Unfortunately, I haven't been able to see any of the preseason games this year, as they're not aired in the Beaumont market for some reason, but I'm going to try to do some predicting anyway.
First let's look at the schedule:
(The team names for home games are in ALL CAPS)
Sun. 7th @ Steelers 12:00 PM - I think this one could go either way, but I'll give it to the Steelers since they're at home. LOSS
Sun. 14th RAVENS 3:15 PM - Home opener against a team that struggled last year. WIN
Sun. 21st @ Titans 12:00 PM - A tough one to call either way, but I'll go the same route I did with the Steelers game. LOSS
Sun. 28th @ Jaguars 12:00 PM - We always tend to play up when we face the Jags. WIN
Sun. 5th COLTS 12:00 PM - Yes they're the colts, but we're at home. WIN
Sun. 12th DOLPHINS 12:00 PM - Should be an easy one. WIN
Sun. 19th LIONS 3:05 PM - Another easy one. WIN
Sun. 2nd @ Vikings 12:00 PM - I think we can pull this one off. WIN
Sun. 9th BENGALS 12:00 PM - Can the Texans tame Ocho Cinco? I think so. WIN
Sun. 16th @ Colts 12:00 PM - Can't see us winning in Indy. LOSS
Sun. 23rd @ Browns 12:00 PM - Could go either way, but it's on the road. In November. LOSS
Mon. 1st JAGUARS 7:30 PM - The Texans' first Monday night affair. Seeing how they turned it up a notch last year on the Thursday night stage, I think it's safe to say they'll get this one. WIN.
Sun. 7th @ Packers 12:00 PM - Lambeau? in December? After a short week? I could be wrong here, but I don't see it happening. LOSS
Sun. 14th TITANS 12:00 PM - Another one I'd be glad to be wrong about, but Vince Young in Houston scares me. LOSS
Sun. 21st @ Raiders 3:05 PM - Easy one. WIN
Sun. 28th BEARS 12:00 PM - The Texans will wrap up the regular season and (hopefully) a playoff berth with a team that I expect to struggle this year. WIN
I'm not guaranteeing they'll do that record, but I don't think they'll go below it.
This year I'm expecting a few things. Mainly I'm expecting Mario Williams to continue showing us all why he was picked #1 overall and am hoping that Amobi Okoye will start coming into his own too. With those two dominating, O lines will really struggle.
I'm also hoping to see Matt Schaub continue to show why we traded for him and have a good year. Maybe not tear the league up, but have a good year, especially since we're looking like we'll actually have a running game this year.
And no, I'm not going to post a nude pic if they go below it this year. Or should I? I'll think about it and get back to y'all on it.
Justin, that's a pretty ambitious prognostication, but then again... I've had the Chargers winning the Super Bowl for 5 straight years now.
The only thing that makes me nervous about this one is if injuries become a big factor.
I had them at 10-6 last year and I think they would have done it had Andre Johnson not missed 7 games. The Texans went 2-5 in that stretch without him and 6-3 with him.
I love Andre Johnson. I always felt that if they had a QB who could remain upright, AJ would be a perrenial Pro-Bowler.
Andre Johnson is amazing.
They got some help with the O-line during the off-season, so I think Schaub will have an easier time this year, not to mention that we have a serviceable backup in Sage Rosenfels.
As I said in the post, having a decent running game should help too.
I REALLY can't wait to see what Mario Williams does this year. I was one of about, oh, eight Texans fans that liked the pick at the time and getting to see it pay off last year was great. I remember (because I was there) how Reliant erupted when Mario got his first sack.
...over Reggie Bush? I will freely admit, having seen Reggie several times, in person both in high school and college, I thought the pick was insane and that Charlie Casserly was a bufoon... however, Charlie and yourself may have the last laugh.
I didn't know much about Mario myself, but I've got a friend that's a huge NC State fan. He told me that he thought Mario would be the next Reggie White. That sold me.
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