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Minnesota Vikings vs Houston Texans: Preseason Week 4 Live Score, Analysis

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 25:   Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans is tackled by  Cameron Jordan #94 of the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterAugust 30, 2012

It's time to put a bow on the preseason and get down to the games that actually matter.

The Houston Texans head into the 2012 NFL season with plenty of question marks, at least on the offensive side of the ball. No one really knows how much longer Andre Johnson is going to be able to do his thing out on the field, and the knocks he's taken during training camp and preseason games indicate that he may not ever be the dominant receiver he once was. 

The departures of Eric Winston and Mike Briesel left the right side of the Texans offensive line somewhat depleted. 

But Arian Foster and Ben Tate—the NFL's top rushing tandem last year—are both back in the fold, and both should provide the kind of ground firepower the Texans will need to live up to their billing as the favorites to win the AFC South.

With all of that in mind, it's time to get ready for some real football. We're almost there.

One thing to watch for in the final preseason game: Quarterbacks John Beck and Case Keenum will vie for what will be, for all intents and purposes, a spot on the Texans practice squad. Beck might be able to secure a third-string QB role with a lights-out game here, but it's very likely he'll be cut, with Keenum awarded a spot on the practice squad.

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