Houston Texans: 5 Things to Expect in Week 2 Matchup at Miami
The Texans will look to improve their record to 2-0 this Sunday against the Dolphins in Miami.
Chad Henne greatly exceeded expectations, throwing for 416 yards and two touchdowns. Henne also ran for 56 yards and a score, making him the Dolphins leading rusher.
The Patriots may have an incredible offense, but their defense is vastly overrated. Henne and the Dolphins are in for a rude awakening in week two.
Wade Phillips is going to bring the pressure and make Henne uncomfortable, something the Patriots failed to do consistently.
Here are five things to expect this Sunday.
Huge Number from Matt Schaub
Schaub looked decent in week one, throwing for 220 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The stats tell one story, but the scoreboard another.
Schaub didn't hardly throw the ball in the second half thanks to a 34-0 halftime lead and the first interception wasn't his fault. Andre Johnson let a ball slip through his hands and into the hands of the defense; a rare siting for Texans fans.
Schaub won the game and at the end of the day that's all that matters.
That doesn't mean he won't look to bounce back with an impressive game in week two. There are few secondaries in the NFL that will struggle as much as the Dolphins this season.
As I said previous, they were completely shredded on Monday night and that shouldn't change this week.
Free safety Chris Clemons was a huge reason for Brady's success. Clemons struggled to cover anything, especially the deep ball. Frankly, he made average receivers look like future hall-of-famers.
Cornerback Vontae Davis is the best of the bunch, but he has nothing on Andre Johnson. Johnson will go to work.
The Dolphins can bring pressure with the likes of Cameron Wake and Karlos Dansby, but the Texans O-line is one of the best. Stop the pressure and the Texans will have a field day through the air.
Tom Brady had a shameful amount of time in the pocket on Monday night. Obviously Schaub isn't going to throw for 500+ yards and four touchdowns, but he will have one of this better games of the season.
Look for Schaub to throw for around 350 yards and a couple touchdowns in this one.
Mario Williams' Linebacker Coming out Party Part 2
Mario Williams had many doubters after switching to linebacker under Wade Phillip's new 3-4 scheme. He began the process of proving those doubters wrong and that won't change in week two.
Super Mario came out and sacked Kerry Collins on the fourth play of the game. The crowd went ballistic and Mario fed off it.
He finished the game with two sacks and a forced fumble while pressuring Collins all day. A great performance for his first game at the position.
This week will be even better. The Dolphins got off to a good start offensively in week one, containing the newly acquired Albert Haynesworth. But the Patriots quickly tired the Dolphins out and finished the game with four sacks.
The Houston Texans will bring the pressure and Williams will be the catalyst as always. Offensive tackles Marc Colombo and Richie Incognito are in for a long day.
Look for Williams to lead the Texans defense with three sacks and a handful of tackles. He will consistently make Chad Henne uncomfortable in the pocket, leading to multiple turnovers.
A Healthy Arian Foster Running All over the Field
Although Arian Foster practiced Wednesday there is still some uncertainty about his status for Sunday's game. This uncertainty is mostly created by the Houston Texans to make sure the Dolphins are unsure of his status.
Foster will play and he will dominate.
The Dolphins have a good front seven, but Foster and the Texans' offensive line is better. LT Duane Brown dominated Dwight Freeney so much that fans wondered if he was even playing.
He will likely do the same to Cameron Wake this week.
Ben Tate ran wild against the Colts and all I could think was, "man, if Foster was in this game right now, what would he be doing?" This Texans OL continues to improve and Foster will reap the benefits.
He should be ready to rock and roll on Sunday and he should impress.
Look for Foster to run for 120 yards and a score with limited second-half carries. He will catch five balls for 40 yards.
Not quite the 233 yard performance he had in week one last season, but enough to see the Texans seal a victory.
Ben Tate Is a Safe Bet for Your Fantasy Flex Spot
Second year rookie Ben Tate was fantastic in Arian Foster's absence in week one. He led the Texans with 122 yards rushing and a score.
With Derrick Ward injured this week and Foster coming off injury, Tate will have another great game against the Dolphins.
Foster is going to dominate in the first half and once the Texans find themselves ahead.
Kubiak will be reluctant to use him because of the tender hamstring. Tate will get the bulk of the carries in the second half and have another great game.
Tate fumbled late against the Colts and was really disappointed about it. The fumble ruined the Texans shutout, as it led to the Colts' only touchdown. I look for him to bounce back big in the week two game.
He won't be a huge fantasy player this week, but he will be more than adequate for your flex position. So if you have him put him in.
Tate will carry the ball 12 times for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Texans Will Win 31-24
The Texans will have a balanced attack on Sunday. They will run the ball early and go over the top often. The Dolphins are in for another tough day defensively.
I think Houston will have close to 500 yards of total offense and score 31 points. They will likely pull away early in the second half and force Henne to throw the ball often.
Henne won't be able to handle the Texans pass rush and will feel uncomfortable all day. It is unlikely he will look as good as he did in week one. It's time for a reality check.
I do think the Dolphins will score some points, though. They will have three touchdowns and a field goal. Brandon Marshall should have a good game and Reggie Bush will be great catching out of the backfield.
But it won't be enough for the Dolphins to steal a victory as their defense isn't good enough to stop Matt Schaub and the dominant Texans offense.
The Texans will be up 31-17 before the Dolphins score a meaningless touchdown near the end to finish the game 31-24.
The Texans will be 2-0, a great start to the 2011 season.