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After 3 weeks the Houston Texans are 2-1, and now sit in a tie for the lead in the AFC South. They played from behind in both their wins, and narrowly escaped victorious. With a defense only that’s only allows 249 yards a game and an offense that’s loaded in terms of talent the Texans still have much to work on before taking the next step this year as a team. They’ll have little time to think about the loss they just suffered in Baltimore this past week. The Seattle Seahawks are next on the schedule, followed by the 49ers and the St. Louis Rams. They can’t afford to lose too many games this season Andrew Luck’s got the Colts at 2-1 and the Titans are also 2-1. These games are crucial for the Texans. The good thing is they do have a chance to win all 3 of those games. They’ll just have to play perfect football and focus and these key things as a team.
Texans QB Matt Schaub must limit his turnovers if his team plans to win the division this year.
Ball Security: There hasn’t been a game this year that QB Matt Schaub hasn’t thrown at least 1 INT. That’s never a goof recipe for winning games in the NFL. The Texans were nursing RB Arian Foster slowly to start the season. The fact that Ben Tate has played so well is also factoring in on the carry count right now too. If the Texans are going to have success they’ll need to get Foster touches early in these games. He’s always been a better runner that way. He takes advantage when the defense finally over commits. A healthy number of carries for Foster would benefit the offense a lot this week with the Seahawks secondary being so good. The Texans must fix this going forward if they plan on still holding at least a share of the AFC lead when this 3 week stretch is over.
Better Pass Rush: The Texans defense hasn’t really played a bad game this season. They haven’t played a perfect one either though. 2 players you know are going to make plays are JJ Watt and Brian Cushing. Both have 2 sacks on the season already, Cushing had the game tying INT against SD to open the season. Watt already has 4 passes defensed, he may break his own record of 16 by a DL this season, which would be crazy. But even with those 2 studs the Texans lack pass rush off the edges. 2011 1st rounder Whitney Mercilus was coming off a 6 sack season on limited snaps. He’s gotten 1 thus far but hasn’t been a disruptive force though. Brooks Reed a 3rd yr OLB is very effective in the running game defense but isn’t much of a pass rusher. Playing against 2 mobile QB’s and more of a spread in St. Louis the Texans will have to get more pressure off the outside these next 3 games. They have to emphasize destroying the pocket to be successful against those teams.
Special Teams Play: Special team’s has been an issue for the Texans for years now. Last season they drafted K Randy Bullock out of Texas A&M but lost him to injury. He’s now healthy, but isn’t quite kicking like he is. Bullock has already missed 4 FG’s through the first 3 weeks of this young season. He was drafted to make long kicks under pressure and has yet to do so. If Bullock keeps missing and taking points off the board for Houston they’ll have a hard time winning games. The addition of P Shane Lechler has helped the punt coverage already this season. Buy after giving up a long return for a TD against the Ravens Tandon Doss last week the Texans must get better quickly. They’ll be punting to Golden Tate of the Seahawks this week, LaMichael James next week, and Tavon Austin the following week. Every one of those players are big play threats and should be played as such. Keeping special teams points off the board and making the opposing team start drives deep in their own territory should help the Texans bunches in the games.
DE JJ Watt and ILB Brian Cushing will continue to get plenty of attention at all times. Other players will need to step up and make plays for this Texans defense.
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Arian Foster will need to be at his best this week against a Seahawks defense ranked 1st in the league in points allowed.
Coming off a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens the Houston Texans now look to tame one of the hottest teams in the NFL this week facing off against the Seattle Seahawks. The Texans are tied for the lead in the AFC South and can’t afford to lose this...
This week in SOTT Fantasy Recap we will look at all of the contributors in the debacle in Baltimore and where they ranked amongst the rest of the NFL. This was not a good week for any fantasy owners of the Texans players.
NFL Fantasy Leagues – 5.76 pts.
Yahoo Fantasy Leagues – 4.00 pts.
25 completions, 35 attempts, 194 yards, 1 interception
DeAndre Hopkins wide out of Houston Texans left the practice field and went to put in more work in the weight room. When he showed up there was only one other player there. That player was J.J. Watt. “It was just me and him in there lifting, and J.J. just told me, ‘You’re not going […]
The Houston Texans will need to bring everything they have as they face off against arguably the best team in the NFL this weekend, the Seattle Seahawks. There's a chance the Texans could be without two key players when the take on the Seahawks, as wide receiver Andre Johnson and left tackle Duane Brown are likely to be game-time decisions, according to head coach Gary Kubiak...
As the Texans brace for a visit from the Legion on Boom they won’t know whether they’ll have two key offensive components for Sunday’s game.
Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Wednesday that both receiver Andre Johnson (shin) and left tackle Duane Brown (toe) will be game-time decisions for the Week Four contest against Seattle.
Johnson didn’t practice on Wednesday; Kubiak...
As of “right now,” the Houston Texans expect star wide receiver Andre Johnson to play versus the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Catching 25 passes for 258 yards over three games, the 32-year-old Johnson is still battling a shin wound. After getting shellacked 30-9 by the Ravens in Baltimore, the Texans and quarterback Matt Schaub badly need a healthy version of Johnson. Ranked 16th...
Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Friday that receiver Andre Johnson (shin) will start Sunday.Fantasy Spin:Johnson took part in individual drills Thursday and Friday and is no longer a game-time decision. He's a must start.
That’s right, folks. It’s time for another exciting addition of Texans Tweets of the Week. As the Texans get ready to face the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in Reliant, we bring you the most interesting and noteworthy tweets for your Houston Texans players and other Texans sources.
As always, because fooling with Twitter yourself is just way too time consuming, we’ve done...
The Seattle Seahawks are about to hit the road for a 2 game road trip starting off in Houston. The Seahawks will be playing the Texans for the third time in team history with the series even at 1-1. This week the Hawks will look to stop not only JJ Watt in order to keep the offense moving, but they must also shut down Andre Johnson.
Let’s go back in time, shall we...
Well Seattle, here we go
It is week 4 and the Seahawks are heading down to Houston to take on Andre Johnson and the Texans. (I don’t care how good JJ Watt is, Andre is the name that goes before the team.
Because he’s my favorite player that isn’t a Seahawk and he is awesome.
Although Seattle is 3-0 and has had a solid season, they still show areas of struggle that they have...
BB and TFB talk Ed Reed (by PatsPropaganda)
1. Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (18 receptions, 243 yards, TD) Hopkins was able to catch six passes against the Ravens, but was unable to find paydirt to go along with his 60 receiving yards. Still, Hopkins has become the #2 receiving option this team needs going forward.Last Week: 1st.2. Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard (22 rushes, 110 yards,...
We talk a closer look at the Houston Texans and their game with the Baltimore Ravens, and found some more numbers from inside the game.
The amount of passes the Baltimore Ravens attempted over 20 yards or more.
The amount of passes attempted by the Ravens to the middle or right of the field that Ed Reed patrolled during the game over 20 yards or more....
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Seahawks Back on the Road Looking to Stay Perfect
The Seattle Seahawks head back east this Sunday to play yet another dreaded 10 AM Pacific game. This time it is against the 2-1 Houston Texans – a team that was schooled last week against Baltimore.
Seattle has looked very much like the class of the NFC so far this year.
Russell Wilson has eclipsed any...
Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) participated in individual drills Thursday but is still a game-time decision against Seattle, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.Fantasy Spin:Johnson sat out of all activities Wednesday, so at least he's making some progress. Houston hosts the Seahawks at 1 p.m. ET, so we should know if Johnson is playing by 11 a.m. ET Sunday morning.