By ROGER DUNLOP, SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Texans are enjoying a 2-0 start to the season, and fans are happy. While a 2-0 record to open the season was expected,  those who believe in historical trends should be aware of one incredible statistic.

Under coach Gary Kubiak, the Texans have never won the third game of their regular season schedule. They’ve only won one Game 3 in franchise history when they beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 24-21, in 2004.

The Texans will face quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The Texans have had some significant Game 3 losses.

  1. After starting the 2010 season with a 2-0 record, the Texans lost Game 3, 27-13, at home to the Dallas Cowboys (0-2). The Texans only won four more games that season, finishing with a 6-10 record. During that loss the Texans defense was completely exposed as one of the NFL’s weakest.
  2. After beating the Cowboys in the first game of franchise history in 2002, the trend started began its course just two weeks later during Game 3 of the Texans inaugural season – a 23-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
  3. In 2011, the Texans dropped Game 3 of the season to the New Orleans Saints, who won after being down nine points in the fourth quarter. The Saints defeated the Texans, 40-33, in a highly competitive and entertaining game. “Next man up” would remain in place for the injury-ravaged Texans for the rest of the 2011 season as they made their franchise playoff debut.

The Game 3 losing trend truly means nothing this year, but it is something for all you pessimists to hang your hats on this week.


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