The Houston Texans will be playing on Sunday Night Football this week and they’ll be hosting the Dallas Cowboys.
The Houston Texans will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys this upcoming Sunday in a battle for not only in-state bragging rights, but also it is a game where the Texans are trying to keep the momentum gained from last week, while the Cowboys are looking to get over the .500 mark.
Neither the Texans or Cowboys have lived up to expectations thus far in 2018 with both offensive lines not playing super well, and both offenses struggling with creativity and playing at a top level. Take a look at the two quarterbacks and how many times they’ve been sacked through the first four games with Watson being sacked 17 times (second-most in NFL) and Prescott sacked 14 times (fifth most).
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Those numbers must go down, and with the likes of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney on the Texans and DeMarcus Lawrence on the Cowboys it will be another tough night for both offensive lines to keep the opposing team off the respective quarterbacks.
As the week continues before the game with the Cowboys, here are Tuesday’s headlines for the Texans.
• Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com wrote about cornerback Aaron Colvin as the Texans aren’t exactly sure if he’ll be able to play in a game the rest of the season. Barshop quoted Texans head coach Bill O’Brien:
"“It sounds like he could possibly play again this year, but I’m not definitive about that right now,” O’Brien said.”"
In four games this season Colvin has totaled 18 tackles in his first year with the Texans after coming over from the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent the first four years of his career. The Texans have already struggled in their defensive backfield this season, so losing a player who is already in the lineup isn’t going to help matters as he works to recover from an ankle injury.
• Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press (via The Monitor) had an article on how the Texans have more work to do following their win this past Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Rieken quoted O’Brien:
"“There’s a lot of things that we need to correct, but when you come out of that game with a win, there’s a lot of things that you can look at that you can build on,” coach Bill O’Brien said.”"
The Texans played decent on Sunday and though it took until the final seconds of overtime they still were good enough to gain the win. Again, the offensive line really needs to get on track and not let Watson be sacked seven times in a game ever again. At the pace Watson is getting hit, it will be tough to see him being able to stay on the field for all 16 games of the regular season.
• Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported on how Will Fuller and Lamar Miller are “banged up” as both were injured against the Colts. Wilson wrote the following:
"“Wide receiver Will Fuller aggravated his hamstring and is a question mark for a Sunday night game against the Dallas Cowboys.”"
If Fuller is unable to play on Sunday night that will be a major hit to the Texans. Fuller has 17 receptions for 263 yards and three touchdowns in two games played this season. Fuller has become a strong and important part of the Texans offense and if he’s not able to play look for more from Keke Coutee in some manner, which means DeAndre Hopkins is going to have to stand out even more than usual.
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The Texans finally have things going in the right direction with a win, and a huge part of that is Watt and his play the past two games.
He’s been vintage Watt and if he’s able to do that the rest of the NFL better watch out because when Watt is at the top of the game quarterbacks have many sleepless nights, or at least they should.