Originally written on CJ Sports NFL Talk  |  Last updated 10/20/14
We’ve heard it so many times that it’s become a part of our sports lexicon, “There is no such thing as a moral victory.”  I can understand how that applies to the players and the coaches, who’ve given their all for the W, and will accept nothing less.  I can understand how that may apply to a franchise, one that sets a standard of excellence very few can dare to achieve.  But you know what… we’re not the players, we’re not the coaches, and we represent no franchise.  We are the fans, the spectators, the invested observers of sport at its very best.  Yes, it means the world to us when our team wins, and crushes us when they lose; but as fans, we are allowed to enjoy the stages of a team’s metamorphosis from cellar-dweller to champion. To the combatants it’s basic, larva or moth; we the fans can find victory in the phases that transform one to the other.

The 4-0 Houston Texans rolled into Metlife Stadium looking for win number five under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. The list on inactives from the New York Jets painted the bleakest of pictures.  Gang Green would be without the services of starters: Darrelle Revis, John Conner, Dustin Keller, Stephen Hill, Sione Pouha, and Santonio Holmes (IR). Already severely undermanned, the Jets would lose Kendrick Ellis (MCL sprain), Nick Mangold (right ankle), Clyde Gates (left shoulder) and Josh Mauga (torn pectoral) to injury by game’s end.
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