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Johnson’s return key to Texans’ chances

                      Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson 

Early this season, the Houston Texans were a team to be reckoned with, offensively.  But then , bad luck struck.  Wide receiver Andre Johnson went down with a knee injury which has kept him out for seven weeks.  As a result, the Texans, collectively as a team, suffered the consequences.  They didn’t, for a spell, have a genuine “go-to” guy to throw the ball to, save for WR Andre Davis for a couple weeks.

But fortunately for the Texans, Johnson has returned, which is nothing but good news for Houston.  His presence automatically makes the Texans’ passing game that much better, which in turn should make the running attack better, which in return makes the passing game better.  In other words – the team is now full circle and ready to rock.

Houston was 2-0 with Johnson in the lineup while going 2-5 without him, so you can see the importance of having him back in the lineup.  This development should make some teams – both inside and outside the AFC South – very nervous.  And this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints at Reliant Stadsium should serve as a sort of litmus test as to how Johnson’s knee holds up.

Houston will be going up against the Saints’ secondary this Sunday – New Orleans is ranked #29 against the pass – so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see starting quarterback Matt Schaub throw often to Johnson.  But regardless of the end result of this matchup, having Johnson back in the regular lineup for the Texans should only improve things for the team.

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