This is only the third trip for the Rams to NRG Stadium. For the first two, they still lived in St Louis. In 2005 they stopped by in late November while the Texans were on their way to a head-scratching 2-14 record.
The game was notable because a rookie quarterback named Ryan Fitzpatrick came off the bench and rallied the Rams from a 24-3 halftime deficit to beat Houston in overtime. Ouch. Fitzpatrick would of course, later become a Texan. He's currently on his ninth team in Washington.
The next visit was when Jeff Fisher coached his 'new' squad to a victory in 2013. Matt Schaub was injured in the contest. T.J. Yates would come in and finish up but Case Keenum got the start the following week. That season ended with the same record as '05.
Before you go thinking this season could end the same way, everyone here is committed to making sure that isn't the case. At home, the Texans have played better and every week brings a new opportunity to bow up and reverse the trend.
This is only the second time the Texans have played the Rams, with them being based in L.A. It seems fitting they are back where they belong. But did you know they actually started in Cleveland in a different league before joining the NFL in their second season, 1937?
They moved to L.A. a decade later and found success in the '50s with Norm Van Brocklin slinging it. I'm only bringing this up because he's a fellow Dutchman. In fact, he was nicknamed the Dutchman!
He still holds the single-game passing record at 554 yards. Don't look up the rest of the numbers. They're not impressive by today's standards. Football fans should know that inflation totally exists with football stats due to rule changes, length of season and philosophy evolution.
There's another thing that more seasoned (Pssst, that's code for older) observers like me find interesting about this team. They were featured in the 1978 smash comedy Heaven Can Wait.
Warren Beatty plays a quarterback who 'mistakenly' gets killed and his guardian angel gives him the body of a diseased millionaire as he tries to work his way back onto the team. I think the movie holds up well but don't @ at me if it doesn't.
[Millennials - "Who's Warren Beatty?"]
Anyway, here they are, equipped with Mathew Stafford, who grew up in the Dallas area. Their only loss is to unbeaten Arizona. That game was relatively even statistically but two turnovers did the Rams in. Let's hope the Texans have a happy homecoming after two tough weeks on the road.
The Texans will practice tomorrow and Friday at the Houston Methodist Training Center. They'll host the Los Angeles Rams on October 31 in Week 8. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.
Check out the best photos from the Houston Texans practice on Wednesday.