I'm by no means a "homer" or even close to what someone would refer to as blindingly optimistic. I fancy myself as a realist above all else. That doesn't mean that I'm sanctimonious or that I think I'm always right; not by a long shot. But I can think with my head and not with my heart when covering an NFL team.
Bottom line for me is that I'm not upset about this loss. Sure, you always want to get the win and many will argue that Houston could have, and maybe even should have, won this game. But any time you go into one of the toughest places in the entire league to play and push a legitimate Super Bowl contender to the brink, I'm taking more positive than negative away from that.
In the end, I'm more of a believer in this team now than I was before noon today. Warts and all, I think this team finally has what it takes to get over that hump. Yes, they're still young and I'm not ready to call them a Super Bowl contender, or anything that far-fetched yet. But there are a handful of things that we learned about this team today, and we're going to take a look at them now.