Texans 6 Pack: Ravens Edition
Patrick D. Starr
The Houston Texans are back on the mend trying to correct a disastrous end to a disappointing loss to the Oakland Raiders last Sunday. The show must go on and the Texans will strap up against the 3-1 Baltimore Ravens.
As we know it will not be an easy game, but don't count the Texans out with their previous performance. This is the NFL and the Texans have shown they are a different team this year.
Here are 6 players for the Texans who can play a big part in the outcome against the Ravens.
1. Brooks Reed- The rookie will step into the spotlight against no tougher team in the NFL on Sunday. Reed is no Mario Williams, they are two totally different players, but he has shown flashes of good against the Raiders. Reed seems to be a better player when he can get into the flow of the game and he will get plenty of snaps against the Ravens.
2. Connor Barwin- Without Mario Williams out the outside pass rush falls into the hands of Barwin. Having 2 sacks to his credit, Barwin is going to have to up his game to another level. The coaches are convinced that Barwin is getting better with each week with him dropping in coverage, playing the run and rushing the passer. Barwin will be needed to provide some rush of the edge and put some hits on Joe Flacco.
3. Lawrence Vickers- Filling in for the game time decision James Casey, Vickers will be in old AFC North territory locking up with Ravens once again from his Cleveland Brown playing days. Vickers can make up for his dropped touchdown pass with a good showing against the Ravens. When he is in the game he will have a tough task controlling the likes of Ray Lewis, but there is no better option for a physical game like this.
4. Matt Schaub- In order to take control of his doubters, Matt Schaub needs to have a bounce back game and lead the Texans to a victory. It seems like Schaub has been out of his rhythm in the passing game and seems lost at times without Andre Johnson. He didn't make the play to be the Raiders, but he can erase all of those memories with a big win over the Ravens. Schaub needs to get back to his ways on being an accurate passer and gain confidence in his wide receivers once again.
5. Owen Daniels- The number one target for the Texans in the air, the ball needs to find Daniels hands early and often. Daniels has been hitting his stride since week three and is looking like a new and improved tight end. Expect Daniels to get more targets to add to his impressive start to the season.
6. Trindon Holliday- Brought back to take pressure off of Danieal Manning and Jacoby Jones so the two can concentrate on their respective position. Holliday will be thrown into the fire returning kicks and punts, speed is not the issue catching is. Holliday can provide a spark to the return game, but he needs to be smart and not try to do too much that might cause a mistake. Solid returns are all what the Texans need and taking one to the house wouldn't hurt either.
BonusDerrick Mason- How much he plays is not yet determined, but he is positive he will be on the field come Sunday. It would be nice to see him contribute in the passing game and help take pressure off of Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones. Mason is a crafty veteran who is looking to make a big statement against his old team.