Houston Texans 2018 season starts with a tough matchup and high expectations against the New England Patriots this Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Now Houston’s J.J. Watt, DeShaun and head coach Bill O’Brien have built a solid young team. Texans have the chance to be one of the most exciting teams in the league this season but here Watson could be a difficult first test for the Patriots defense.
According to OddsShark.com Pats are six point favorites and Texans is set at 50.5 into their opening game which is the highest of the week 1. 2017 NFL season New England’s Tom Bredy crushed Texans in the last minute touchdown by 36-33 in Week 3 was one of the best games of the last season and this should be a good game for many fantasy players.
It is the sixth time that the Patriots face the Texans in the last four years. The Patriots have been absent for the past 217 days and are playing their first useful super bowl game this Sunday. They will be playing the Texans led by Bill O’Brien at the Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium.
The Texans are bouncing back from a disappointing year where their entire starting lineup was nursing injuries. Presently, they boast a young and electric quarterback in Deshaun Watson. Texans did possess a first or second round to play due to their last two quarterbacks. Despite the mentioned mishaps, the Texans are always a tough team to play especially when their defense is fit.
In Deshaun Watson, Patriots will probably dominate Bill O’Brien’s Texans if history is anything to consider. Watson took the starting role at Patriots halfway through week one last year from the undeserving Tom Savage. Since then, he has become a starting member of this team. Before his injury in training last year November, Watson was on the way to scooping the offensive rookie of the year.
The upcoming match will be merely over ten months since the horrific injury. Considering how he performed during the preseason, Watson seems fit, but we should not entirely do away with the human injury. Watson is still capable of making the difference, and the Patriots will fully utilize him at the quarterbacks.
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Game Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. ET
TV channel: CBS
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Last year, the Texans Offensive line was miserable, and Nick Martin is the only member of the line that was on the lineup week 3 and will start as a center on Sunday. The replacements brought in by the Texans did not bring the desired confidence. Julien Davenport is starting at left tackle, and Seantrel Henderson who has not started a game since 2015 is playing at right tackle. At guard, the team is starting unknown players in Senio Kelemete and Zach Fulton.
The Texans failed to upgrade their offensive players in the summer and will be lining up with Lamar Miller, Ryan Griffin, Will Fuller, and DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans fifth offensive player should not be a danger to the Patriot’s defense following the apologies of Keke Coutee, Jordan Akins, Tyler Ervin, and Sammie Coates. The Texans have performed a change at defensive coordinator as Vrabel is coaching the Titans, but the play should be similar.
In last year’s game, Dwayne Allen and James Develin played a combined fifty percent of defensive snaps. This Sunday, the number should be close to a hundred percent, and the Patriots need to take advantage of Clowney and Mercilus to cover and run the play in their defense base. The Patriots will still chip Clowney and Watt on the edges, and it is preferable to utilize Allen here. Although the Texans defense has improved of late, the Patriots should consider taking advantage of this. During the off-season, Texans signed Tyrann Mathieu to help in defense. It will be interesting to see how Mathieu and cornerback Kareem Jackson play alongside one another.
Lastly, the Texans have not been a top performer team over the decades, and we anticipate how they will perform this season after parting ways with their coach, Larry Izzo. It is early to predict, but the Patriots should be in a position of outplaying them. It’s awaited that there will be plenty of scoring drives from both sides.
Patriots with an 78 percent chance of winning.
Tom Brady: 240 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interception
Patriots 24, Texans 17