The 2017 NFL Season has been filled with many different events and situations going on throughout the league and the Texans have definitely been in the center of it all, and most of us know why. However, football is still being played, so I want to cover and recap how the Texans are doing on the field and within their division for this 2017 season.
Happening right now in the NFL is Week 8 and the Texans have just come off their Bye Week last week during Week 7. Week 8 and 9 is usually the mid-way point during the season as well, so felt like this is a good time for a mid-season review. This Week 8 matchup the Texans had to face was the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Both teams put up a lot of points, and the game was an offensive slugfest in football with 79 total points put up in the game between both teams! Many people were surprised with how much Seattle gave up to Houston as they have a great defense year in and year out, but they also got their first taste of how Deshaun Watson really is. The Texans’ defense has holes all around, but specifically without key players J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Brian Cushing leading the defense at their respected positions. So the Seahawks putting up 40+ points isn’t as surprising as the Texans putting up 30+ on such a great defense. With Deshaun leading us now, anything is possible. The Texans lost, however, by the final score of 41-38 putting Houston at an overall record of 3-4 for the season.
The Texans sit at 3-4 for the season right now and are currently in 3rd place in the AFC South Division. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans are tied for 1st place with each having a record of 4-3. Lastly, the Indianapolis Colts are in 4th in the division with an overall record of 2-6. Yes, I said that correctly too, the Jaguars and the Titans are tied for 1st in the AFC South. The Jaguars are definitely the surprise team of the year as it has literally been years since they have started a season with a winning record, 10 years to be exact. They went 11-5 overall in 2007 and reached the playoffs. However, since then, they have been much of a big disappoint in the league and have been run over by the Texans and Colts since then.
Back to the Texans though, despite being 3-4 and in 3rd place as of right now, they still can turn the season around and challenge both the Titans & Jags for 1st place in the division. They are 1-1 in division games this year losing to Jacksonville and beating Tennessee so far. Week 9 is another division matchup as the Texans face the Colts for the first time this season. The Texans have endured many injuries this year, losing two key star players on the defense in Watt and Mercilus to season-ending injuries and they have been without linebacker Brian Cushing for 10 games to due to a suspension. Also, the offensive line has suffered from weak play without star Left Tackle Duane Brown holding out until Week 8 due to a contract dispute. The offensive line and the secondary for the Texans have been their two biggest issues/problems in my opinion so far to go along with the injuries.
Deshaun Watson has definitely been the bright side of the Texans after taking over in the second half of Week 1 against Jacksonville, but I have written two articles about the guy already and everyone knows how great I think he is. This last performance he had against Seattle further proved he has the poise, composure, and greatness a Franchise Quarterback needs to have and he is what the Texans have needed for a long time. He really did keep us in the game and battled back and forth respectively with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ D for four quarters and even got praise from Seahawks Star Cornerback Richard Sherman who is very outspoken and doesn’t give too many guys credit like he did about Deshaun. Deshaun is also the 1st player in NFL History to have 400+ Pass yards, 4+ Touchdowns, and 50+ Rush yards in a game! That was accomplished against Seattle as well, just really think about that and let it sink in.
I really hope the guys in Houston can win some more games and challenge the other teams within the division for the best record. I hope Deshaun can lead us to another playoff berth this year and we can get back into the playoffs. However, if we don’t and this year isn’t our year, we know who is coming back next year and it’s going to be with a vengeance too. I do think the Texans can challenge the Jags for the top spot, but we have to beat them next time we play and show them we are the best team in the AFC South, not them! Week 1 was embarrassing for the Texans, and I know they have not forgotten about that whooping they endured that week. I know it is still on their minds, and they will bounce back from it. We have 9 more weeks of football left in the regular season as well, and then it will be over before we realize it. Soak up this last half of the regular season, and GO TEXANS!