would be sweeter than that, would be a showdown in the Super Bowl.

Isn’t football great?

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