The Dallas Cowboys threw a little cold water on the Houston Texans' hot start by handing the latter their first defeat of the year.
In the NFL, one week you are the dark horse, poised for a deep playoff run. After an ugly loss, everyone writes you off as a bust—you are exiled to football purgatory where only a string of key victories can pull you out of mediocrity.
Two weeks into the season, the Houston Texans were 2-0. They had just knocked off the perennial AFC powerhouse Indianapolis Colts in impressive fashion and had erased a 17-point deficit late in the third quarter at Washington to win that game in overtime.
They were all the talk on ESPN. "This is the year when the Texans finally get over the hump" was the chant in Houston and around the NFL. With the Colts in the rear view, the Texans would never look back.
One week later, the Texans lost at home to a struggling Cowboys team that seemed to finally find their mojo in a convincing 27-13 victory in which Houston couldn't muster a touchdown until the final two minutes.
Questions surround Gary Kubiak's boys as to if they can bounce back. They are a young team with a weak pass defense that could—and already did—hinder them.
My question to you is, since when was a loss to the Cowboys considered a "bad" loss?
Here are five reasons why the Texans will return to form and leave fans no reason to worry anymore.