Texans Vs. Chargers Preview
By Emin Avakian
The Houston Texans will travel to San Diego to take on a once proud franchise, but recently struggling Chargers squad in both team's season opener on Monday Night Football. The tilt at Qualcomm Stadium will close out the opening week of the regular season.
The Texans have never defeated the Chargers in their series history, winless in four attempts, including two in San Diego.
This time around, only one of the teams are expected to earn a postseason berth, but with a new regime and a motivated Phillip Rivers, the Texans will not overlook the Chargers.
The Houston defense, led by stalwarth J.J. Watt, will be given the green light to go after Rivers, as San Diego brings back just two offensive linemen from last season. Moreover, with Ryan Mathews yet to prove his worth, the Texans are not going to respect the running game early on. Nevertheless, the Houston secondary is formidable with or without newly acquired Ed Reed, whose status is uncertain for the season opener.
On the other side of the ball, the usual suspects (Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels) will all be instrumental in the high-powered offense. Foster will share carries with Ben Tate, but the game plan shouldn't be unfamiliar from last season's dynamic unit that averaged 374.6 yards per game--good for seventh in the league.
Prediction: The Texans defense will lead the team to a 23-10 victory over a Chargers squad that ranked 31st in total offense last season.