Texans vs. Buccaneers: Week 3 staff predictions

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Sep 20, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) hands the ball off to running back Chris Polk (22) during the first half of the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Ethan Lington, Staff writer

Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans

Prediction: Although they play the Buccaneers, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the offense puts up points while lacking their two biggest weapons. DeAndre Hopkins sat out of practice on Wednesday with a concussion and hasn’t been completely ruled out for Sunday, but it looks quite unlikely that he’ll see the field. Arian Foster, while practicing, is still in the final stages of recovery and it’s best to not rush him back out onto the field, especially against a weaker Tampa Bay team.

The Texans defensive performance is paramount to their success, even more so now than later in the season. Look for J.J. Watt to have a big day chasing after Jameis Winston, and Jadeveon Clowney may just get his ever-elusive first NFL sack.

Texans win an uncomfortably close contest, solely because it’s Jameis Winston and the Bucs.

Final Score: Houston 17, Tampa Bay 13

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