The Houston Texans are gearing up for their 4th game of the season and looking to improve their record to 3 and 1, but one of the NFC's top teams in the Seattle Seahawks are coming to Reliant. There are plenty of story lines heading into this game and plenty of negative thoughts surrounding the Texans.
Here are some key players to watch on Sunday for the Texans.
Texans to Watch
It is no secret all eyes are on the Texans quarterback on Sunday and the game will once again go through him. His interceptions have been the biggest issue for the offense, and two of this four interceptions have gone for touchdowns. The mistakes he is making in his 7th season with the team are mind numbing at times and Sunday was no different with his interception throw. He has been playing some sub-par football dating back to late last season and including the playoffs. This will be no easy task with the secondary the Seahawks boast and it will be critical to keep the mistakes to a minimum. The critics are out on the leader of the offense, only his play will silence them and getting a win against the Seahawks could prove big for this team.
If there is anytime to unleash your best runningback, now would be the time. Foster has not been given the chance to work on the field and it is setting back the offense in the process. There is no mistake that Foster is the player who needs the football in his hands, and he gets better as the game goes on. Foster can make defenders miss in the open field and is a threat in the passing game. It looks like Kubiak is trying to limit his carries early to make sure he is ready to go late in the season and in the post season. After a heavy workload in 2012, limiting Foster early could provide some big results later in the season.
He has only given up six catches all season, but they all have come with big plays on the other side. If it was a 3rd down completions or one of the two touchdown catches he has surrendered, McCain has been a weak spot for the team. It has been a mixed bag for McCain, who in 2011 was a complete player from the slot cornerback position. Expectations were high after the Texans resigned him and he did not hit the free agency market, but he has been anything but consistent in coverage. Missed tackles has been a big culprit for his issues and he is missing the speed that made him successful early in his career. McCain is a vital piece for the Texans defense and with as much time the Texans spend in the dime he is almost like another starter for the defense. Only three games into the season his struggles are evident, but knowing he has produced before has left some hope for him to pick up his play.
Mericlus has picked up his play of late and has actually showed some pass rush ability from their base 3-4 defense. He has also improved his run game defense and his early start to the season success has been quiet for the most part. There were questions on what Mercilus would bring to the Texans without any preseason work and he has impressed from week one. With Seahawks offensive tackle Russel Okung out, it will up to Mercilus to contain and hit Russell Wilson when he can. With the mobility of Wilson, Mercilus will have to be on top of his game to produce for the Texans.
Not getting Daniels involved in the offense ends up being a bigger issue when it comes time to move the football, and with a stout Seahawks secondary coming to town his production will be key. Daniels is Schaub's security blanket over the middle and last week he was taken out of the game plan by the Ravens. Getting him the football will only make it easier for the Texans later in the game to take their shots to Johnson and Hopkins. With the outside presence of the wide receivers, Daniels has a chance for better matchups against linebackers and safeties to make some big plays.