Through six weeks of the NFL season, the Houston Texans find themselves in truly dire territory. At 2-4, the team is facing do-or-die circumstances when they travel Sunday to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
But all is not lost for these Texans. They were the benefactors of things out of their control falling into place in Week 6. The Tennessee Titans were beaten at home by the Seattle Seahawks, taking the AFC South rivals back to 3-3 for the season, one game clear of the Texans. Even more improbably, the Indianapolis Colts were upset out west on Monday night by the San Diego Chargers in a win closed out by a clutch 51-yard Nick Novak field goal. This leaves the Colts at 4-2, two games ahead of Houston. As bad as the Texans looked at home against the Rams, they managed to not lose any ground in the division.
Bear with me as I prognosticate all the ways the Texans’ 2013 season isn’t over six weeks in. The Titans are visited by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7, a game in which they will likely be underdogs. The Colts face the always daunting task of a visiting Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, the consensus best team in the AFC. If things continue to fall into place for the Texans, they may very well benefit from two losses by AFC South teams ahead of them in the standings.
The Texans, Titans and Colts all have a bye to look forward to after next weekend’s play, with Houston and Indy matching up coming out of the break.
As inept as the Texans have looked in recent weeks and as crazy as it may seem, Houston has a realistic shot coming off of a bye to be playing for a share of first place of the division.
This is why it’s crucial the team bears down and tirelessly prepares for a visit to Kansas City. They’ll be competing in a building that recently set a record for loudest outdoor sports venue in the world. That’s no small task for this Houston team, but any playoff hopes they’re hanging on to will be all but vanquished with another letdown performance this week against the Chiefs.
The Texans will benefit from one of the NFL’s easiest second half schedules, a fact that won’t matter much if they don’t get down to business and return home from Arrowhead Stadium with a victory on Sunday afternoon.