Texans: Matchups to watch in each of the ’22 regular season games

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Week 10 (HOU @ NYG): Derek Stingley Jr. vs. Kayvon Thibodeaux

Who will get the most out of their top-5 pick over the next five years? Will Texans fans leave this game wondering if they selected the right guy at No. 3 overall? You can bet these guys will be under the microscope all night, because many also wanted the Texans to work on their pass rush by selecting Kayvon Thibodeaux, who instead will be rushing Texans quarterback Davis Mills.

Week 11 (WAS @ HOU): Texans DBs vs. Carson Wentz

There isn’t much glitz and glamor to this game, but I am sure the Texans did not appreciate Carson Wentz (as a member of the Colts) dropping 31 points on them twice in 2021. I am also sure the Texans defensive backs will be chomping at the bit to shut the new Commanders quarterback down.

Week 12 (HOU @ MIA): Derek Stingley Jr. vs. Tyreek Hill

This is another big matchup for Stingley as Tyreek Hill has proved uncoverable thus far in his career. Stingley flouted elite speed and fluidity in his Pro Day workout, hopefully it will translate to on-the-field results in the NFL. This is a must-see matchup for Week 12.

Week 13 (CLE @ HOU): The Texans Fans vs. Deshaun Watson

Regrettably, this game is not in primetime as Deshaun Watson will step onto the Texans field at NRG Stadium for the first time in a Browns uniform. His final season and departure from Houston was messy, disappointing, and unpleasant for the city and franchise. Don’t expect a pleasant welcome from the fans in NRG Stadium.

Week 14 (HOU @ DAL): Texans WRs vs. Dallas WRs

Maybe I am being idealistic, but I predict a gunslinging shootout in Arlington. Brandin Cooks and John Metchie III take on CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup for what predicts to be a high scoring battle. Maybe Metchie III can ask DeAndre Hopkins to teach him that spin move?