There is just one day before the Houston Texans face the New York Giants as both teams are looking for their first win of the season.
Game day is almost here for the Houston Texans as they are set to take on the visiting New York Giants. One of them will gain their first win of the 2018 NFL season, unless there is a tie which has happened the past two weeks in the NFL. The odds from Las Vegas have stayed the same all week with the Texans being six-to-seven point favorite over the Giants, but remember the G-Men in the series history lead at 3-1.
Neither team has been stellar on offense through the first two games, though the Texans are the top rushing team in the NFL after the first two weeks. They also have the ability to keep that mark going with the Giants being near the bottom stopping the run this season.
A win is there for the taking for the Texans, but now it is up to them to put together a complete game and to give the home fans a lot to cheer about this Sunday in Houston. Listed below are headlines for Saturday.
• Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com has a good article on how wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Odell Beckham Jr. are similar, quoting Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan on the topic as he’s worked with both wide receivers during his coaching career. Sidhu wrote:
"“I think the commonalities of those two guys, just being explosive players, very good at what they do, body control stands out to me,” Ryan said Thursday. “Certainly, their catch radius is a big part of what both of those guys can do and do well.”"
Though neither Hopkins or Beckham Jr. will be on the field at the same time during this game on Sunday, this matchup is exciting. It is exciting because we all know the other wants to out-play their counterpart for the simple reason that is how competitive wide receivers are in the NFL. They both want to be known as the best, and in reality they both are Top 5 or no less than Top 10 wide receivers in the NFL today.
"“It feels like a 35 point outburst is almost necessary Sunday in restoring some of the faith that Watson may have lost with disgruntled Texan fans.”"
The Texans do need a good, well-played game this Sunday from Watson if they do want to gain a win this Sunday. Watson will be fine as the season progresses and it will just take some time for him to get over some of the rust after missing many games last season. Watson has an excellent chance to get back on track this weekend and he is more than able to do so against the Giants.
• Giants.com wrote a scouting report on the Texans late this week saying the strength of the Houston offense is their running game. The article stated:
"“Any success Houston has starts with the run game. Miller, averaging 4.9 yards a carry, doesn’t receive the acclaim accorded other backs, but he can do it all.”"
That is a true statement on Miller as he doesn’t get all the acclaim as other running backs in the league, even if he does put up good numbers each season. Miller is a reliable player as well as he’s played in no less than 13 games in each of his six seasons before this current season. Since joining the Texans, Miller has played in 32 of a possible 34 regular season games which is a big feat on this roster. Miller is a very solid running back with a 4.3 yards per carry career average and this season he’s averaging 4.9 yards per carry average, so look for more of that on Sunday.
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The field is ready to go and hopefully the team is ready as well for the home opener in Week 3. It will be good for the Texans to get back on the field at home and everything seems to be to their favor this Sunday. Now it is just up to the team and coaching staff to finish the job and gain their first win of the season.