Texans fans just think they know how to suffer.

The Texans are 2-11 and one of the three worst teams in the NFL with Detroit (1-11-1) and Jacksonville (2-13). They are guaranteed to have a second consecutive loss record.

I think we can all agree that Sunday’s game in Jacksonville is the Texans’ best chance to win a third game and avoid tying the franchise record for the fewest wins in a season.

But what if they lose to the Jaguars and finish 2-15, setting a team record for losses in one season?

They’ll get one of the top two picks in the draft, possibly the first overall if the Lions manage to win another game, which is questionable given their remaining schedule. The Texans are also said to be 6-27 in their last two seasons.

Even though the Lions are a half game worse than the Texans, you can argue that the Texans are the worst team in the league. There is no doubt that they have the worst offense.

In 13 games, the Texans are 32nd in points (13.6 per game), points differential (minus-179), touchdown differential (minus-24), yards (264.2 per game) , rushing yards (77.5), yards per carry (3.3) and rushing touchdowns (six).

The Texans are 31st by the way (186.6), ahead of only the Bears (176.5).

I’ve had so many fans asking me if this is the worst Texans team in franchise history and how they stack up against the worst teams in Oilers history.

Let’s take a look at this.

If the Texans lost the remainder of their games, their two-year 6-27 record would give them a .182 winning percentage. It’s pathetic, isn’t it?

Yes, but it is not the most pathetic in the history of our city.

The worst two-year record in Houston history was provided by the 1972-73 Oilers. They were 1-13 each season. That 2-26 record gave them a .071 winning percentage.

In a four-year streak (1970-73) in which the Oilers had a new coach each season, they were 9-45-2, a .179 winning percentage.

Owner Bud Adams went from head coach Wally Lemm (3-10-1) in 1970 to Ed Hughes (4-9-1) in 1971 to Bill Peterson (1-13) in 1972 at Peterson (0- 5) and Sid Gillman (1-8) a year later.

Adams gave Peterson a lifetime contract and fired him after 19 games.

The 1971 Oilers were 3-10-1 in their only season with Hughes as a coach. He was so ashamed of this season that he did not allow her to be included in his team’s biography for the rest of his career.

Hughes coached a team that used the third overall pick on quarterback Dan Pastorini.

Pastorini’s first team included three players who would be inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame – safety Ken Houston, defensive end Elvin Bethea and wide receiver Charlie Joiner. Linebacker George Webster was good enough to be in the Hall of Fame as well.

Something interesting about the 1973 Oilers: Even though they won only one game, they continued to build up talent that helped them finish 7-7 in 1974. Gillman was still the one. Head coach and Bum Phillips was in his first year as a defensive coordinator. Phillips replaced Gillman as coach a year later.

The 1973 squad included Pastorini, Bethea, wide receiver Kenny Burrough, offensive tackle Greg Sampson, outside linebacker Ted Washington and cornerback Willie Alexander. Five years later, they played major roles in the 1978 squad which included Earl Campbell and reached the first consecutive AFC Championship game.

By the way, Houston fans haven’t seen a team reach the AFC championship game since the 1979 Oilers, who lost for a second straight season at Pittsburgh. The Steelers have won the Super Bowl every year.

With the Oilers being a part of Houston history, they tend to be romanticized by a lot of fans, but they have seen another terrible time.

From 1981 to 1986, the Oilers had six consecutive losing seasons. Their record was 23-66 (.258). In the last five seasons of this period, they have failed to win more than five games. In 1983-84 – their worst two-year streak – they were 4-27 (0.129).

Looking at how the Texans might end up if they can’t beat the Jaguars, that two-year streak still won’t be as miserable as these two stretches of Oilers history.

There are some things about this Texan team that stink, though.

For example, the Texans rushed for six touchdowns, the least in the league. They have a back runner on the roster who rushed for a touchdown – Rex Burkhead with one, and he’s injured.

The Texans’ main rusher is still Mark Ingram II with 294 yards, and he was traded to New Orleans in late October. David Johnson is next with 176.

On the defensive end, the Texans gave up 22 touchdowns. Only the Jets, who beat the Texans, allowed more (24).

So, is this the worst Texan team?

Certainly the worst offense. Maybe the worst team.

In 2002, their first season, the Texans were 4-12. They have lost four games to one score.

In 2005, the Texans were 2-14. They have lost six one-point games, including two in overtime.

The Texans’ other 2-14 team doesn’t deserve to be included in the conversation about the worst team. This 2013 team was brimming with talent like receivers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, left tackle Duane Brown, running back Arian Foster, defensive end JJ Watt and cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson.

Gary Kubiak’s last team as coach lost nine games by one point.

Despite their records, it is said here that the worst Texan teams were in 2002, 2005 and 2021. They have four games left to prove that this year is not the worst.

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