The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking while wondering about the residual impact of the Texans second disturbing prime time humbling of the season.
First things first. The AFC South can be (and likely will be) won Sunday at Reliant against the rebuilt forever divisional kingpin Colts. Double dip over Indy and take care of business in between against the ever one-dimensional Vikings and the Texans take home turf ad into the conference playoff party.
But if 42-14 is a not so sneak peak into the Texans near football future once the playoff poker turns serious, what is all worth?
Fourteen officially sanctioned NFL regular season wins is a significant accomplishment. But that sort of record doesn't translate quite the same as once upon an NFL time. Not when the resident global champions lost seven times during before launching that Super Bowl run. And dropped six when cashing the title in 2007. Not when the Packers packed six losses into the 2010 tourney and were last seen hoisting the hardware.
The NFL has reduced itself to a week-to-week league where who's hot and healthy at the end poses the most dangerous threat for the throne.
The Texans by far best-ever regular season regardless of the eventually win total will carry zero collateral come playoff time. So now it's a question what exactly is the damage of the Texans turning into Texas toast not once but twice under the brightest lights against the most lethal and legit adversaries on the schedule.
The Monday night script against the gold standard Patriots proves just as grizzly as eight weeks earlier when Rogers ripped away for a six (TD) pack at Reliant. The Texans completely utterly over-matched. Not competitive. For a nanosecond.
The tale of the tape ...
Texans punt, Patriots score.
Texans turn it over, Patriots score.
Texans punt, Patriots score.
21-0. Game over.
Brady's first touchdown toss finishes a 56-yard drive that starts after Welker's 31-yard punt return.
Brady's second touchdown caps 82 yards to the end zone following Schaub's interception.
Brady's third touchdown ends a 70-yard series after a Schaub fumble loses 20 yards.
21-0. Game over.
So, in the largest stare-down showdown of the NFL season, in what Andre labeled the most important game in franchise history, when the outcome was being decided, the Texans offer zero resistance on defense and cannot exploit a single offensive mismatch to keep the margin within reach, the game in doubt.
Hardly a way to earn letterman status.
For exclamation, five minutes into the second half, Brady's fourth touchdown burns a bedazzled Brandon Harris. Sixty-three yards to a 32-year-old wide out just signed off the street and then promptly placed on season-ending injured reserve. Donte Stallworth's 2012 season reads one catch, one touchdown. Against the Texans.
A loose ball on the Patriots first possession is available for Kareem Jackson to recover. Instead, New England keeps possession and the very next snap Brady begins his blitzkrieg.
Final period Watt punches the ball loose from Danny Woodhead. And the ball bounces conveniently and directly to Brandon Lloyd who rolls in for 35-7 on way to a final 42-14 margin.
It's a thoroughly horrible terrible no good very bad night. And could be only that. Or, the Kubiak Crew takes a shaky collective confidence and psyche into the playoffs where but a few short weeks ago they were the Vegas fave to win.
Here now the coach the day after.
Kubiak on Matt Schaub in high profile, high-stakes games: "No. I have no concerns. He made a mistake with the ball last night in the red zone. The guy made a great play. Matt also made some great throws in that game. He can't block the blitz. He's got to do his job, but there's a lot of people who have to help him too. I've got no doubts about that at all."
More Kubiak: "I think in any given game, regardless of what the game is, there are usually eight or 10 big opportunities in the game, difference-maker-type plays, in a game. And you've got to make the majority of those if you're going to win. And if you're playing a team like we played last night, you better make a bunch of them. We just didn't do it when the ball was there, whether it was defensively not making a play or offensively not making the play. They were the ones doing it."
More Kubiak: "I don't know that any loss is more difficult than any other one because you work so hard in each and every game that you prepare for. Last night is disappointing. We played a hell of a football team and you've got to go in there and play close to perfect and be at your best. We were far from that and we paid the price. We got our tails beat, so it's part of this business."