I can’t even be upset anymore. Once the playoff hopes left (around week 9) everything became a lot more relaxing about the season. Now when they lose to teams like the Jaguars it’s a lot easier to just move on. This week we get the Patriots in what should likely be a Patriots blowout, but hey, you just never know with this Texans team. Let’s take a look at “what to watch for” in today’s Texans/Patriots game.
12:00 PM CT, December 1st, 2013
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
- Texans Running Backs - Ben Tate hasn’t found much success running the ball since taking over for Arian Foster. Tate’s style isn’t much of a fit in Houston’s zone-blocking scheme, plus Tate’s four cracked ribs haven’t helped his cause. Dennis Johnson has been much better in the last few games and should see an increased workload.
- Chris Jones - It pains me to add this, but I had too. Jones was drafted by the Texans in the 6th round this past April but was cut before the Texans. Jones has excelled replacing Vince Worfolk, and already has five sacks on the season. But yea, the Texans didn’t need him!
- Texans Secondary – Kareem Jackson is expected to suit up against the Patriots which gives the secondary a nice boost. Both Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are matchup problems for many teams. It will be interesting to see how the Texans play the matchups with Brady’s favorite targets.
- Andre Johnson – Andre Johnson needs just eight catches to become the second fastest receiver to 900 receptions in his career. Though Johnson faces Aqib Talib, one of the toughest cornerbacks in the league, the Texans may be forced to throw the ball often, especially if they’re down late in the game.