Houston Texans: Still Playoff-Bound Despite Latest Setback To Cowboys

Denton RamseySenior Analyst ISeptember 26, 2010

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes past cornerback Glover Quin #29 and linebacker DeMeco Ryans #59 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans fans: Forget Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Boys have been bitter ever since losing to the Texans in Houston’s 2002 inaugural season, and Dallas has been planning it’s vengeance for eight long years.

If you talk to most Dallas Cowboys fans—or players—about that 2002 memory, they’ll tell you it still angers them to this day.

Well, on Sunday, the Cowboys returned the favor to the Texans by handing Houston it’s first loss of the 2010 season.

Dallas, meanwhile, garnered win No. 1 on the season after starting the year 0-2.

The Cowboys, preseason favorites by many to make the trip to—if not win—this year’s Super Bowl, can now breathe a sigh of relief after garnering its first win of 2010.

The Texans, on the other hand, entered the season with question marks still surrounding the team—that is, until Houston started the season hot by beating the Colts at Reliant Stadium and picking up a come-from-behind victory in Week 2 at Washington.

Now, there’s talk of the Texans not only reaching postseason play—but possibly even making a trip to the Super Bowl.

Oh, by the way: Dallas will be the sight of this season’s Super Bowl.

Can you imagine if the Houston Texans enter that stage?

I digress.

Three weeks into the NFL season, the Houston Texans still appear to be a playoff-bound team—though there are some kinks to be worked out heading into Week 4, a road game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Oct. 3.

The Texans still have a damn good team, along with fantastic leaders such as head coach Gary Kubiak and a quarterback Matt Schaub (just to mention a couple names).

Houston also has a team that believes in one another.

A team that walks onto the football field night-in and night-out expecting to win.

A team with confidence and faith, knowing the guys on the gridiron will do whatever it takes to pull out a victory.

And that team is the 2010 Texans—donning the red, white, and blue jerseys with heads held high and a demeanor claiming, “this is the season for Houston’s football franchise to take that next step in the right direction.”

That next step?

The playoffs.

Granted, we’re only just barely heading into Week 4 of the NFL season—so let’s take this one step, and one game, at a time.

But believe me when I say the Texans latest setback to the Cowboys will not derail this team.

Houston will bounce back next week.

Kubiak, Schaub, and company wouldn’t have it any other way…

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com