The Arizona Cardinals come off their bye facing a very similar situation to the one they face before the midseason hiatus: a home contest against a preseason title contender who has since fallen on hard times.
In Week 8, Arizona took full advantage of the situation,
putting together a complete performance in a 27-13 rout of the Atlanta Falcons.
Sunday’s opponent, the Houston Texans, have made the playoffs each of the last two seasons — a trend that doesn’t look like it’ll continue in 2013.
Houston’s latest loss all but killed any momentum the team attempted to create heading into the second half of their campaign.
Rookie quarterback Case Keenum’s three first-half touchdowns had the Texans up 21-3 on the Indianapolis Colts going into halftime, but all that became a footnote as head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed while running off the field.
While the Texans announced that Kubiak did not suffer a heart attack, his absence proved to be too much to overcome.
Andrew Luck connected with T.Y. Hilton for three second half scores, and the Colts came all the way back to win 27-24.
Kubiak’s status is still unknown for Sunday’s game at University of Phoenix Stadium, much like the state of his team at this point.
For a team many expected to complete for the AFC crown, the Texans have fallen awfully from the ranks awfully quickly.
Here’s what’s happening in Houston as the Texans get ready for a trip to the desert.