In my opinion, people are getting way too worked up about the Texans. I feel I have some good reasons for this.
The Texans are a very good team, I’m not arguing that.
There is a huge difference though between a very good team and a Super Bowl contending team.
You need one of two things to win the big game: Either an elite quarterback or a great defense.
Before that, Pittsburgh had arguably the best defense in the league that season, and you can argue Roethlisberger is an elite quarterback, in the playoffs at least.
2005 Steelers? Unbelievable defense.
Patriots? Yeah, Tom Brady, and a great defense.
Recognize the pattern?
Matt Schaub is a good quarterback, but not a great one. No playoff experience, and quite frankly, he just is not an elite quarterback to me.
The elite’s of the league are guys like Brady, Manning, Brees, Rodgers, maybe Rivers, and Favre.
Guys like Matt Schaub, Tony Romo, Donovan Mcnabb, and Carson Palmer are the second tier of quarterbacks. Very good, but not great.
The Texans have a great defensive player in Mario Williams, but an atrociously bad defense as a whole. They have allowed a combined total of 51 points in their first two games.
If that sounds bad, how about this stat? 31st, yes 31st, in total defense.
Can a team like this honestly be considered a contender? They have a quarterback who has yet to prove anything in his career and a terrible defense.
To me, the Texans are just flat out pretenders. A team like Houston makes for a very good regular season team, but not a contender in the playoffs.
Sorry Houston fans, but face it.