After a 2-0 start the Texans have lost four in a row and head to Arrowhead Stadium to face off against the undefeated Chiefs. Just last week the Chiefs broke a record for loudest fans in an outdoor stadium. The Texans will need to play a near-perfect game if they want to hand the Chiefs there first loss of the season. Let’s take a look at what to watch for in today’s Texans – Chiefs game.
- Case Keenum - Keenum makes his NFL debut and there’s not a tougher situation he could have been placed in. There’s been a lot of positive talk on Keenum all week long but he’ll be put up to a big time test today. Keenum has to face a great Chiefs defense, with the Texans reeling, and on the road against an undefeated team. No pressure!
- Pass-rush - The Chiefs front-seven is outstanding and they are coming off a 10-sack performance against the Raiders last week. Keenum is more mobile than Schaub but even he may have a difficult time escaping the likes of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Duane Brown and Derek Newton/Ryan Harris will need to be on top of their game to give Keenum as much time as possible.
- D.J. Swearinger – Another Texans player starting his first career game on Sunday, Swearinger is replacing Daniel Manning in the lineup. Swearinger’s skill-set matches that of Manning so the Texans decided to give him the opportunity of Shiloh Keo. Swearinger’s first test at running back is Jamal Charles. Good luck!
- J.J. Watt – Watt had been outproducing his 2012 season this season but took a step back against the Rams. The Rams sent many double teams and ran away from Watt which gave the Rams offense much success. Watt delivered a short and quick 75-second press conference on Wednesday stating that the Texans need to focus on work and not words. Watt hates loosing and a four-game skid will likely have him fired up big time.
Will the Texans drop their fifth straight game or will they move to head into the bye with a bit of momentum? Sound off in the comments below!