This was the year. No more teasing by the Houston Texans.
They were for real.
I actually thought they had a chance to be the top seed in the AFC. But then we get news Monday that quarterback Matt Schaub might be lost for the year with a foot injury.
If that's true, what does that do to the Texans? It means Matt Leinart is in. It doesn't mean they are dead, but you can pretty much put those Super Bowl dreams to the side.
This Texans team, built around the running game and the league's top defense, will still have enough to win the weak AFC South. They will get to their first postseason party.
It just won't last long, though, without Schaub.
I think Leinart has matured to the point where he will be good enough. But in the playoffs, it becomes about the quarterback.
Losing Schaub is a hit to an organization that finally seemed to shake free of the jinx that had plagued it since joining the NFL.
It's too bad. This year, they looked like they were for real.