Just like last year, the football gods aren't interested in making things too easy on the Texans. Houston was riddled with injuries in 2011 and they've already lost Brian Cushing, their star linebacker, for the year with an ACL tear.
But just because Cushing is out doesn't mean the Texans can't win, and win big. And that's precisely what the linebacker expects to see; Cushing wrote that Houston is "still winning" the Super Bowl this season.
"Trust me when I say that I'll be back better than ever next year; but in the meantime, I want to thank my teammates, coaches, and you fans for all the amazing love and support," Cushing wrote on his Facebook page. "Oh, and WE are STILL winning THIS year's Super Bowl."
This doesn't really have a "Ryan Kalil newspaper ad" feel to it, though. In fact, the only similarities between the two guarantees are that both players are out for the season. Houston's 5-0 and rolling right along. Carolina's not winning anything.
Besides, it sure seems like the Texans defense has Cushing's back too. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips tweeted that the Texans will be inspired by the loss of Cushing.
We won With "Cush".Now we have to win For "Cush".— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) October 11, 2012
JJ Watt, the clubhouse leader for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award (and maybe MVP?), described a terrifying world where he would take it to a "new level."
Time to take it to a new level. We got you @briancushing56— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 10, 2012
Seriously, though, that should scare everyone. If Watt gets better, the NFL might need to require the Texans to play defense with 10 people just to keep things fair.
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