Foster and the Texans Look to Bounce Eagles at Lincoln Field in Quest for Playoffs

The (5-6) Houston Texans have arrived from their bus trip into Philadelphia and are set for their match-up tomorrow night against the (7-4) Eagles.  The are more than a few story lines for tomorrow night’s game, including the Texans looking to avoid getting bullied yet again by another NFC East opponent, the reunion of former Falcons’ quarterbacks Michael Vick and Matt Schaub, Schaub is from outside Philadelphia, the Eagles are motivated after the Bears loss, Arian Foster looks to continue his impressive season, and the Texans vie for a potential 9-7 playoff shot.

The Philadelphia Eagles are the league’s second best offense, shining with a load of talent.  They are averaging 399 yards per game, and have the league’s most exciting quarterback in Michael Vick.  Running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy has been a steady back for the team, and more of an improvement than the late-Eagle, Brian Westbrook.  Wide receiver DeSean “The Real” Jackson is one of the league’s fastest receiving weapons.  He can light it up on special teams, as well as the long bomb.  Vick and Jackson have a natural repoirtoire together, as does he with Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant.  Additionally, the Eagles have beginning to use two tight end sets, powered by Brent Celek and back up tight end Clay Harbor.  With all of this talent, if the Eagles’ offense is prepared for Thursday night, they will definitely have their chances all night long to light up the Texans’ defense, even coming off their confident 20-0 shutout against the Tennessee Titans.

The Texans’ offense ranks seventh overall in the league and averages 367 yards per game.  Arian Foster’s the leagues number one running back in terms of touchdowns (12) and yardage (1,147).  Matt Schaub ranks ninth in the league in passing with an average of 250 yards per game.  He has 15 touchdowns on the season.  Andre Johnson will be in uniform and he’ll be lit up to be on primetime to show America what he’s really known for: catching footballs. Last week against the Bears’ offense that came into the game ranked third last in offense, the Eagles surrendered and 349 offensive yards.  Additionally, they didn’t register one pick against the interception-prone Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler (understatement).  Additionally, Matt Forte, the Bears running back who only had 567 yard coming into the game, ran for 117 yards.  Many compare Forte to Foster, but Foster will have a chance to separate himself from those comparisons come tomorrow night.

The game looks to be an offensive slug-fest with both teams’ defenses struggling on the season.  The Eagles are definitely looking to turn it around after their Bears loss, but the Texans are even more stoked about shutting out their opponent in their best defensive game yet this season.  As of right now, the Eagles are looking to keep battling for their second division win in three seasons.  Currently, they are first in the NFC East.  They are a 3-2 home team; where as the Texans’ Matt Schaub is better off on the road than home, statistically.  The Texans are tied for third, or last, in the AFC South, but the team is only a game back from the tied for first/second place Colts and Titans.  This game is crucial for the Texans as we know them.  Just reported by NFL’s Around the League, the Texans may be considering head coach Kubiak’s job on the line with former Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Bill Cowher being interested in coaching under Texans’ owner Bob McNair.


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