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The Patriots have a top-10 run defense, so the Texans are going to have to pass at some point.
Unfortunately, they simply aren't built to exploit New England's great weakness. The Pats have a thin secondary and give up too many big plays to third and fourth wideouts.
That doesn't do the Texans much good.
They struggle to find two, let alone three quality receivers.
Part of the reason they struggle to score at the same rate as other elite teams is that they've been saddled with Kevin Walter as a second receiver.
Yes, Andre Johnson was his typical fantastic self, but after him, the yards dry up.
Owen Daniels should frolic against the Pats who struggle with tight ends, but four of the Texans' top six pass-catchers play positions other than wide receiver.
Walter did manage to stop his five-year trend of declining numbers by posting virtually the same stats in 2012 as 2011. Unfortunately for Houston, 2.6 catches and 32.4 yards a game isn't going to strike fear in the heart of any coordinator.
All year, fans have been waiting for someone to emerge as a third receiver, but the unholy triumvirate of DeVier Posey, Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean have combined for 22 catches and 323 yards.
In other words, all put together they don't total James Casey's production.
The big plays and points are going to have to come from someone. There will be a point in the game where someone gets single coverage and will be asked to make a big catch.
He'd better make it, or everyone can start setting tee times early.