Texans Stats and Best Strategy to Win
Points Per Game: 16.6 points
Passing Yards Per Game: 214.6 yards
Rushing Yards Per Game: 92.4 yards
Total Yards Per Game: 287.3 yards
Third Down Conversion Percentage: 31.9%
Red Zone Conversion Percentage: 53.3%
Obviously, the Texans’ offense has been struggling greatly this season under head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. They will be without their two top receivers tonight (one of which the Cowboys tried to trade for), meaning they will need to rely heavily on their running game with Pierce and Burkhead to carry the load. This means that it will be up to the Texans’ defense which has been able to keep them in games at times to try and slow this Eagles offense on Thursday night.
The Cowboys had some success in causing pressure against this Eagles offensive line, and the Texans will have to do the same thing to pull off the upset victory in this game.
Jalen Hurts is good when he has a clean pocket to throw in so the Texans are going to need to get as much pressure on Hurts in order to stop their impressive passing attack. Houston’s issue then will become stopping the run, something they haven’t been able to do all season.
They can’t just drop into zone coverage if they want to beat the Eagles. Houston will need to send pressure throughout the night to get Hurts’ off his game and disrupt the passing rhythm and fill running lanes to slow the Philly rushing attack. If they can stop the rushing attack, they can win.
The Texans have the secondary to accomplish this but it will be interesting to see if they will be able to stop an Eagles offense with this many receivers all over the field.