Houston Texans vs. Atlanta Falcons: Texans Preseason Week 2 Game Preview

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Houston Texans vs. Atlanta Falcons: Texans Preseason Week 2 Game Preview
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Every team in the NFL enters the preseason with questions that need to be answered.

How will the rookies adjust to the pro style? How will new free agents help the roster? How will a star player coming off an injury look in his return to the field? Did this weakness or that weakness from last year improve at all?

For nearly each question surrounding the Houston Texans going into the preseason, the answer was a loud and definitive no after the embarrassing loss to the Arizona Cardinals to open up their preseason schedule.

The offense was a mess, the secondary played awful and to label their execution as sloppy would be a severe understatement; the team had 13 penalties in Week 1.

The Atlanta Falcons come to NRG Stadium in Houston for the Texans' second preseason game and should provide a good test for the team as well as a nice measuring stick as another team who was very successful in 2012 but disappointed in 2013.

In particular I'll be watching for how well the Texans secondary plays against an explosive Falcons passing attack featuring Pro Bowl players Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Julio Jones. I'll go more into this particular matchup on a later slide.

Both teams want to replicate what the Kansas City Chiefs did last year as teams with talented rosters who struggled in one season but managed to bounce back a year after losing 10-plus games to win 10 or more games the following year.

The preseason isn't everything, but we should have a better view as to who is more capable of reaching that goal after Saturday.

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