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Sep 12, 2020 9 tweets 1 min read Read on X
The Houston Chronicle sports reporting system for articles and columns on the Houston Texans during the week following a Texans loss: 1/9
Day 1: The Texans are terrible and their coaches are blithering idiots. 2/9
Day 2: Well, the other team is really good. Plus, so-and-so on the Texans looked good in the loss. 3/9
Day 3: Despite appearances, the Texans' coaches really do know what they are doing. 4/9
Day 4: The Texans' players understand their mistakes from the previous game and won't make them again. 5/9
Day 5: The coaches and players on the Texans' upcoming opponent are wary of the Texans and their tremendous potential. 6/9
Day 6: The Texans look forward to getting back on track for the Super Bowl in their next game. 7/9
Day 7: Gameday. Go Texans! 8/9
Day 1 again: Repeat. 9/9

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