Momentum Is Not a Factor for the Texans and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 2, 2013

Careful, objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.
Careful, objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Each game is its own little war.

Today's article of the day comes from Paul Kuharsky of who says Gary Kubiak isn't worried about momentum.

The Texans haven't played well in recent weeks, dropping three of their final four games to knock them out of the top seed in the AFC.

Even though the team isn't playing well, the real factor in whether they win or lose their next playoff game will always be matchups.

The Texans should beat the Bengals on Saturday. They should beat the Bengals any time they play in Houston regardless of who won a game the week before.

If they do beat Cincinnati, that win will be meaningless come the following week in Foxboro against New England. They won't be able to count on momentum to stop Tom Brady from picking apart their secondary.

If the Texans had eeked out a narrow, sloppy win over the Colts in Week 17, their playoff odds would have gone through the roof. This wouldn't be because of momentum, but because of home-field advantage and a bye.

Momentum is a word writers and TV analysts rely on when they run out of meaningful things to say about team or a matchup.

As Kuharsky points out, it's not the recent losses that could end up sinking the Texans as much as what those losses reveal about the team's makeup.

Folding in the playoffs the way they did against the Patriots, Vikings and Colts isn't an option.


General Interest

Vince Verhei of the Football Outsiders recaps the best and worst of the year by DYAR.

Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts recaps the year in comebacks.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times details Phil Emery's thoughts on the Bear's offensive line. This is a must read for insight into the mind of a GM.

Chase Stuart of the New York Times picks his award winners.


Houston Texans

Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle says Darryl Sharpton was placed on IR.


Indianapolis Colts

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star says T.Y. Hilton has had an amazing year.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 the Fan ponders possible award winners from the Colts.


Tennessee Titans

Kuharsky has a rather scathing analysis of Bud Adam's logic in firing Mike Reinfeldt. This was a great read.

Andrew Strickert of Total Titans says the Titans were at their worst against the better teams in the league.

David Boclair of the City Paper reviews the season.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean investigates why Adams fired Reinfeldt.

Wyatt says Kenny Britt will look to bounce back from a terrible season.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union tracks the whereabouts of Shad Khan on his GM search.

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union looks at top candidates for the job.

O'Halloran tracks the 2012 season by the very ugly numbers.