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Houston Texans: What to Watch for in Preseason Game Action
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The Houston Texans open the 2014 preseason against the Arizona Cardinals this Saturday, Aug. 9, at University of Phoenix Stadium. The game features two teams that had entirely different experiences in 2013.

The Cardinals (10-6) placed third in the ultra-competitive NFC West, the division with the highest winning percentage (.656) in the league. They just missed out on the playoffs to the 11-5 New Orleans Saints.

The Texans (2-14) were two final-play wins away from becoming the second team in NFL history to compile an 0-16 record. The 10-win negative differential from their 12-4 mark in 2012 represents the worst single-season turnaround since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978.

Both clubs are anticipating better things for the upcoming campaign. To get there, they both need their quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Ryan Fitzpatrick, to continue resurrecting their careers.

But just like their teams, Fitzpatrick and the Texans have much further to go than Palmer and the Cardinals. What follows are the members of each Texans unit who will be the focus of attention during the course of the game.

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