4. A repeat performance from wide receivers
DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are potentially one of the top wide receiver duos in the NFL today when they both are healthy enough to play. The Texans had that last week, even if it didn’t result in a win. Last Sunday in the 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Texans had both Hopkins and Fuller each gain 100-plus yards receiving, plus each player scored a touchdown.
Though it didn’t happen last weekend in terms of gaining a win, think of how much the Texans would have struggled if they didn’t put up those numbers that they achieved? For this to occur, the pass protection mentioned previously will have to be at a higher level, plus the Texans must play better against their matchups.
In the most recent injury report listed on the Giants’ official website, they have listed that cornerback Eli Apple has been ruled out for the game, which is a big plus for the Texans, but a negative for the Giants. This season, Apple has four tackles with two passes defensed (both in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars) and no forced fumbles.
The cornerbacks most likely to be covering Hopkins and Fuller are Donte Deayon (replacing Apple), Janoris Jenkins and B.W. Webb. At strong safety for the Giants will be Landon Collins, and Curtis Riley will be at free safety.
This is a very interesting matchup for the Texans to have on Sunday. Now it is up to them to take full advantage of the adversity the Giants are facing and win a game at home for the first time since Nov. 19, 2017 when they defeated the Arizona Cardinals.