Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking: Post-Denmark, Pro-Texans, Really Jetlagged Edition
You're not going to believe this, but last week, I wrote a post in which I predicted the Texans would defeat the Browns. But I headed back out for Europe, and things got lost in the shuffle, so that post never ran.
But trust me, I actually did write that the Texans were going to defeat the Cleveland Browns. So I wasn't exactly shocked when I turned on sports talk radio last night after getting back from Europe and I discovered that the Texans won the game. But I was shocked to discover just how crappy the Texans looked in winning 16-6.
The offense seemed to move at will in the first half, but as usual, couldn't get the ball into the end zone. Luckily for the Texans, the Browns offense was even more inept than that of the Texans. Sure, Brady Quinn was injured, but the guy's just not that good, in my opinion, anyway, yet the Browns stuck with him for three quarters. And the Texans defense did everything possible to keep the Browns in the game.
I don't have much more to add about the game. I think that's because I hit the Copenhagen airport at midnight Houston time, hit the Amsterdam airport at 4:30 a.m. Houston time, then spent 11 hours in the air trying to get back to Houston. Then I sat down and watched the game, thanks to my trusty DVR.
So I'm just tired. But the Texans looked sluggish throughout the second half, and I don't think they had my jet lag excuse.
Oh, and before I go, I must note that Ahman Green is once again injured.
SOME MISCELLANEOUS NFL NOTES:
I might've been in Denmark on Sunday, but football was not far from my mind, primarily because I was meeting with an old friend for the first time in over a decade, and she was asking me all kinds of questions about American football. She was curious because apparently in Denmark they are playing American football in the high schools, and her oldest son is playing and she wanted to know about the game.
Of course, she didn't get the joke when I told her that since I have to watch the Texans every week I don't really know that much about football.
Well, we're not going to have the perfect season this year. Not after the New York Jets beat the crap out of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, 34-13. Now I knew about this game while I was away because this was the game that CNN International decided to devote some sports coverage to. It appears that the Jets found another way to stop the Titans ground game - take a big league and make the Titans play catch-up through the air. And this was something the Titans weren't able to do.
But not all hope for perfection is lost. Not as long as the Detroit Lions keep losing. The Lions jumped out to a 17-0 first half lead over the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday, but within a period of 8:19 in the second quarter, the Bucs were able to tie the game on their way to the victory. The loss made the Lions a perfect 0-11 for the season.
As far as I can tell, there's never been a team go 0-16 on a season. I know the Bucs went 0-14 way back in the day, but I don't think any team's ever done the reverse perfection thing for a 16-game season.
I don't know what the people of the States have done to deserve this punishment, but Monday Night Football next week will be a game between the Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. Yep, two 4-7 teams are playing a meaningless game in primetime. I think this is supposed to be one of those stupid Battle Red Days for the Texans, where the team wears that ugly all-red uniform combination. But I still don't think that's quite enough to make the fans want to watch this game.
The Jags had slight playoff hopes going into yesterday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. But after their 30-12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, it's pretty obvious that the Jags kissed their playoff hopes goodbye.
I'd like to leave a non-football note. Can any of you aviation experts out there explain to me why the flight from Houston to Amsterdam takes 8.5 hours, but the flight from Amsterdam to Houston takes nearly 11 hours? I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for this, but I can't think of what it might be. So, please, someone, enlighten me. - John Royal
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