The Houston Texans come into the 2013 regular season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl and will start the run to the ultimate prize on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers.
The league is writing off the Chargers this season as the franchise moves to a new head coach in Mike McCoy and new offensive and defensive systems. While San Diego has the talent to exceed expectations, Houston is one of the most talented teams in the NFL.
Led by the elite rushing attack of halfback Arian Foster and the passing crusade of Matt Schaub, the Texans will thrive in Week 1. Add in Houston’s elite defensive unit, and there is no doubt that this will be a one-sided game.
This is a Monday night battle fans don’t want to miss.
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
When: Monday, Sept. 9 at 10:15 p.m. ET
Listen: Online at NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line (via Covers): Over/Under: 44, Spread: San Diego (+4)
Texans Injuries: (via ESPN)
Ed Reed, S, Questionable (hip)
Garrett Graham, TE, Probable (hip)
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Probable (concussion)
Arian Foster, RB, Probable (calf)
Chargers Injuries: (via ESPN)
Manti Te'o, LB, Out (foot)
Corey Liuget, DE, Probable (shoulder)
Eddie Royal, WR, Probable (head/lung)
Malcom Floyd, WR, Probable (knee)
Top Storyline: How Explosive is Houston’s Offense?
Whether it’s a loss by a few points or an utter blowout, the consensus is that the Chargers will take a loss in Week 1. The main focus from fans will be on just how explosive this Houston offensive unit will be in 2013.
The Texans are expected to be Super Bowl contenders in the AFC and how the team plays Monday will be a huge first step on the road to glory. With questions surrounding Foster’s current injury and declining numbers, the veteran running back must respond with a big statistical day and the pass attack must support him.
Quarterback Matt Schaub has not proved himself to be elite thus far in his career. With Foster catching the ball out of the backfield, Andre Johnson healthy out wide and rookie DeAndre Hopkins acting as a viable complement on the other side of the field, the stage has been set for Schaub to prove the critics wrong and lead his team deep into the postseason.
That road to the Super Bowl starts in San Diego against a Chargers team that Houston must dominate.
Over the course of the season, the San Diego Chargers will begin to take form under McCoy and should look solid to end the season, but the opening weeks of the season will be tumultuous.
Houston is too good to not take advantage and steal the victory.
Quarterback Philip Rivers and running back Ryan Mathews will get the Chargers a few points Monday night, but the Texans will blow out this final game of Week 1 and show the national audience what kind of team they have in Houston.
This will be a one-sided battle highlighted by the Texans' offensive explosion.
Final Score: Houston 37, San Diego 13