Vanderblog: Jingle Bell Thud
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After looking nearly invincible on a seven-game winning streak that clinched the AFC South, the Texans have lost their way. They’ve sputtered and stumbled to a two game drought against teams that had a combined five wins.
The defense has given up big drives in the fourth quarter but let’s leave them alone for the moment. It’s the offense that’s in need of repair, going 1-10 on third down against a defense that’s been dysfunctional for much of the season.
T.J. Yates looked like a football savior a couple of weeks ago. Now he’s having difficulty making plays from the pocket. It’s not all his fault but it’s impossible to ignore how much the team misses Matt Schaub and the playmaking he brings to the attack.
Sure, you can’t take away the division title. But something has changed in the last couple of games. The mojo is missing. Houston was hardly dominating without Schaub as the three wins were one score games. But the Texans showed a great knack for making all the right plays and bailing themselves out of tough situations.
In the last two games, it’s the opponents having the big moment. Carolina capitalized on mistakes while Indy fed off of penalties and an over used defense playing without it’s mentor, Wade Phillips.
A rookie quarterback beat them at home and a back up, who the Texans cut before camp, threw a killer dart that all but denied Houston’s wish for a bye week.
The Texans will get a little extra rest before facing Tennessee. Help is on the way. They hope to have Wade Phillips back. Andre Johnson should be back to terrorize secondaries again. Those two comebacks alone may be enough to get Houston back on track. We hope.