The Boston Red Sox clearly had an amped up sense of urgency in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, as they handed the Houston Astros a 7-5 defeat Sunday night at Fenway Park to tie the series, 1-1.
On Sunday, the Texans had to settle for excellent performances from only two of the three to carry them to a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium. The third straight win for the Texans brings them to 3-3 overall and puts them squarely back in the mix in the AFC South standings after all three of their division foes lost Sunday.
Most of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series proved to be as razor-close as one would expect between two such extremely talented, yet diametrically opposed, teams. That is, until it wasn’t.
In taking care of business and closing out the Cleveland Indians in their American League Division Series on Monday, the Houston Astros gave their fans just about everything they would’ve liked to have seen.
If nothing else, the Houston Texans are certainly gaining experience coming out on the winning end of tight games, as they won their second straight overtime game, 19-16, in Sunday night’s bout with the Dallas Cowboys.
While the postseason technically began Friday for the Astros in Game 1 of their American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, Saturday’s Game 2 at Minute Maid Park was the first of the series with that true playoff feel — with the defending champs showing true championship mettle in a 3-1 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
The Houston Texans on Sunday kept hope of having a good season alive in a game where it looked like they were trying not to win at multiple times.
While the Texans' head coach will most likely continue to do boneheaded things during games to hold this team back, a Texans team with great players who, most importantly, have great character are a reason to believe this team certainly won’t go 0-16. Heck, maybe they’ll even have a winning season.
Every fan base gets excited for their team’s prospects before each season, but there was good cause to be especially excited for the Houston Texans in 2018. Now, they’re 0-2, and it’s time to be a little more realistic about what this team is.
Different year, same result for the Houston Texans on a trip to the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium. But, for as poorly the Texans played and for as ill-prepared as they looked, there were just two things that, had they gone differently, could’ve turned Sunday’s 27-20 loss into a win.
Sure, these moves disappointed many fans, and they could definitely come back to haunt them. But, in hindsight, the moves were hardly surprising.
The Urban Meyer situation just adds another heaping pile of muck to an NCAA athletics institution already plagued by corruption and hypocrisy, and it’s one more thing that will continue to turn fans off of college sports.
At the close of the Houston Texans’ inter-squad practice Thursday with the San Francisco 49ers, head coach Bill O’Brien said his top players would get “about the same” amount of playing time in their preseason game Saturday against the 49ers as they saw the week prior, and he was true to his word.
As The Daily News begins to work on its annual high school football preview magazine (set to be published Sunday, Aug. 26), the excitement for a new season of Galveston County football is building; it’s starting to feel real.