Texans vs. Buccaneers: Week 3 staff predictions

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Sep 20, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Houston Texans strong safety Quintin Demps (27) reacts after sacking Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in the fourth quarter. The Panthers defeated the Texans 24-17 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans are ready for Week 3 as they return home in hopes of getting the sour taste of the last two weeks out of their mouths. So how will the game play out? Our writers take a stab at guessing the outcome once again.

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Randy Gurzi, Editor

Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans

Prediction: Tampa Bay is 1-1 after one embarrassing outing against the Titans, and one solid outing against a divisional rival in New Orleans. Throw out the divisional rivalry because these games can go either way regardless of the record. The fact is Tampa Bay is not very good. Their quarterback is young, their o-line is shaky and their running back is a “muscle hamster.”

Whether or not Arian Foster returns this week I think a determined Houston team takes the field. They left a lot of plays on the field against Carolina on the road, and came up just short. Tampa is not as good as Carolina and this time Houston will be at home. Look for big games from Ryan Mallett and DeAndre Hopkins. I also think this is the game Brian Cushing starts to become a game changer again as he is looking more and more comfortable on the field as his health keeps improving. Houston wins one easily.

Final Score: Houston 31, Tampa Bay 16

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