2. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans
The question for this weekend when the Houston Texans face the Tennessee Titans is how do the Texans stop the force that is wide receiver A.J. Brown of the Titans?
Brown has played in just two games this season (half of the games played by the Titans this season), and in his most recent game this past Tuesday he was a dominant force against the previously-undefeated Buffalo Bills. In that 42-16 win, Brown totaled seven receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. For the season, he has 12 receptions in two games for 121 yards and the one score.
After missing a couple games due to injury, the return of Brown this past Tuesday is probably a sign of things to come, and if the Buffalo defense had issues slowing Brown down, what expectations should everyone have for the secondary of the Texans against him?
Sunday will be a nice way to evaluate just how good the secondary — especially the cornerbacks — is when they face tough competition like the Titans. Brown will most likely draw coverage from Bradley Roby, and this season he’s allowed 16 receptions on 23 targets and has a 66.8 grade from Pro Football Focus.
For the Texans to win this game, they can’t let Ryan Tannehill and Brown beat the secondary, because if they get on a roll, it could be a long day for the secondary of Houston.