Like an 8th grader at the mall, the Houston Texans were a walking fog of that pungent winner's cologne.
For most of the last two months, their win-loss record overpowered any serious criticism. It was easy to spray around that old adage about good teams finding a way to win when they don't play well. They were 8-1, 10-1, 12-2. Nothing to smell here. Move along.
They got blown out in New England, and that was alarming, but it was Tom Brady, and it was just one of those nights, and the Texans were still on top of the AFC.
But then came Sunday, and its stormcloud of stink. Suddenly, after taking a beatdown at home from a Vikings team that supposedly has one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, the Texans' dirty drawers are out in the open.
All of your questions, complaints and concerns are now worth entertaining.
Is Gary Kubiak's conservatism a fatal flaw in the team's personality?
How good is Matt Schaub, really?
Why can't the Texans run the ball anymore?
Does the secondary a...