Redskins week 2 preview: Houston Texans
By Evan Bliss
Attention and excitement shifts from last week’s final-play victory over division nemesis Dallas to that other team in Texas, the Texans. Didn’t overthink the whole “team-naming thing” I suppose.
Oddly enough, the Skins have quite a bit in common with the Texans. Both see-saw between potential and inconsistency, talent and injury, and are coming off of big Week 1 wins against division rivals. Houston’s win over the Indy “You call him Dr. Jones” Colts probably being the bigger of the two. If both teams are vying for legitimacy, this game, yes a Week 2 game, is a must win.
Battle #1: LT Trent vs. RE Mario. Trent held his ground against Ware, he’ll need to do the same against Mario. Prediction: Williams wins this battle.
Battle #2: SS LaRon Landry vs. RB Arian Foster. Foster’s 3 TD 200+ yard performance earned him AFC Player of the Week. The 3-4 defense is built for the SS to wreak havoc, and Landry wants 30 tackles. Prediction: “Foster, Texan for bruised.”
Battle #3: FS Reed Doughty vs. QB Matt Schaub. More like a slaughter than a battle, Schaub’s ability to sell the play-action and Doughty’s ability to bite on it every time causes me great discomfort. Prediction: Kareem Moore starts at FS Week 3, healthy or not.
Battle #4: CB DeAngelo Hall vs. WR Dre Johnson. Big test for Hall, but both are playmakers and game changers. Too close to call, but Prediction: lots and lots of dirty smack talk.
Keys to the “V”: Control the line of scrimmage and win the turnover +/-.
*Portis needs to flash out of the gate, not in the locker room, and he’s gonna need some holes. LE Barwin’s out, OLB Cushing’s out, run right Clinton, run right.
*LBs hitting their gaps, getting to Foster behind the line of scrimmage then bringing him down. He’s a big boy that needs some wrapping up after the hit.
*D-Coordinator Haslett needs to call a schizophrenic game. Schaub’s not as comfortable with the 3-4, the more he has to think, the more he’s going to stink.
*12th Man. Hopefully the Skins didn’t get spoiled by their fans last week. Houston won’t get the reception Dallas did, nobody does, but the franchise hasn’t been around long enough for us to build up any meaningful disdain. Afternoon games are always quieter than night games because you can see the person to your left, and they might know someone you work with.
It’s a shame this is a Week 2 matchup. It’d be much better watching these two teams battle it out with the playoffs on the line, but it should still be a telling game of which team is the legit contender, and which team’s got a bit more growing pains to endure.
Washington wins this game, but they need to play 60 minutes of inspired and violent football for the second straight week. Seeing will be believing. HTTR!
Box Seats blogger
| September 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories: Evan Bliss, Redskins | Tags: Redskins-Texans
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