March 18, 2018

The Rundown, Who To Watch in Game #1, The Colts

The Texans are one day away from game number one of the season against the Indianapolis Colts, and everything that has happen in the preseason is out the window. The games are worth something now and the Texans have every opportunity to make their mark of the AFC South and shoot for their first division title in team history. This Sunday I have pinpointed 6 players who we need to watch for, because these Texans will play a vital part in the outcome of the game. Here is my rundown of the important key players to Sunday’s game.



1. Derrick Ward (RB)- With Arian Foster listed a questionable going into Sunday’s game, the running game falls onto the shoulders of Derrick Ward, and it seems like Ward will handle most of the carries against the Colts. I think Ward is the proven veteran in the backfield, but with Ben Tate the fan favorite to take over as the backup, Ward holds the veteran presence to handle a situation like this. Ward right now has a better grasp of the pass protection schemes to help keep Matt Schuab upright with the Colts defense.  Expect Ward to set the tone early for the Texans, but Tate should be getting some carries too. Expect head coach Gary Kubiak to go with the hot hand late in the game.

2. James Casey (FB/TE)- One of the most interesting moves of the offseason, James Casey has taken to his new position better than expected. Not a devastating blocker, Casey will put the Colts in a tough situation when motioned out of the backfield to a receiver position. Casey adds another dimension to the Texans offense that will put the offense up another level from previous years. Casey will have plenty of catches on Sunday and help solidify Kubiak’s decision to move him to fullback.

3. The Offensive Tackles: Duane Brown and Eric Winston- This has been a constant in Colts and Texans history, Brown and Winston versus Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. This will be big for the Texans to hold Freeney and Mathis at bay, especially with the fact Peyton Manning is out. If Brown and Winston can give Matt Schuab time in the pocket expect a big offensive day from the offense. Freeney and Mathis both have caused issues for the Texans in the past and have made plays to end the Texans hopes late in games. Brown and Winston are coming back from what many people considered down years for them, Brown served a four game suspension and Winston looked like he took a step back as a player at right tackle. It will be a big day for the Texans tackles to show that 2010 was just a blip in the radar.


1. DeMeco Ryans- The Captain is back and is declared 100% for Sunday’s game. DeMeco Ryans will be back for the first time since his 2010 Achilles injury and will be working in a new defense. With not much work in the preseason, just the presence of having Ryans back with the defense brings an added confidence to the unit. He may have a full day on the inside because the Colts might be primed to try to run the ball to help take the pressure off of Kerry Collins.

2. Oustide Linebackers: Mario Williams, Connor Barwin, Brooks Reed and Brian Braman- All four of these players will be making their NFL debut at the outside linebacker position, and have the chance to have a big day facing the offensive tackles of the Colts,  Rookie Anthony Castonzo and second year player Jeff Linkenbach. The Texans showed how they can get to the quarterback during the preseason and can make an early impression on the AFC South if they can get to Collins and cause turnovers.

3. Johnathan Joseph- The biggest offseason acquisition in Texans history, Johnathan Joseph will be matched up against Reggie Wayne on Sunday. We will see if Joseph can shut down a half of a field and allow the Texans to become a real defense. With only one preseason game under his belt, Joseph will be ready to make an impact to a defense that needs a real shutdown corner. The confidence that he brings to the secondary is going to be evident, he is the first real corner the Texans have had since Aaron Glenn.

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