Houston Texans: 10 Predictions for the Remainder of the Season
The Houston Texans came into the season with the hardest-ranked schedule of the entire NFL and were still a favorite to possibly win the AFC South.
After they upset the Colts in Week 1 with a breakout performance by one of the league's top rushers this season, Arian Foster, many spectators began to think they might actually have what it takes.
Alas, here we are yet again.
At 4-5, the Texans went from first place in the division to last place in a matter of two weeks.
What has happened to the Houston Texans?
Whatever the problems have been up to this point, here are 10 predictions for the remainder of the 2010 season.
10. Arian Foster Will Finish with More Rushing Yards Than Chris Johnson
The Houston Texans have been in need of a true running back ever since the franchise came into existence in 2002.
Coming into the season, the Texans might have been optimistic about Arian Foster, but I doubt they knew he would blow up the way he has.
So far this season Foster has 920 yards on 172 carries.
That's a very healthy 5.3 yards per carry.
CJ2K is a great running back with 838 rushing yards this season, and no other running back in the league is capable of performing the way he is.
Still, Foster gets more yards from fewer carries and will finish with more yards than Johnson.
9. The Defense Will Allow Four Touchdowns Per Game
All right, so unfortunately the previous prediction is about the only positive thing the Texans have going for them.
This prediction is more one of continuous play.
The Texans already allow 28 points per game, which is good enough for 31st in the league.
Unfortunately, I don't see that getting any better.
Especially with opponents such as Tennessee (twice) and Philadelphia who are capable of putting up big points, the Texans will have a tough time bringing that average down.
8. Their Win Against the Colts Will Be Only Divisional Win of Season
I am proud to say that I actually called the Texans upsetting the Colts in Week 1, as you can see in my weekly against the spread articles.
Since then, the Colts have redeemed themselves, and the Jaguars have also beaten the Texans.
With the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars both looking to fight for a wild card spot or even the division, Houston won't be able to keep up.
7. The Secondary Issue Will Not Be Handled Correctly
When Al Harris was released, I thought it was a great opportunity for the Houston Texans to pick up a veteran defensive back that would immediately come in and give this secondary an upgrade.
The fact that the Texans didn't get him proves they are going to try in the offseason, which is the wrong answer.
The Texans could be a playoff team this season if they could amp up their secondary somehow.
Sure, they will most definitely go after a defensive back in the draft and might even try free agency.
But if they let Al Harris go by, what other opportunities will slip through Houston's grasp?
6. Gary Kubiak Will Be on the Hot Seat
No coach has done what Gary Kubiak has done to help this build this team up and win.
Unfortunately, it's still not enough.
When it all boils down, the fact remains that the Houston Texans are in last place in the division with seven games to go.
There is no doubt that this team has the ability to be something special, but as the saying goes, "Players win, coaches lose."
5. The Texans Will Not Win Another Home Game
Seven games to go in the season, three home games:
Tennessee, Baltimore and Jacksonville in the last game of the season.
Houston is slowly crumbling, and with an extremely tough schedule ahead of them, beating two teams in their division fighting for a playoff spot will not be an easy task.
Throw that in with a game against the extremely tough Baltimore Ravens, and Houston fans may be disappointed for attending any home games.
4. Matt Schaub Will Be Questioned as the Right Guy for the Job
Personally, I like Matt Schaub.
I feel he has the ability to be a great quarterback in the NFL.
Unfortunately, when you lose, it usually comes down on two people: the head coach and the quarterback.
Gary Kubiak was the one who went out and got Matt Schaub, and for good reason. He is the best quarterback the Texans have ever seen.
Still, when Kubiak starts feeling the heat, so will his quarterback, and people will question if Schaub is the right man for the job.
3. The Texans Will Finish Last in Passing Defense
This prediction isn't really that bold.
The Texans are already allowing just over 300 passing yards per game, which is good enough for last place in the league.
They are one of two teams in the league that have allowed over 20 touchdowns through the air.
They also only have five interceptions, which ties four other teams for second to last in the NFL.
Absolutely no one is afraid to pass on this defense, and opposing quarterbacks are like kids at Christmas when they get to go up against the Texans secondary.
2. We Will See Matt Leinart at Quarterback Before the End of the Season
When Matt Leinart went to the Texans, I was actually kind of shocked.
As I said earlier, I think Matt Schaub is a very good quarterback.
But as the Texans lose, the pressure will be on Kubiak to make some changes.
Whether it is by injury or simply by benching, Schaub will miss at least a few snaps, and we will see Leinart at quarterback for the Texans before the season is over.
1. Houston Will Finish 5-11 and Miss the Playoffs Again
The Houston Texans came into the season with the toughest schedule in the entire NFL.
Some may say seven wins with a schedule like they have had isn't that bad.
They are also in one of the toughest divisions in the league, so you do have to cut them some slack.
Still, I'm predicting only one more win this season, and the Houston Texans will finish in last place in the AFC South and miss the playoffs yet again.