Can The Houston Texans Thrive Off Of The Rockets?
By Josh Wilson
The city of Houston has been in a bit of a dismal state over the past week. The surrounding areas of Houston were absolutely slammed with torrential downpours and thunderstorms, and parts of highways were so covered that cars were piled up towards the edge of the road, where the water was not as deep.
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To add to that, the Houston Rockets, who showed lots of promise this year during the regular season, and even overcame a 3-1 deficit this year in the playoffs, were knocked out of the playoffs after losing three straight games to the Warriors. Although they were able to pick up one game against Golden State, they could not come back from that giant deficit.
Despite the end to the season, fans are overall happy with how far the Rockets came. I would even go so far as to call their season a success, despite the disappointing, and even embarrassing end that they had. I say embarrassing because James Harden set the record for most turnovers by a single player in a playoff game.
So, with the success of the basketball team in Houston, the fans are now looking to two other places for success until basketball season rolls back around. These places will likely be found in the other Houston area sports teams, which are the Houston Astros, and of course, the Houston Texans.
The Astros have already impressed, currently leading their division and at one point winning 10 games in a row.
With all of the other Houston teams tearing it up, it’s time for the torch to be passed to the Texans. Can the Texans live up to the expectation of winning set by the Astros and Rockets, though?
I believe they can.
As offseason routines begin, the team is going to be featured on Hard Knocks, and fans will be getting an inside look at how the team handles business. This will get fans in Houston excited for the season to start, in addition to the excitement of winning that the other sports teams have given fans.
This happy fan base will provide a decent foundation to start the season. Players are known to play much better when they have fans behind them, and the Texans have a great, loyal fan base. With the increased support that may be brought in from Hard Knocks and from the success in the area, there’s a good chance they could feed off of that.
The Texans haven’t visited the playoffs since 2012, and it’s obvious that this is the goal. A Super Bowl would certainly be nice, but for now the playoffs would keep fans (and likely even the front office) happy.
It was the same for the Rockets and Astros. The Rockets hadn’t advanced past the first round since 2009 (counting out the beginning of the Harden era), and the Astros haven’t even visited the playoffs in an entire decade.
The flood sort of signifies a number of things. There was a drought throughout the state of Texas, and the amount of rain in Houston actually ended the technical drought.
In the same way, the lack of success from the sports teams appears to be over as well.
The defensive line is like no other in the league. The likes of Vince Wilfork, J.J. Watt and even Jadeveon Clowney when he comes back will make for a huge set up for success in many games. The offense will be what’s in question when it comes down to be crunch time, as the quarterback situation is still unhanded.
The Texans have everything they need to make next season great, now they just need to utilize it all.