What is happening in the great state of Texas right now? The Texans are 2-0, the Cowboys are 0-2 and even the Rangers are playing a bit uncharacteristically. Good is bad, bad is good, horses are riding cowboys…
Okay, so I may have been a little dramatic but the Houston Texans are playing their best football in franchise history and it’s looking more and more like this could be the year they take it to the next level.
After a perfectly elegant 2009 season, Matt Schaub is back in mid-season form. The seven-year vet has already racked up 604 passing yards, while maintaining a 102.6 quarterback rating. In other words, he’s a passing machine.
But let's not give Schaub all the credit. Wide receiver Kevin Walter is a great compliment to Andre Johnson, who is trying to become the first NFL receiver to finish three consecutive seasons with at least 1,500 yards. And with the emergence of running back Adrian Foster, the Texans have brewed the perfect recipe to be considered an offensive powerhouse in the NFL.
With a pumped-up crowd, Reliant Stadium is going to be a warzone in week three when Houston hosts Dallas in, what should be, a Lone Star Barnburner. The last time these two teams met in the regular season was in 2006, when the Cowboys stomped the Texans 34-6. It won't be nearly the same result this time.
Although this is a must win game for the struggling Cowboys, it’s also going to be a true test for Houston. They have already caused great disturbance in the force when they beat division rival Indianapolis in week one, and showed great poise and determination when they came back to beat Washington last week. But if the Texans are able to prevail in week three, they must be considered contender to win the AFC title this year.
The planets have aligned and all of the weapons are in place. Now all the Texans have to do is pull the trigger. Let's not forget, however, that Cowboys tend to fire back.