March 22, 2018

Sunday Primer: 3 Things to Watch

Finally! Game day is upon us and the Houston Texans are set to open their 2012 season against the Miami Dolphins. Much anticipation is growing around the city of Houston and it feels like Reliant Stadium is going to be the place to be.

The Texans are set to defend their AFC South crown and, with bigger goals in the back of the team’s minds, it could have the making for a big season. The AFC South championship banner is set to be dropped and a celebration of the Texans’ 10 year anniversary as a franchise is also on tap, with former Texans tightend Billy Miller set to be a honorary captain on Sunday.

There are plenty of activities happening that do not pertain to the game itself and the Texans have to make sure their focus is on the Miami Dolphins.


Quick Hitters

Charles Christy covered the players to watch against the Miami Dolphins.

Claire sat down and talked the Miami Dolphins with Dolphins NYC to find out more about them and what they might bring on Sunday.

A select group of writers got together to discuss the Texans at the Roundtable.

Also, on Friday the Texans’ 2012 captains were selected by the team.



3 Things To Watch vs. the Dolphins

1. Hopefully running back Arian Foster is ready to go, he is currently listed as a game time decision (Knee). Foster will have the chance to join Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson on Sunday for the first time since week 4 of the 2011 season. In 2011, the three were only on the field together for 45 plays the entire season and, despite that stat, the Texans had their best season as a franchise. If the Texans can keep these three healthy, the sky is the limit for the offense and it starts against the Dolphins. All three depend on each other for their own personal success and having all three on the field at one time will be a great site to see.

2. Starting outside linebacker Brooks Reed suffered a hip injury in a non-contact drill during the week and signs are pointing to him not playing on Sunday. He will be worked out pregame to see if he can make it a go and with Bryan Braman also on the shelf with a hamstring injury, the outside linebacker corps is all of a sudden thin. Expect Whitney Mercilus and Jesse Nading to be playing plenty of snaps if Reed is out on Sunday.

3. J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing and Shaun Cody are set to rejoin the defense and it will be the first considerable game action of the year for all three. Conditioning could be an issue for these three and each with their injuries that they are all coming off of is also something to watch. Watt will have an arm brace and we will have to see if Cody’s back and Cushing’s ribs will hold up. If the trio can put together a solid game, expect some big things from the Texans defense this Sunday.



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