How Will The Texans Fill The “Johnson” Void?

by: MICHAEL WILLIAMS, SportsRadio 610
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As the Texans prepare to play their first game with out the massively talented Andre Johnson, many of you are pretty worried just how the Texans plan on getting on without #80. It’s most certainly a difficult undertaking, no one will argue to the contrary. In order to ease your minds for until the game, here’s what you can expect to see on Sunday afternoon.

1. Arian Foster will be huge.

That having been said, expect to see Arian to get  fewer hand offs than he did against the Steelers.  While I don’t think that he will have as many carries as he did this past Sunday, he will have an even bigger game. The Texans will find new ways to get the ball into his hands, including the screen game and motioning him out into the slot. Either way, he will have 2+ touchdowns and over a hundred all-purpose yards.

2. Huge play from the Texan’s Tight ends.

Owen Daniels is a name that all Texans fans have come to know, but on Sunday look for Joel Dressen to be made into even more of a part of the offense. Garrett Graham should see the field more often as well. These tight ends will allow the Texans to get into formations that will let them run the ball in power formations, but will allow them to release Daniels and Dressen and force the Raiders linebacker corp to cover them.

3. The “Hogs” upfront will dominate.

The Raiders are the third worst team against the run. You should expect to see Duane Brown, Wade Smith, Chris Meyers, Mike Brisiel, and Eric Winston to own the line of scrimmage. Even though the Raiders love to play man coverage on the outsides and like to stuff seven guys in the box as often as they can, they have had issues dealing with O-lines that are far worse than the Texans.

This will be a game for the Texans to get back into their old ways of scoring touchdowns instead of field goals. I like the Texans in this game by 9.

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