With a hot start, the Texans are alone atop the AFC South, while the Giants share first place in the NFC East with a 2–2 record. The Giants are coming off a huge win over the Bears, the last undefeated team in the NFC, while the Texans defeated the Raiders with their third 30-point game of the season.
Keys for the Texans
• Last year’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, Brian Cushing, makes his 2010 debut after being suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s drug policy. Cushing led the team with 133 tackles last season, and with the Texans ranked last in the league in pass defense and total defense, he couldn’t be back at a better time.
• The offensive line has been an unsung hero for the Texans this season. The linemen have paved the way for running back Arian Foster, who leads the league with 537 rushing yards. In the first three games, they were the worst in the league at pass protection but didn’t allow a sack last week, a key factor in the victory over Oakland.
Keys for the Giants
• The Giants have the second-best pass defense in the league, but their rush defense ranks 23rd. Taking on Foster could be problematic. The Texans lead the league with 172.0 rushing yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry, while the Giants have allowed 117.2 yards per game.
• Against the Texans’ inexperienced secondary, quarterbacks have put up big numbers. Now, it’s Eli Manning’s turn to pick on the Houston pass defense. The Giants need a big day from their quarterback.
The Giants’ defense gave up three points and a total of 110 yards last week to Chicago. Now, they face the league’s hottest offense, one that possesses the ability to beat you on the ground with Foster and through the air with Matt Shaub and Andre Johnson. Too much offense for Houston. Texans 27–20.