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Texans Coming Back for Saints Game

Andre Davis (11) scores a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter during their NFL football game in Oakland, Calif.,

WR Andre Johnson and QB Matt Schaub will be back for the Texans-Saints game in Houston.  Johnson, who sprained his knee in week 2, returns to an offense that desperately missed the Pro Bowl receiver’s playmaking abilities.  In a way, Johnson led the Texans to their first two wins, but his absence has dragged the Texans to 4-5 and last in the AFC South Division.  The loss of an important WR leads to more defensive opponents stopping the rush while still being able to cover the 2nd or 3rd string WRs on play action or designed pass plays because the receivers behind playmaker, like Johnson, do not have the abilities worth game planning around to stop the Texans.  Schaub could still be accurate but he couldn’t expand his talents with Kevin Walter and Andre Davis catching his passes.  Besides Walter and Davis’ spurts, the Texans have not had a receiver who can be counted upon like Andre Johnson.  In the Texans first two games this season, Johnson had 14 receptions for 262 yards.   WR Kevin Walter currently leads the Texans today with 43 receptions for 545 yards and only 1 TD.  That’s in 9 games. 

Johnson will definitely help the Texans offense against a weak Saints secondary that ranks 29th in the NFL while their opponents average over 250 yards per game in the air.  And the Saints haven’t exactly played top offenses, the only one being Indianapolis in week one.  There, Manning put up 288 yards and three passing touchdowns.  Kubiak should have his offense, and especially Matt Schaub, ready for an aerial assault on the Saints secondary.  So far, in 8 games for Schaub, he has7 interceptions and 5 touchdowns.  These numbers should even out and improve as the season goes on with healthy receivers.

Furthermore, it looks as if Fred Bennett will be starting at CB opposite to either DB Von Hutchins or DB Petey Faggins.  Hutchins has done well for the Texans, registering a sack in their last game against Oakland’s Josh McCown.  Faggins has had a rollercoaster season, but can’t seem to peak as the Texans’ opponents have been striking against his questionable coverage.  S Will Demps will most likely beat out S Michael Boulware for the safety spot that Hutchins leaves open as he takes a CB spot. 

Ahman Green will most likely be on the injury report, and there are no reports about his meeting with Dr. James Andrews on his knee. 

The Saints lost last week to the Rams but Reggie Bush still put the Rams to the test all game long.  He had one touchdown and scored two 2point conversions.  Brees will need to be rushed in the pocket to keep him from running outside and/or finding an open receiver, and that means the TE’s too.  TE Eric Johnson is progressing well, while ex-Texan, Billy Miller scored a TD against the Rams.

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One Response to “Texans Coming Back for Saints Game”

  1. Jesse says:

    Green aka Batman will be limited in practice on Thursdays and Fridays, and Kubiak says Green’s meeting with Dr. Andrews gave them what it is. He’ll be bothered with this injury this season.

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