The Houston Texans are 5-3, sit in first place in the AFC South and have beaten all three of their division rivals by an average margin of nearly 24 points.
So why does it feel like something terrible is about to happen?
Texans fans have an acute ability to expect the worst. This is mostly because their pessimism keeps getting rewarded with correctness. The beloved Oilers left town, the Texans have never made the playoffs and even in this promising year, the team's best defensive player has been lost for the year.
You get the impression people are just waiting for Matt Schaub to suddenly leave football to pursue a rap career.
This cynicism is hardly unique to Houston. The feeling of impending doom is as universal for sports fans as the unsatisfying ratio of nacho cheese to nacho chips. Texans fans aren't the most tortured in professional sports, but there is a feeling that's only because they haven't been around long enough.
And yet, look at this team. It co...