Week 5 Preview And Texans Update
Whew, we won that one. Although it wasn’t really close, and the Texans should have beat the Raiders, I was worried. What with the defensive problems we have had, and our run game shuddering.
Although the Texans won convincingly against the Raiders, just remember that we played one of, if not the, worst teams in the league. Sorry Raider fans but that is reality. The Texans defense held the black and silver to just 165 yards on offense and only 6 points. That sounds really good and if it was against someone like the Titans or Broncos I might get all excited but it wasn’t, it was the Raiders.
The week 5 game is against the defending NFC champion Arizona Cardinals in their home field. Just like last week, on paper the Texans have the advantage in almost every stat there is. However there is the little matter of the Warner/Fitzgerald combo to deal with. As of this writing the Cardinals are 5.5 point favorites to win.
The Cardinals have been having their own troubles, they are 1-2 so far, and have given up 68 points vs. 57 for. The Cards run game is even worst than the Texans and their O-line has been having problems protecting Warner. This being said, if the Texans can not get pressure on Warner, he will pick our secondary apart. We don’t have a CB or Safety who can stay with Fitzgerald so the front line has to get pressure on the Cards QB.
As for our offense, the O-line must get better run blocking done and allow Slayton to carve up the Arizona defense. Get that done and Schuab will be able to pick apart the Cards secondary and get the ball to Johnson and Co.
The good news is that the Cards are coming off their bye week. Now it has been my exprience that most teams are a little slow coming back from the bye and are hard pressed to mount a effective defense. If this holds true than the Texans have a very good chance, if not it comes down to who can survive a shoot out.
The Texans have already shown that they can win a shoot out, remember the Titans game?, but this will be a much tougher test of our defense. I look for the Texans to (I hate to say this) lose in a close game by a TD. I hope I am wrong but I don’t think our defense is up to stopping the Cardinal offense.
One more note, the Texans have a player out with a confirmed case of swine flu and several other players were out sick for the game against Oakland. There are no more confirmed cases of swine flu on the team as of this writing.| Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, NFL Week 5