March 22, 2018

No Time to Rest for the Texans


There was chatter across the city of Houston after the game clinching AFC South victory in Cincinnati that the Texans should be resting starters after they handle the Panthers and Colts. Fast forward two weeks and the Texans are somewhat reeling after two uninspired losses against what looks like inferior teams.


With all of the thoughts of first round byes out the window and locked into the 3rd seed in the AFC the Texans will be strapping it up with either the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans or Oakland Raiders in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. There will be no definite signal on who it will be, but it doesn’t matter because the Texans are more than capable of playing with any four of those teams.


With the Texans all of a sudden struggling to find their identity, the two loses might be a blessing in disguise. With a team with very little playoff experience, the best thing for the team might be being thrown into the fire the opening week of the playoffs. With the bye week, yes you could rest players, but more important is the mental aspect of the game. The last thing the Texans need to do is thinking to much, because the mind can play tricks on you and set you up for failure. The wild card doesn’t necessarily put a team at a greater disadvantage because they have to play an extra week. 7 teams have won the Super Bowl since the Wildcard was introduced, the only team missing from this list is the 2010 Green Bay Packers.


It has been a tough 2 weeks for the Texans fans, and they are going to go head to head with the Titans who are fighting for their playoff lives on Sunday. The Texans will be in an odd spot because they can’t improve their playoff seeding, but they need to get some issues fixed before their first ever playoff game. The only way they can do this, is to treat this game like a regular game with some meaning. If the Texans were playing at a high level then you get some different players in there, but at this point it is time to keep playing and work all the kinks out.


This game of football takes as much mental power and physical, and the Texans need to get their heads back into what had made them successful the previous 12 weeks of the season, before this 2 game skid. They will get a much-needed boost with Andre Johnson and Wade Phillips returning to action, but there are 52 other players and a coaching staff who need to help the cause too. The Texans will need a complete team effort to succeed here on out and it starts on Sunday against the Titans.


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