The Houston Hook: Texans preseason finale could feel like a regular-season game

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The Houston Hook will take a look at the Houston Texans preseason finale against Tampa Bay, plus discuss the AFC South.

The Houston Texans preseason finale has arrived with them facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NRG Stadium. Though this is a preseason game, it still has a lot to offer as players are battling for roster spots and their NFL careers, plus the Super Bowl champions are planning to play their starters for at least a half.

Texans head coach David Culley talked this week about how he wants to see more from his offense moving forward, including working on fixing mental mistakes in plays as they prepare for Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the regular-season opener in September.

By hosting the Buccaneers on Saturday night, this preseason game is their biggest test yet as the reigning Super Bowl champions have brought back nearly their entire team from the championship season, and that includes quarterback Tom Brady.

Not only does Texans general manager Nick Caserio have a connection with Brady from their time together with the New England Patriots, but the Texans had a bit of a rivalry with Brady too when he was in New England.

The Texans finally overcame Brady in December 2019 when Houston finally defeated Brady and the Patriots 28-22, that game was a big moment for the Houston Texans franchise as they showed they could defeat the “GOAT” Brady.

That was a different time now, and the Texans aren’t the same at quarterback, and Brady has a pirate flag on his helmet now days, but the respect still has to be there when facing a seven-time Super Bowl champion winning quarterback.

This game will be fun to watch and see not only happens with the champion Buccaneers making an appearance, but seeing which Houston Texans players can excel make a name for themselves as they work to rebuild the franchise.

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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Josh Hill of has a reactions article from the Jaguars trading quarterback Gardner Minshew this weekend. Jacksonville traded the QB to the Philadelphia Eagles for a ’22 sixth-round pick. This trade was all but coming, but it will be interesting to see how the QB is used in Philly with Jalen Hurts as their current starter. If nothing else, Minshew is a solid backup option.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Jerry Trotta of Horseshoe Heroes wrote about the “incredible play” of quarterback Sam Ehlinger as he shared a tweet of the play in the article. The Colts are waiting for Carson Wentz to heal up for the regular season, but until then, go watch the play by Ehlinger.

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TENNESSEE TITANS: Geoffrey Knox of Titan Sized has 10 preseason predictions for Saturday when the Tennessee Titans take on the Chicago Bears in their preseason finale. Houston doesn’t face Tennessee until Nov. 21 in Nashville.