September 23, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown (76) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Week 5 – Texans At 49'ers: What To Watch For?

If the Ravens loss was terrible, the Seahawks loss was devastating. Now coming off two straight losses, the schedule doesn’t get any easier as the Texans travel to San Francisco. Let’s take a look at what to watch for in today’s Texans – 49′ers game.

 

  • Duane Brown – Though Ryan Harris performed as well as we could have expected in Brown’s absence, Brown’s return is certainly welcomed by Texans fans and Matt Schaub. Brown is an All-Pro talent and a very dependable blocker on Schaub’s blindside.
  • Ben Jones – With the return of one lineman, another one goes down. Brandon Brooks will be out with turf toe and Ben Jones will replace him in the lineup. Brooks has struggled a bit in pass protection this season but has been great in the run game. Jones started a bit last season and looked good at times. Jones will have a big matchup with the 49′ers front-seven and will need to be on his A-game to protect his quarterback.
  • Colin Kaepernick – Both Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are similar quarterbacks so that gives the Texans a bit of an advantage when game planning for the 49′ers. The Texans did a great job, pre-Cushing injury, of making sure Wilson wasn’t able to run all over the Texans. The same applies today for Kaepernick. If the Texans can keep containment on Kaepernick for a full game, it may lead to another successful day for the Texans defense.
  • Aerial Attack – When looking at both team’s stats from their first four games, one stat stands out from the others. The Texans and 49′ers are both great at running the ball and defending the run, but the Texans have the advantage in the air. The Texans average 76 more yards in the air, and allow 46 less passing yards than the 49′ers. The Texans have great receiving talent and two great cornerbacks which should give them the advantage in today’s game.

 

Will the Texans drop to under .500 in a primetime Sunday night matchup? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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