The National Football League schedule is prepared long before the first game on that schedule is played. The league’s top management would love to have every game on its schedule feature teams with winning records. That, of course, would make each contest more meaningful and exciting.
But the NFL, like every other professional sports league, has losing teams. And sometimes these “bottom-feeders” find themselves playing against one another. But a game that features two losing squads isn’t doomed to be boring and unworthy of being watched.
The players on losing squads like those that perform for winning teams, are highly-paid professionals. Their personal pride is the assurance any fan needs that the game he or she pays to watch will be “worth the cost of admission.”
So the fact that two losing teams will square off against each other this Sunday should not deter fans of either team from attending. The Tennessee Titans, a squad with a Won-Loss record of 1-5 will visit the Houston Texans, a team that has managed to win just two of the seven games it has played.
Both teams play in the weak South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). The Texans find themselves in a second place tie with the Jacksonville Jaguars even though each of these teams has a Won-Loss record of 2-5. The Titans, with their Won-Loss record of 1-5 are in last place.
Shockingly, and somewhat amazingly, both of these losing teams are still “in the hunt” for divisional honors and can, with a winning streak, move up to first place before the regular season ends. That’s because the Indianapolis Colts are the current division leaders and they have lost more games than they have won. Their Won-Loss record is a pedestrian 3-4.
Every squad in the South Division knows that first place is “up for grabs.” It is that reason, among others, that should motivate and inspire players on the visiting Titans and the home team Texans to play at the highest possible level this Sunday afternoon.
A win for either team in this intra-divisional contest can jump-start the successful squad and lead to a “playoff push” that ends positively. The players on both teams know what is at stake and know that first place is within reach, if not this week than in the not-too-distant future.
That knowledge should give players all the incentive they need to “play all out.” This game may pit two losing teams against one another, two teams that have managed just a total of three wins collectively while losing ten.
But in the National Football League (NFL), what happened in the past needs to remain in the past. Each Sunday presents a new opportunity for a team to win a game and move up in the standings.
The Titans and Texans should play a game that pleases fans from start to finish.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report