Texans at Giants 3 keys to defense


Sep 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) plays during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Redskins 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday the Texans will be in New York to face the Giants. To keep their undefeated streak from matching last years three game start. Heading in against the winless Giants who seem to be imploding under the failing arm of Eli Manning and a head coach who seems overwhelmed it’s easy to think the Texans are headed for an easy 3 and 0 start. Maybe they are, here are the thee keys to defense for the Texans to be the Giants.

1. Pressure.

The Texans have to pressure Manning and it has to come from someone not wearing #99. Watt was bottled up by the Raiders for the entire game, aside a touch down catch he was pretty much quiet. This was because the Raiders did what everyone else did last year, double and triple team Watt. The rest of the defense was unable to take advantage of this. How and why is beyond me. The Redskins game planned for Clowney, the Raiders didn’t have to and the Giants will follow the Raiders game plan.  Here is a great time to unleash Brian Cushing and make the Giants pay for focusing on Watt.

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2. Secondary Coverage.

The secondary cannot count on interceptions and fumbles. Yes, the ledger balance is in favor of the Texans right now but take away a fumble and there is a chance the Texans are 1-1 instead of 2-0. Manning may be struggling, but he can air the ball out and has weapons around him that can get behind the defense in a flash.

3. Special Teams Success.

So far, the Texans have had great coverage and returns from the special teams unit. This has to continue. It’s a small, but vital portion of the game that has been in recent years rather painful to observe. So far, from the preseason through the first two games this has been the best performing unit the Texans have fielded yet. That needs to continue.

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