Big Apple breakdown

The Texans appear to have misplaced their mojo sometime in the 4th quarter of the Buffalo game. The late collapse against the Bills, coupled with an ineffective performance at the Jets, has the team sliding in the wrong direction. Wasn't it just two weeks ago that we were giddy about a win at Jacksonville and a possible late-season surge?

So much for that. Our boys in deep steel blue got out-finessed by the Jets, clinching another non-winning season and producing enough questions for five nights of Jeopardy.

Gary Kubiak and his staff have to be sleep-deprived trying to figure out how to get their points-challenged offense clicking. Between the 30-yard lines, the Texans move it as well as anyone, but they ride off the road on their way to the red zone. In the last four games, this offense has averaged 12 points per game with a high water mark of 14. The defense continues to show potential, but they could use a pick-me-up from their friends on the other side of the ball.

When you visit the Apple, you want to put your best foot forward like all performers who tour the nation's largest market. But the Texans hardly displayed world-class form. Now they return home for more fine tuning.

New York is a fun place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there (and I grew up in the area). You might think the traffic is bad here, but New Yorkers would die for this kind of traffic. Congestion is everywhere. Even Central Park foot traffic was a hassle.

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Are the Aggies ok with Coach Fran now? They better be. I supported him even before the upset at the 40 acres. He clearly has Aggieland on the right track.

Rice blows my mind. Todd Graham is the C-USA Coach of the Year for turning around a nearly dormant program at warp speed and going to a bowl for the first time in over 40 years.

UH fans have to show up in a big way for the Conference Championship game. If Robertson isn't SRO, Coogs should never, ever talk about Big 12 dreams again.

Thanks for all the e-mails on VanderBaby's (and family) appearance on FOX 26 Sunday night in their "voices of the game" series. Obviously, the wife and kid don't have the "face for radio" that I do.
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