Houston Texans Links: Sunday Roundup


Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) waves his arms before a play during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Game day is here for the 15th week for the Houston Texans as in a mere few hours they will take on the Indianapolis Colts with the team looking to to break their NFL-worst 11 game losing streak.

Before the game begins, over at the Ultimate Texans blog from the Houston Chronicle John McClain has five questions for today’s game.

McClain wrote about Wade Phillips being the interim head coach for the Texans:

"“It’s going to be interesting to see if we can tell a difference on offense, which was Kubiak’s specialty.”"

As McClain, I’m very interested in the offense today, because it will have to look a little different this game against the newly crowned AFC South champion Colts if the Texans are looking to win a game before the season is over.

What I do like about the potential of this offense is their ability to air it out. Remember the first half of the game earlier this season between these two teams? It may have been Case Keenum’s best half (or at least most exciting half) of the season.

McClain also wrote about players to watch, including running back Ben Tate, saying:

"“Because he’s in the last year of his contract, he has got three games left to audition for his next job. He needs 20 carries to help control the ball.”"

I want to see how Tate finishes up the season as this is his contract season, and with the way he’s played this season, with the cracked ribs, he deserves the biggest contract he can get next season, with the Texans or elsewhere. He’s earned it.

Before today’s game, here are where they rank throughout the NFL Power rankings. The combined list is courtesy of our friends at House of Houston.

In an article on ESPN.com, Tania Ganguli wrote about how the players don’t care about having or not having a high draft choice in May. She quoted J.J. Watt saying:

"“It’s football; we try to win. I’m a football player. I’m never going to step on the field and not try to win. That’s the only way I know how to play.”"