I'm not sure if saying this team peaked too early is entirely fair or not, but that is certainly what it seems.
The whole "next man up" thing was fun while it was working, but it appears that injuries have finally caught up with this team. The offense is but a shadow of its former self, and teams are beginning to find ways to move the ball against the Houston defense. Not a good combination going forward, for sure.
Gary Kubiak is back to calling the game completely conservative in late-game situations, like the Texans' final drive in the fourth quarter, and settling for field goals when he should be making calls to punch the ball in the end zone. The defense is back to playing sloppy and missing tackles behind the line of scrimmage, as well as letting guys like Dan Orlovsky have career days.
Whatever it was that made this feel like a team of destiny seems to be missing the past two weeks. Nothing is bouncing their way, and the coaching is starting to feel a lot like 2010. Not a good feeling to have as the team heads towards their first playoff game in team history.
Can it be fixed? I'm not sure. But my guy is telling me that this is all the unfortunate events that have happened on the injury front this season finally catching up with them. Not everyone can be the 2010 Packers. Even with all their players who hit IR last season, they never lost their three best players and two quarterbacks.
Time to face reality.
Mike Kerns is a featured columnist for the Houston Texans at Bleacher Report. Feel free to follow him on Twitter and catch his latest Texans podcast at State of The Texans.