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NFL Review, Week Two: Another Call for the Texans to Play in the Dome

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So what do we know after the second week of the NFL season? I think we can be sure of who some of the better teams actually are. I think we can be sure of who some of the bad teams really are. And I think we can all agree that the Texans still suck.

I think the Dallas Cowboys answered some big questions on Monday night: for instance, they can score on anybody. In their 41-37 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys came back from allowing 24 second-quarter points to score 17 in the second half and ice the victory. The Cowboy defense might not be that good, but the offense appears to be able to outscore anybody.

And the New York Giants dominated the St. Louis Rams, winning 41-13. True, the Rams appear to be a really bad team – this is the second straight week they weren’t close to being in the game – but the Giants were always in control of this one.

The Tennessee Titans won game number two, beating up on the woebegone Cincinnati Bengals 24-7. It doesn’t appear that the Vince Young saga affected the Titans that much; in fact, the absence of Young might have aided their offense, as Collins does provide a more credible air game. Rookie Chris Johnson ran for over 100 yards again, and LenDale White continued with his punishing inside game. I think a truly a good team will be able to beat the Titans, but Jeff Fisher is going to have this team in position to win every week.

And let’s hear it for Aaron Rodgers and his second week of excellent play as the man who forced Brett Favre out of Green Bay. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and 328 yards. Sure, it was against the Detroit Lions, but it was in these kinds of games where Favre would have one of his five interception games.

Speaking of being overrated, I think it’s time the San Diego Chargers were discussed. Sure, the Chargers got jobbed on a bad call. But the Denver Broncos should not have been close to competing with the Chargers. Norv Turner got his Chargers off to a bad start last season, so it’s possible he will salvage this season as well. It just seems to me though that it’s got to be tough to be a Super Bowl contender while continuously having to come from a 0-2 hole at the start of the season.

The fantasy football studs of the week were Kurt Warner of the Cardinals, who threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers. Tony Romo. And, surprisingly, Philip Rivers, who threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers loss to the Broncos. Let’s also not forget J.T. O’Sullivan, the 49ers journeyman who threw for 321 yards and a TD against the Seahawks. Darren McFadden is looking like the real deal in Oakland, and I’m sure all of you owners out there are you glad you took Larry Fitzgerald (153 yards) and Anquan Boldin (140 yards, TD) of the Cards.


The Texans will be heading up to Nashville to take on the Titans. The Texans had the weekend off due to Ike, but I doubt they got much rest. And the Texans always have trouble against the Titans. Vince Young runs them crazy, and Kerry Collins always looks like a Hall-of-Famer when he starts against them. And let’s just say that I’m not confident with the Texans’ abilities when it comes to stopping that Tennessee running game. The big difference in this game will be Jeff Fisher versus Gary Kubiak. And I just think Fisher is the far superior coach to Kubiak.

Texans management, meanwhile, is still discussing what to do about their home games. It’s not known when Reliant Stadium will be ready to use – and I don’t know about you, but if repair crews waste time fixing that stadium while I still don’t have power and safe drinking water, then I’m going to wish I could find Bob McNair and plant my foot in his ass. The continued discussion is that the Texans will move their games to Rice Stadium. Which leads me to ask, again, why?

The Dome isn’t even being discussed. And I think I know why. We all know about the so-called fire code violations. And we all know that the Bob McNair and the Rodeo have done everything possible to keep the Dome from being used for other purposes. They want this thing gone. They want it done with. Never mind that it’s a superior facility to Reliant, they want it to be history. And if the Texans were to actually play a football game in there, then all of their talk about it being a dump would be tossed aside.

I like Rice Stadium. It’s a great place to watch football. But the Dome is a far superior facility for the fans – more restrooms, etc. Let’s not let Bob McNair rob the Dome of these games. Getting the Dome up to code is going to be far cheaper than repairing Reliant. And that money that will be used on Reliant can be used for much better things – like Hurricane Ike recovery for the city, for Galveston, and the people who had their homes destroyed.

But what do I know? I just want my power back so I can watch Entourage, baseball and football. I just want my mother’s home in Crystal Beach back. A stadium should be a secondary consideration. I don’t think it will be though. I have this sinking feeling that, in weeks to come, as we all try to recover, that Bob McNair is going to make sure that the repair of his pleasure palace becomes the most important item in the world.

I hope I’m wrong. But I doubt I will be. – John Royal

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