Texans To Watch: Jaguars Edition
Patrick D. Starr
The Houston Texans are coming off a big win and are in a prime spot to go 3-0 in the division for the first time in franchise history. With the Jacksonville Jaguars coming to Reliant on Sunday, the Texans have to be careful not to fall into the infamous trap game after the big win by the Jaguars on Monday night.
The Texans will be put to the test against the Jaguars new look defense who are currently 6th in the NFL in total defense and 8th in scoring defense. The Texans are going to have to have a good offensive showing to slow down the Jaguars defense.
Here are some Texans players who could prove important in the outcome of Sunday's game.
Owen Daniels- One of the top receiving tight ends in the NFL, Daniels can help keep the Jaguars linebackers on their heels if he can get some early catches in the game. His ability to help Matt Schaub get comfortable early in the passing game, could prove huge for the Texans to have a fast start. With such good corners in Rashean Mathis and Drew Coleman, Daniels will have to be a threat in the middle of the field in the passing game.
Matt Schaub- Schaub had a great showing in last week's game against the Titnas and is at his best when he throws the ball around the 25 times a game mark. Schaub is a top 10 quarterback statistically in 2011, but only has 4 wins to show for it. He can help the Texans with their goal of a division title with another win against a division opponent.
Troy Nolan- Forced into action because of the injury to Danieal Manning, the playmaking Troy Nolan will be in the spotlight. Manning has provided a sure tackler and ball hawk in the middle of the field for the Texans, and Nolan must step into the same spot and provide a spark. Nolan has shown that he can be a playmaker and in 23 games he has 3 career interceptions, expect Nolan in positions to succeed. The most important thing for Nolan, starting now, is to be a sure tackler.
Brian Cushing- One of the most consistent Texans in 2011 will be matched up with Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, and expect collisions often during the game. Cushing looks like he did in 2009, and expect nothing less from him on Sunday, and ready to lead the defense.
Antonio Smith- He could have a big game when the Jaguars drop back with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Silent with sacks the last two games, Smith could get back on track this Sunday. He has been stout against the run and look for him to cause some disruptions against the Jaguars offense in the backfield.