Big Loss For The Texans
By Emin Avakian
A win would have put them right back in the discussion of contenders to be reckoned with.
It was a devastating loss, however, that has the Houston Texans second-guessing after their overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Week 4 matchup.
The 23-20 result in favor of the still undefeated 'Hawks sends Houston further down into obscurity and curiousity going into an important game at San Francisco this coming Sunday night.
But positives did stem from the disappointing defeat. For starters, Arian Foster reached the century mark in rushing yards for the first time this season and showed flashes of the all-pro running back the Texans were anticipating. Foster also scored his second touchdown of the season, coming out of the backfield to catch one of Matt Schaub's two touchdown passes.
After the game, Foster said that he is inching his way back to 100 percent. Good news for Texans fans and bad news for those in the media who questioned his abilities (guilty) and wondered if his prime had passed (guilty).
Schaub, who is quietly starting to fall victim to the media sparking up trade rumors, put up solid numbers yet again as he threw for 355 yards. The pro-bowl quarterback is seventh in the league with 1,193 passing yards, and second in attempts with 177. Despite orchestrating a pass-heavy offense thus far effectively, Schaub's interception with less than three minutes to go is garnering sole focus around the league as it highlighted the Seahawks comeback and sent the Texans to 2-2.
And really, that is Schaub's career in a nutshell. The big numbers have always been there for the consistent top-10 quarterback. Sometimes, though, consistency isn't enough when it doesn't translate into success.
The Texans have not reached the Superbowl with Schaub under center, and it's increasingly looking more evident that we're not going to see anything that we haven't already. In other words, the best is not yet to come.
I digress, back to the positives. Houston's offense showed some balance and has a chance to be more unstoppable than last year, partly due to DeAndre Hopkins' emergence and Owen Daniels proving to be one of the league's most dependable pass-catching tight ends.
Andre Johnson continued to remind defenses that he's still Andre Johnson, as the future hall-of-famer eclipsed the 100-yard mark with his nine receptions.
Despite the impressive stats, the Texans will need to couple it with decreasing turnovers if they are going to be the Superbowl contender that they expected to be coming into this season. At the moment, Houston is what their record is...average.