It’s been an odd year for the Houston Texans and an even rockier emotional roller coaster for their fan base.
The Texans are a respectable 4-3 and atop the AFC South, but it feels like the team has underachieved. Not having star defensive end J.J. Watt certainly doesn’t help, but Houston’s offense has been sluggish through the first half of what was expected to be a promising campaign.
The biggest gripe might be against quarterback Brock Osweiler, who hasn’t exactly lived up to the $72 million contract he signed during the offseason. Osweiler has thrown for only 1,533 yards, 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions and has held back a Texans offense that was more efficient with Brian Hoyer at the helm.
So, while Houston’s season isn’t in the toilet, it hasn’t given fans a ton to cheer about either. Coach Bill O’Brien acknowledged that the fans are great, but that they “probably don’t love us right now,” according to NFL Network’s James Walker.
That statement might not be too far off. Many fans left Houston’s last home game against the Indianapolis Colts pretty early and only a sparse crowd was on hand to witness the Texans rally from a 14-point deficit to win. Quite frankly, the fans might have expected better after the franchise hitched its wagon to the former Broncos quarterback. Right now, he and the Texans aren’t delivering.
Houston’s next chance to impress the home crowd comes this weekend when the Detroit Lions come to town.