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Giants - Texans
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Sun Sept 21, 1:00 PM - Texans at Giants

Giants (0-2) vs Texans (2-0)
Last week the Texans had a 27-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. They went on to win their second straight game, beating the Oakland Raiders 30-14.
The Giants did themselves in playing against a watered down Arizona team. They were ahead at one point, but then the mistakes just kept coming and they lost the game 25-14.
Giants - Cardinals Wrap-Up

Houston Texans
Coming off two division titles in 2011 and 2012, they won their first two games in 2013 and then fell into a major losing streak. When it hit 11 games head coach Gary Kubiak was fired. They still lost the final three games with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips filling in as the interim head coach for a 2-14 record. Just to remind you, Phillips took over for Kubiak earlier in the year when Kubiak collapsed at halftime during a game and was taken to the hospital.
The Texans were up 21-3 on their way to breaking a five game losing streak when that incident happened, but then fell apart and scored no more points to lose 24-21 to the Colts. Kubiak was back after the following week, but It was bad luck all the way around as All-Pro running back Arian Foster suffered a back injury during that same loss and was out fot the rest of the year. Kubiak is currently the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens.
Bill O'Brien was named the third head coach in the Houston Texans franchise history. O'Brien held various coaching positions with college teams and the New England Patriots. He left his offensive coordinator job with the Patriots to take on the challenging task of guiding Penn State as head coach from 2012 and 2013, following after Joe Paterno. Soon after being announced as the Texans head coach, O’Brien met with the existing Texans staff and fired nearly all of them. The first time NFL head coach has his Texans opening up the 2014 season with back-to-back wins after defeating the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders.

Houston Texans Offense
Running back Arian Foster played in only eight games last season, coming off his season ending back injury, and he is doing just fine. Foster has been handling a heavy workload, averaging 4.4 yards a carry and last week he rushed for 138 yards on 28 carries including a 5-yard touchdown run. Foster is also out distancing his quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as far as plays would compare - running to passing. Foster leads the league by carrying the ball 55 times and Fitzpatrick has thrown just 41 passes.
Fitzpatrick has made his passes count though, completing on close to 70 percent with three touchdowns and no interceptions. This will be the first game he will have all three tight ends on the roster available to play. Veteran receiver Andre Johnson leads the team with 12 catches for 167 yards and DeAndre Hopkins has caught a touchdown in each of the first two games. The offensive line has done a great job at run blocking and hasn't allowed a sack this season.

Houston Texans Defense
Romeo Crennel, a former defensive coordinator and later head coach of the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs, replaced Wade Phillips. Crennel has shifted the team to a 3-4 defense and so far the results are good. Aside from giving up just 20 points in two games, the lowest amount of all the teams in the NFL, this defense has been very opportunistic so far this year. They've recorded four forced fumbles and two interceptions. That's helped them quite a bit as they have been giving up a lot of yardage, averaging 368 yards per game.
J.J. Watt led the NFL in 2012 with 20.5 sacks and was named the Defensive Player of the Year and had a very respectable 10.5 last season. In last Sunday's game they had him line up as a tight end and Watt caught a 1-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. Teams will now have to game plan for that even if they don't try it again. It would have been interesting to see Watt and Jadeveon Clowney play together, but the No. 1 overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft, will be out for this game with a knee injury. Cornerbacks Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph are playing in their fourth year together and each has caused turnovers as well as safetys D.J. Swearington and Kendrick Lewis.

Giants offense
Eli Manning was sacked twice by the Cardinals, but still got better overall protection than he did in the first game. He threw for 277 yards and once again was done in by dropped passes that did not help sustain drives. It's hard to believe that his completion percentage is over 60 percent at this time. Tight end Larry Donnell has continued to produce and leads the team with his 12 receptions, averaging over 11 yards each and has been targeted by Manning more than anyone else on the team.
Free agent Rashad Jennings was brought in to get the running game going along with fourth-round draft pick Andre Williams. That hasn't happened so far, and while Jennings did improve on his average yards-per-run, that unforced fumble was a killer last week. He is however one of Manning's best receivers, second on the team with 8 catches averaging almost 12 yards a catch. That's what Victor Cruz averages and it sure would have been nice if he had more than 7 receptions so far. Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan each have 6 receptions.

Giants defense
Once again this was supposed to be the strength of the Giants this season, but they have trouble getting opponents off the field. Right now they are next to last in the NFL in opponents' third-and-long conversion percentage. Teams get their long first downs almost 44 percent of the time and overall make it over 53 percent. The offense on the Texans has been lopsided so far in favor of the running game, but some of that is due to them being ahead in games and how effective they have been with it.
The Giants secondary should be able to handle their own in this game, but they'll have to stop the run first and play smart. That won't be easy without middle linebacker Jon Beason playing.
Beason left with a toe injury in the second half of last Sundays game and will not play in this one. Things could get easier for the Giants as Texans tailback Arian Foster (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Both teams hope that history doesn't repeat. Last season at this time, the Texans and Giants held the same win-loss record heading into game 3. The Texans lost all the rest of their games and the Giants fell to 0-6 before they managed to pull out a win. One of these teams will continue on that path and one won't Turnovers could be the key in this game as the Texans on defense are forcing them to happen and the Giants can't get out of their own way in assisting other teams from being successful in that cause. If the Giants cut down on their penalties, missed assignments, and turnovers, they should send the fans home happy this Sunday.

NFC East
All the NFC East games will be played at 1pm Sunday when the Giants play in their game against the Texans. The Eagles (2-0) will host the Redskins (1-1), and the Cowboys (1-1) will play in St. Louis against the Rams (1-1). The Eagles and Cowboys are favored to win their games. Check out.
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