While there are a few question marks regarding your 2017 Houston Texans, none of them have anything to do with the front seven.
J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney, D.J. Reader, Brian Cushing and Zach Cunningham.
Those are names every sportscaster who calls a Texans game this season should familiarize themselves with, as they’ll be calling them out early and often.
With the first game coming up fast at NRG Stadium, fans should be getting excited as well. While the Jacksonville Jaguars do have the latest back to be compared to a young Adrian Peterson in Leonard Fournette, the rest of Jacksonville’s offense is probably losing a lot of sleep this week.
This game marks the first time Watt and Clowney have gone into a season opener at 100%. It’s also the first game after the worst natural disaster to ever hit Texas in Hurricane Harvey. To say the Texans’ defense is fired up and ready to wreak their own havoc in Houston, this time on the Jaguars, is putting it mildly.
Rookie Cam Robinson, a player many of us wanted landing here in Houston, might be the brightest spot on Jacksonville’s offensive line. After him, their depth chart reads like a who’s who of guys waiting to get embarrassed by the three-headed monster of Watt-Clowney-Mercilus.
On the other side of the ball, the Jags have a bit more star power, but the chemistry hasn’t mixed together in a live season game yet. That may be enough for Tom Savage, DeAndre Hopkins, D’Onta Foreman and the rest of Houston’s playmakers to put it in the end zone a few times.
A.J. Bouye will most likely make a key play against the Houston offense he practiced against for the last several years, but his disconnection from the Crennel-Vrabel super computer will also make itself known. Nnamdi Asomugha 2.0?
We can also expect our beloved Texans special teams to be special… in the “Bless their hearts, aren’t they special?” kind of way. But new blood kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn should give the Texans better starting field position and allow the Bill O’Brien All Field Goal Offense ® ™ to put points on the board when the Rick Smith We Don’t Need No Stinking Blockers ® ™ offensive line can’t get it done.
Expect the first game of the 2017 Houston Texans campaign to get ugly early before the defense takes over and wins this one for all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in resounding fashion. Even if J.J. Watt must score the go-ahead touchdown himself.
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