Matthews didn't get to show off his predator celebration as he was held without a sack, but still found ways to impact the game. Matthews got three hits on the quarterback and looked great in run defense. While his stats weren't great, Matthews completely dictated the start of the game.
Perry got hurt early in the second quarter and didn't return to the game. The injury didn't look good, but official word should come tomorrow or later in the week. Before the injury, Perry was doing a fine job.
Hawk continued to build on his great year with another solid performance. Hawk led the team with 10 total tackles and came up with a big sack. He got beat in the passing game for a big completion, but overall, Hawk played a very good game.
Smith also got hurt in the second quarter, but a few minutes later. Smith was playing well and came up with some big tackles early on the game.
Jones was called on to fill-in at inside linebacker after Smith went out with his knee injury. Jones did a serviceable job, limiting the Texans' productivity in the middle of the field. Jones will be called on to have a bigger role if Smith's injury is serious.
Among the backup linebackers, Francois had the biggest impact with his play on special teams. He absolutely lit up the ball carrier on the game's opening kickoff and got done on coverage units every time.