What are the keys for the Texans to build on their early momentum and earn a second straight preseason victory?
What To Expect Heading Into The Game
The Texans started off the 2022 preseason with a satisfying win over the Saints. Ending 17-13, It was a defensive battle that was capped off with third string Quarterback Jeff Driskel hitting undrafted rookie Johnny Johnson III in the endzone with twenty-five seconds remaining.
While the win was nice, the game was played almost entirely by backups, it was certainly disappointing to see Davis Mills only get to throw three passes. However in week two expect Mills and the other starters to get more playing time.
Normally coaches like to increase starters’ snaps gradually over each preseason game. Smith will do the same, “As far as the game, we’re going to play some of the guys a little bit more, but the third preseason game is when we’ll play the guys the most. I’m not going to get into how much every guy is going to play. We’ll show up at the game and see that.” Smith said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Last week’s matchup mainly featured Jeff Driskel at the helm, however expect to see a new guy possibly taking some of the snaps, as Kyle Allen returned to practice on Tuesday after a covid diagnosis held him out of the first contest.
While the Texans depended on their defense to win against the Saints, they could need more offensive firepower to defeat the Rams. Las Angeles put up twenty-nine points last week in a win behind Quarterback Bryce Perkins. Perkins is one of the fastest quarterbacks in the league, and will be a hassle for a Texans defense that struggled against dual threats last year. It will be good practice for players like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Deshaun Watson that they’ll have to face later on in the year.
Top Texans Players To Watch
RB Dameon Pierce
Pierce stole the show last week vs. the Saints, totaling nearly fifty yards on only five touches. He ran angry and looked like the elite running back the Texans have needed over the last couple of years. He will likely get more carries and hopefully showcase his skillset even more.
CB Tremon Smith
Smith, who was mainly a return specialist last year played nicely last Saturday, recording an interception and swatting a ball in the endzone. If he can add on to his week 1 performance, then he will likely be doing more than returning kicks in 2022.
WR Johnny Johnson III
Johnson was a highlight machine last week, catching the game winning touchdown, and hitting a double spin move for the first down. As an undrafted rookie, he is truly fighting for a roster spot, so look to him for big plays.
CB Tavierre Thomas is out for a few months after pulling his quadriceps
CB Derek Stingley Jr. is still questionable to make his NFL debut.
G Kenyon Green is probable to make his debut.
TE Pharaoh Brown is questionable
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis is questionable
LB Christian Harris is expecting to be out.
Thomas’ injury will certainly be a noticeable blow to the Texans secondary. Not just in the preseason, but also during the time he will miss in the regular season.
Seeing Stingley and Green hopefully appear in a game for the Texans for the first time is very exciting. Both players have a lot of hype, and will be a big part of the future of this team.
Final Thoughts And Predictions
Start time: 9pm Central
Location: at So-Fi Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Spread: Rams -1.5
Score Prediction: Texans 27 Rams 21
I say that the Texans build off of their momentum and steal a win in So-Fi against the Rams. The first half will be mostly Rams, but I think that the Texans will be able to adjust to Perkins and dominate the last two quarters. It’s the preseason so anything can happen, and as the team that will likely have more starters playing, it makes sense for Houston to end up on top.
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