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Breaking Bad…Habits


Texans QB Davis Mills celebrates a touchdown pass against New England

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Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a Plastic Surgeon, wrote in his best-selling book titled "Psycho-Cybernetics" that he noticed it took 21 days for amputees to cease feeling a phantom sensation in the amputated limb.


That observation would be later be used by psychologists when helping patients break a bad habit and start a new one, allowing 21 days to form new neuropathways in your brain.


The Houston Texans' offense hopes that the “21-Day Rule” does not apply to them when they take on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at NRG Stadium.


Houston has not scored an offensive touchdown since the third quarter of their last home game on October 10 against the New England Patriots.


After an interception by safety Lonnie Johnson Jr., the Texans took possession of the ball on the Patriots' 44-yard line. Former running back Mark Ingram ran the ball on first down for seven yards, the next play rookie quarterback, Davis Mills found wide receiver Chris Conley for a touchdown.


The Texans fans went crazy. They increased their lead to 22-9 over the Patriots. Life was good. Until it wasn’t.


Houston has not seen the end zone since. That is a nine-quarter drought. They also have been outscored 72-8 during that stretch and have not scored any points in the second half.


Most of the issues for the Texans come from their inability to get the ball downfield to their wide receivers. It is going on 21-days since the last time Houston had a big pass play of over 25-plus yards when they had four in the game against New England.


It will be interesting to see what type of plays Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly will call to get a stagnant offense going against a Rams defense that has only given up two big passing plays over the last eight quarters.


Texans’ fans can only hope that they can break one habit on Sunday and begin a good one of getting the ball in the end zone.

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