Following a subpar Week 1, the Houston Texans now must turn to facing the Tennessee Titans in Week 2.
The season opener is finally finished and out of the way, and now for the Houston Texans there must be a turnaround and even short memory as they have to hit the road for a second straight week, this time traveling to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee also lost their season opener, and to make things even more similar, both the Texans and Titans lost by scores of 27-20 with the Texans losing to the New England Patriots and the Titans falling to the Miami Dolphins.
In looking at the Titans before this Sunday’s game, the first place to look to is the tape, and luckily for us, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post already did that. One player he says stands out is Minkah Fitzpatrick. Shad wrote this about the 11th overall pick:
"“Fitzpatrick brings juice to the unit with his youthful exuberance. He is, quite simply, a future Pro Bowler.”"
In his debut game, the free safety Fitzpatrick totaled six tackles with three solo tackles and one pass defensed. Fitzpatrick brings an interesting matchup for the Texans. Deshaun Watson will need to keep an extra eye on him and even maybe most importantly, don’t challenge Fitzpatrick too much early until they get a feel for his style of play.
• One player the Texans need on their offense sooner rather than later is wide receiver Will Fuller. Fuller is needed to play this Sunday.
Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com wrote about the possible return of Fuller in Week 2 as he missed the season opener with a hamstring issue. Sidhu wrote this of Fuller:
"“In his Monday press conference, head coach Bill O’Brien said yes, when asked if he was hopeful for Fuller’s return.”"
Fuller is needed on the field at the same time as DeAndre Hopkins to really help bring success to the offense and to get some of the extra pressure off Hopkins as well. A trio of Hopkins, Bruce Ellington and Fuller makes for a strong core of players for Watson to get the ball to, which eventually helps improve his overall play from a week ago. A return of Fuller to the field this Sunday would be big for Houston, no doubt about it.
• Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com had an article on Watson as to where took blame for the loss on Sunday agaisnt the Patriots. Barshop quoted Watson with the following:
"“I feel like you can put that all on me because I’ve [been] way better than what I showed today. My energy was low and I was just overthinking little things.”"
We all know Watson is a better player than what he showed on Sunday in Week 1. The great thing is now hopefully the rust of playing in the regular season is gone, and now the confident player we watched for part of last season before he was injured returns in Week 2 against the Titans. Watson should have a big game against Tennessee.
• Tweet of the Day
Kareem Jackson is an underrated player nationally. Having eight solo tackles and two forced fumbles deserves big recognition, and let’s be honest, it is a tough feat to achieve. Some players go all season without a forced fumble, but to have two in a single game is cause for praise.