By Eric Schmidt

The losing continues for the Houston Texans. On Sunday, the club some head pegged as a Super Bowl contender at the start of the season, lost for the eighth consecutive time, dropping a home game 28-23 to the Oakland Raiders. Houston has now lost five games by seven points or less. The Texans are struggling in all facets of the game and you have to wonder whether or not head coach Gary Kubiak will survive after the 2013 season.

The Texans offense has been built around a strong running game. After ten weeks, Houston has recorded just two 100-yard games and scored just twice on the ground. The veteran offensive line has struggled this season while the team has started three different quarterbacks. Matt Schaub has seriously regressed and was replaced by T.J. Yates, and then rookie Case Keenum. Keenum struggled so badly on Sunday, he was benched and replaced by Schaub.

Houston has been known in recent years for smothering defense, but their performance on the field this season has not been up to the standards set by previous units in Houston. The Texans are allowing nearly 28 points per game, eight points a game more than last year’s 12-4 season. Their defensive struggles were on full display Sunday. As a nine point favorite, the Texans allowed rookie undrafted free agent Mike McGloin to throw for three touchdowns and no interceptions. McGloin’s first throw was a touchdown.

Even special teams have struggled this season. PK Randy Bullock has struggled with long kicks this season making just 17 of 26 attempts.

This has been a puzzling breakdown of a team filled with a lot of talent. They have serious quarterback questions moving forward. Is Arian Foster reaching his breaking point after three years of a massive workload? RB Ben Tate will likely be gone next season as a free agent. WR Andre Johnson will be 33 next season.

Frustration is boiling over in Houston. Matt Schaub and Johnson had to be separated on the sideline after Schaub failed to connect with the veteran receiver in the endzone at the end of the game. Fans are disgruntled as well, booing their own offense at every option.

Outside of Atlanta, the Texans have to be considered one of the biggest disappointments of the season. It is going to be very difficult for Gary Kubiak to hold onto his job after this trainwreck of a season. Kubiak has had more than enough chances in Houston and it should be evident that it’s time to move in another direction. Clean house with the coaching staff after the final game of 2013 and start a coaching search.

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