1. Clean Keenum- Second-year quarterback
Keenum's thrown seven touchdowns, and needs to continue his squeaky clean record of not letting the other team snare an errant pass. On the game's first play last week in the loss at Arizona, he was strip-sacked, and the Cardinals were able to return the fumble for a score. He also was nearly picked off a time or two last Sunday, and he wants to correct some mistakes.
"Honestly, there’s been a few times I’ve been lucky," Keenum said. "There’s been a few spots where
While he acnknowledged that he'll sometimes gamble, he also is cognizant of what he has to do.
"That’s the number one job of any quarterback is to protect the football," Keenum said. "I need to do a better job of it in some of those situations because you’re not always going to get lucky.”
2. Stay with 'Dre- Keenum has gone early, often, and with success to wide receiver
Johnson's caught 18 passes from Keenum in the last three games, accounting for 31.6% of the quarterback's completions. He's been targeted 31 times, accounting for 30.4% of Keenum's attempts.
The veteran pass-catcher, though, wants to see the Texans' offense pick it up in the second half. Houston's scored 64 points in the last three games, and only 16 points have come after halftime.
“We just haven’t been consistent," Johnson said. "We come out and play good in the first half and come out the second half and it’s not the same. Some way or another, we’ve got to find a way to get it done. Period.”
3. Tighten up- Starter
"We can stay in our base with just one tight end," Dennison said. "We can move to three wides, but our two-tight end package, Jake can do a good job. It’s just one less guy out there that can fill in there at any one point in time and then you can be out of that if somebody gets nicked."
At times, the Texans like to employ a three-tight end set. If they want to do that Sunday, they'll likely employ a reserve tackle.
4. Linebackers in limbo- Like the tight end position, the Texans are without their anchor at the
"He’s fixing to play a lot of football," Kubiak said. "Great opportunity for him and a young career that’s trying to get going. I think the key for him has always been trying to stay healthy. So if he can stay in one piece, I think he’ll do a good job for us.”
Look out also, for rookie
5. Shane returns?- It was a tough week for punter
"He knows what he’s doing," Kubiak said. "I don’t have any doubt that he’ll be ready to play.”
That's a good thing, because if were unable to go, kicker
Lechler is averaging 48.7 yards per punt this season, and averaged 58.9 yards per punt in the loss at Arizona.