It seems like there is some supernatural force that wants the Houston Texans to fail this season.
They began the season without Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster (hamstring). Then they lost former No. 1 pick Mario Williams for the season (torn pectoral muscle) in Week 6. Wide receiver Andre Johnson has been in and out with a right hamstring issue and injured his other hamstring this week against the Falcons.
If these injuries weren't enough, starting quarterback Matt Schaub will miss the rest of the season, and backup Matt Leinart was placed on injured reserve after breaking his collarbone.
Despite all these injuries, the Texans have been resilient. The leader of the AFC South, Houston has won its last six games doing it the old fashioned way: running the football and playing defense.
The Texans have the third-best rushing attack in the NFL. Arian Foster and Ben Tate are a one-two punch that has been virtually unstoppable this season. Combining for nearly 1,700 yards this season, both backs are capable of taking it to the house on any play. If that wasn't enough, Foster is second on the team with 510 receiving yards.
Quarterback T.J. Yates has surprised many people with his play in the absence of Schaub and Leinart. While only throwing for one touchdown, he has not thrown any interceptions and seems perfectly capable of managing a football game.
The defense has been the glue that holds this team together. During their six-game winning streak the Texans have allowed an average of less than 11 points per game. With games left against Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Carolina and a final home game against division rival Tennessee, the Texans have a good chance to run the table, sweep their division and make a run in the playoffs.