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Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans - 8/16/14

Houston Texans (0-1) Vs. Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

NFL Football: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm (NRG Stadium)

The Line: Houston Texans -3 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Falcons head to Houston on Friday to face off against the Texans at Reliant Stadium.

The Houston Texans got destroyed in their first outing this season, falling to the Cardinals 32-0.  The Texans were embarrassed last season, and even though this is just the preseason, you know the Texans fans, and the team itself is looking for any kind of bright spot at this point.  The Texans managed just 172 total yards of offense against the Cards, and while Houston does have potentially one of the most dominant defensive lines in the game, if you can’t score, you can’t win.  Houston put newcomer Ryan Fitzpatrick under center to start things against the Cards, and Fitzpatrick looked bad.  The Houston signal caller completed just 6/14 for 55 yards and two picks on the night, and neither Kennum, nor Savage looked much better.  The ground game should be solid again with Foster in the backfield, but it will be interesting to see if he can stay healthy for all 16 games.  Johnson is still a force as a receiver, but offseason rumblings that he wants out of Houston to avoid another rebuilding year may show themselves again later this season if the team struggles.  Also, Jadeveon Clowney had a nice play in the backfield, and J.J. Watt is still really, really good.

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Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans - 8/16/14


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The Atlanta Falcons had a forgetful season last year, but now the Falcons are healthy once again, and will be looking to rebound in 2014.  Atlanta has one of the best young wideouts in the game in Julio Jones, and while Roddy White is getting up there in age, he can still play and must be accounted for, or he can kill a defense.  The Falcons got a nice 16-10 win in their preseason opener against the Dolphins, with Matt Ryan throwing for 53 yards on the night, while completing 7/7.  The air attack for the Falcons will be solid again this season (assuming everyone stays healthy) but the ground game is an issue.  Steven Jackson still looks to have something in the tank, but he is getting up there and as the season progresses, Freeman and Rodgers will need to help fill in.  

Tough, but I’ll take the field goal with the Falcons here.  Houston hasn’t shown me anything offensively, and while the Falcons defense is far from the level of the Cardinals, I just don’t see the Texans putting up enough to keep them ahead of this number.  

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