The Houston Texans Are on the Clock...
"The Houston Texans are on the clock..." -- Roger Goodell, as of now, at the beginning of the 2014 NFL Draft
Photo by Groovehouse Ben Tate won't be around for the rebuild, but he had three TDs Sunday.
It begins not long after the previous season ends.
The countless hours spent lifting weights, getting treatment, sometimes even getting surgery. You work out just to be ready for more workouts, the goal of which is to have you ready for training camp. Preseason rolls around and you trudge through the sweltering heat of practice, sometimes twice a day.
Practice, study, treatment, sleep. For weeks on end.
Bumps, bruises, sometimes worse, they begin to accumulate before the season even starts, but the Super Bowl is finally in sight for this group, this nucleus in which so much has been invested, emotionally and financially. So the fatigue each night is a "good" tired.
You endure all of it partially because it's your job, but also because it's part of a tedious, grueling process that may finally, FINALLY, be paying off.
And then 2013 happens. All of the blood, sweat, and tears, and for what? So you can be looking up at Jacksonville in the standings in December?
It would appear so.
When the action in Week 13 of the 2014 NFL season comes to a close on Monday night, the 2-10 Houston Texans will be indeed be looking up at not only Jacksonville, but the other 30 teams in the National Football League as well.
Minnesota? Yep, they won on Sunday, beating the Bears in overtime. Tampa Bay? They've won a couple games recently and are now 3-9 (or as the Texans would call that, "progress"). Atlanta? At 3-9, the Falcons are no longer a bigger disappointment than Houston, they beat Buffalo yesterday. Buffalo, who happens to be 4-8.
And Jacksonville? They came from behind to beat the Browns (4-8 also) on Sunday and are now 3-9.
Last week's loss to Jacksonville was a figurative rock bottom for Houston. Now at 2-10, there's nothing subjective about it anymore.
The Texans are the worst team in football, and when they head to Jacksonville on Thursday night, they'll be trying to climb out of the basement, not just of the AFC South, but of the entire league.
In what was originally circled before the season as a revenge game, in what was supposed to be a barometer for just how battle tested the scars and lumps from last season's beatings at the hands of the Patriots had made them, the Texans instead endured their tenth straight loss, 34-31 at the hands of Darth Brady, Darth Gronk, and Emperor Belichick.
Same old story as the previous two months, just fewer and fewer voices suddenly crying out in terror at Reliant each Sunday.