Texans-Colts: The New "Biggest Game in Texans History"
And let's face it, keeping Matt comfortable, keeping Matt well paid, keeping Matt PERIOD is a big reason why the Texans are where they are right now.
So there, you have my contention -- the Texans' biggest game in their history was a seemingly ho-hum 37-9 win over Tampa Bay.
And that brings me to this Sunday's game against the Colts, which by the definition I just spent several hundred words outlining I cannot call the "biggest game in Texans history," at least not until after the game is over and we've had several weeks to allow the season to play out. (If you haven't noticed, my "biggest game" theory is all about "retrospect.")
However, it does have "biggest game" potential, when you consider:
1. A Texans win puts them at 3-5, which sounds, frankly, still pretty terrible, but when you consider that they'd be 3-2 in the conference, 2-0 in the division and 1-0 against the Colts, with seven conference and four division games remaining...well, you can start to see some of the figurative wounds healing a little bit.
2. The next five games after Sunday are at Arizona, home for Oakland, Jacksonville and New England, and then a Thursday night in Jacksonville. Not exactly a murderer's row.
3. A loss (and right now, that's considered the likely outcome) puts the Texans at 2-6, effectively ends the season and puts the Gary Kubiak Era on life support. Suddenly, the only games that the Texans are favored in are the two against the Jaguars and the home game against the Raiders (barely).
In short, and in my opinion, this game Sunday against the Colts charts the course the rest of the way. Win, and especially a win where Case Keenum plays well, and 9-7 or 10-6 are still firmly in play. Lose, and we are officially on the fast track to 4-12 or 5-11.
If the former plays out, we will look back under my "biggest game" methodology and point to Sunday night as the biggest game, for that's when the tide will have turned. If the latter plays out, we will look back and point to either Sunday night, or more likely, the Seattle game and the Richard Sherman Pick-6, as the "biggest game."
The fact of the matter is this has been a different team since that very play (another indictment for another time).
For me, when it comes to judging games, "big" means "important," and for the direction of a franchise that has still accomplished so little in its brief history, these next nine weeks are ridiculously important. They're as important as it gets.
And it starts on Sunday.
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