This was a game the Texans had to win, and it really didn’t matter how they did it. If they’d overcome three turnovers and committed 12 penalties and somehow stumbled out of Nashville with a victory, it wouldn’t have mattered. They would have still been alone in first place, and that’s what this trip was about.
It’s a bottom line business, and if there’s one lesson we’ve learned through the years with this franchise, that’s it. As Gary Kubiak said earlier in the week, if you’d told him last summer his team would be playing for first place in Week 7. he would have taken it in a heartbeat.
The Texans (4-3) have never been alone in first place this far into a season. At 4-3, that’s where they sit today after a 41-7 defeat—Yes, a 34-point margin of victory, largest in franchise history—of the...