All of the greatest ideologies, super heroes, and empires have had their down-falls and weaknesses throughout history. Socialism gives the government too much control, Superman had his kryptonite, and the Great Roman Empire was brought down by an enormous fire. So what is the down-fall, kryptonite, or fire that can bring down the No. 3 seed Houston Texans? Unlike many of the variables explained prior, Houston’s down-fall is contained within their own organization, quarterback Matt Schaub.
In his time with the Texans’ organization, Schaub has taken a team that was an expansion franchise just over a decade ago to a team, that early on in the season, was considered a favorite for a Super Bowl contender. While Schaub is a good quarterback, he has some qualities that resemble one Marty Schottenheimer. Though young, Schaub has yet to be able to win not just “the” big game, but any big game. Disregarding the fact that Schaub has yet to play in a post season game yet, he has had trouble in the regular season to be able to finish off a regular season strong, or drive the proverbial nail into the coffin of other teams late on in the season.
With a great jump on the competition, the Texans started out 5-0 this year, and were 11-1 through 12 games. The record stands the show, and will continue to show, being that the season is over, that Houston finished 12-4, and was awarded the 3rd seed in the AFC playoff picture. When Houston was 11-1 they had the No. 1 seed seemingly wrapped up. With only four games left Houston would just have to stay steady with their game planning, coaching, and player execution to earn the hallowed No. 1 seed. This would have given them a first round bye in the playoffs, and home field advantage for the entire post season. Instead the face the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round on January 5th.