This week the Houston Texans are heading to New York to matchup with the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday at 1 pm EST. The surprising Texans sit at 2-0, while the 0-2 Giants are still struggling to find an offense, or a defense, or anything worth celebrating. This week's game can be watched online via live stream below (free with subscription), or on the CBS Television network.
For the Texans to keep winning, they will need to keep limiting turnovers, that is for sure. So far they have only lost the ball once. Also, Ryan Fitzpatrick is doing better than many expected, going 28-41 for 345 yards in two games. He has not thrown an interception, but has passed for 3 touchdowns. The hungry Giants will want to disrupt him, and try to bring the Texans to what many believe would be their sketchy offensive reality. So far the Texans offensive line has been penning a different story, though, and Fitzpatrick has made the most of their protection. How they perform against the New York defense will be a big marker Sunday.
On Defense, the Texans have been stellar. JJ Watt has been doing great, and he wants to bring the harassment to Eli Manning and company this week. The Texans defense is playing with increased aggressiveness this year, matching their forced fumble total for all of last year, in just two games. As a unit, the Texans are bringing it, with Jonathan Joseph and DJ Swearinger being very disruptive defensive backs, while Watt does his thing up front.
The Giants offense will need to finally tune in if they want to work against the Texans' strong D. New offensive coordinator Ben Mcadoo will have to impart the plan he brought from Green Bay last year with more success this week, if the G-men are to get it going. The feeling in New York is that the offense is going to get it soon, and start putting points on the board, but so far they have only mustered a measly 14 in each game. This could be their break-out game, and they would love to put together a win versus the Texan's defense just for esteem's sake.
Arian Foster for the Texans has ran 55 times for 241 yards so far, so if the G-men are going to get the win, they will need to slow him down.
Erasing the run is "priority 1, 2 and 3" on the Giants' defensive strategy, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said, according to the New York Daily News. For them to do that, Defensive Lineman Jason Pierre-Paul and company will have to shut down Foster, in hopes of making Fitzpatrick pitch it for the points. Pierre-Paul has 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks in two games, so the Giants would really like to see him have a big game this weekend, too.
To watch the game online, check out NFL Sunday Ticket. If you want to listen on the radio, the Texans can be heard on KILT 610 AM, and the Giants broadcast on WFAN 660 AM. The game will be on the CBS Television Network with a 1 pm EST kickoff.