Houston Texans Meltdown, How Tennessee Put The Texans Playoff Hopes On Ice

Rick BrokawCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2010

QB Matt Schaub's expression sums up the disappointing season of the Houston Texans.
QB Matt Schaub's expression sums up the disappointing season of the Houston Texans.Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The season for the Houston Texans started out on a very promising note. They defeated Indianapolis, Washington and Oakland while losing only to Dallas. They lost again to the New York Giants, but rebounded with a "W" against Kansas City...and from there it was all downhill.

Coming off of their week seven bye, the Texans have managed to lose seven of their eight games. What started out looking like a promising season turned into a flurry of excuses and reasons why they could not manage to win.

Granted, the team lost star cornerback Dunta Robinson, and yes, it also lost defensive captain DeMeco Ryans. Additionally, it had to play four games without starting linebacker Brian Cushing and four games without left tackle Duane Brown, but come on!

This team has an abundance of talent: Running back Arian Foster has led the league in rushing for most of the season, wide receiver Andre Johnson has kept pace with the top receivers in the league despite being injured, and quarterback Matt Schaub has led some amazing come-from-behind wins.

Yet this team has still found a way to keep losing.

Fans of the team have blamed the players, they have blamed the coaching, heck, some of them have even blamed themselves for the team's performance.

The fact of the matter is, when it really came down to it, the team could not manage to win the truly important games. Frustration reigned supreme on the field today, as was evident in the skirmish between teammates Antonio Smith and Brian Cushing. Tennessee had shown up ready to play; the Texans appeared ready for the off-season.

Once again, Texans fans are left scratching their heads wondering if and when the team will make it to the playoffs. The team that had started off hot this season, and had expectations of reaching the playoffs, fizzled out and froze at the hands of a rival. Maybe next year will be different. Then again, maybe it won't.