Sunday's game between the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos is one of two teams that seem to be headed in the same direction, down. Both teams had high hopes coming into the season, and both have slipped badly, particularly on defense.
The Texans rank dead last in passing defense while the Broncos are near the bottom in run defense. The Texans boast the leading rusher in the NFL (Arian Foster) against that porous Denver D and the Broncos, at least until the past two games, had one of the top five passing games to face up against the weak pass defense of the Texans.
The Broncos fired their boy genius two weeks ago, and the Texans could well jettison their head coach, Gary Kubiak. Yes, the same "Kubes" of past Bronco fame and on the short list of potential coaching additions back in Denver.
This is also the first starting home game for the Broncos' second 2010 first round draft choice, Tim Tebow. His first start in place of Kyle Orton, one of the early leaders in Pro Bowl consideration until a rib injury forced him out, was last week in Oakland and was encouraging in some ways.
However, it was not very revealing, as the playbook had been dumbed-down to about 12-15 options for young Mr. Tebow. It will be interesting to see what interim head coach Eric Studesville and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy have in mind for him today.
On the other side of the ball, we have QB Matt Schaub, a very good player at his position and an example of what Kubiak's tutelage can produce.
And sadly, this also may be the next to last game we get to enjoy watching CB Champ Bailey show his shutdown talent in the orange and blue.
With neither team having much to play for except pride and many players auditioning for jobs next year, we can only hope there is enough of a game to keep the fans interested through the end of the fourth quarter.