Coming off of a 2009 season where the Texans won their last four games of the year, to go from 5-7 to 9-7, including a win over the New England Patriots in Week 17, it felt like 2010 was going to be the year the team would finally break through and make the postseason.
We all know how 2010 ended, though. The offense was pretty good, the defense was an abject disaster, and the only thing that saved Gary Kubiak’s job was his willingness to welcome Wade Phillips onto his staff as the defensive coordinator in 2011, a move that worked out better than any move in the history of the franchise (this side of trading up for Deshaun Watson).But before 2010 started to spin into the toilet, a slide that began shortly after DeMeco Ryans shredded his Achilles in an October game against the Chiefs, hopes were high! And the 2010 season opener did nothing to dampen that euphoria.
On this afternoon, Foster rushed for 231 yards, and here’s the thing — Foster was impressive for the first three quarters, dicing the Colts up for what felt like about six yards every carry, piling up 106 yards. Then, in the fourth quarter, he unleashed holy hell on the Colts’ defense, stacking another 125 yards on them in the final stanza.
This was the first of four games that Brian Cushing would serve for a PED suspension. You all remember, right? That time where Brian Cushing, whose test was triggered by a substance found in only pregnant women and cancer patients (and PED abusers), claimed he was concerned he might have cancer?
Keep in mind, this is the season BEFORE J.J. Watt arrived in Houston.
Not the good kind of “bad”, like Michael Jackson’s “Bad”. I’m talking about bad as in horrific, underwhelming, disastrous.
If Pierre Garcon didn’t have cement for hands in the first half of this game, it could have been worse for Jackson, and make no mistake… it was bad already.
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