1. All eyes on 8- Quarterback
"It’s an opportunity to go out and correct some of the mistakes that we’ve been making," Schaub said on Wednesday. "We need to crisper and sharper in everything that we’re doing as a group. Those things will happen and we’ll be better.”
Schaub and the offense square off against a Rams defense that forced three turnovers last Sunday in a win over Jacksonville. But, Saint Louis allows an average of 28.2 points per game and 382.4 yards per game. Those marks are 28th and 23rd, respectively in the NFL.
2. Rattling Bradford- As a defense, the Texans have 14 sacks in 2013. That’s tied for the 11th-best mark in the NFL. But, opponents have lined up to pass against them just 135 times, so the Bulls on Parade boast a League-best 10.4 sack rate.
Saint Louis quarterback Sam Bradford has been dropped 13 times through five games, and has thrown just three interceptions. Defensive ends
According to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Bradford presents a unique challenge.
"Obviously, he’s got a strong arm, good release, good presence in the pocket," Phillips said. "He wasn’t sacked any early in the season. He’s had a few lately but he gets rid of the ball. He’s a tough guy. He gets rid of the ball pretty quick."
Bradford wasn’t sacked in Week 1 or 2, but has been dropped 13 times in the last three games. So he is vulnerable, as of late.
3. Golly G’s-
Griffin, a rookie out of Connecticut, contributed primarily on special teams during the first five weeks, but lined up in some three tight end formations. During August, though, he set a franchise record with 14 preseason catches.
“This is my chance to get some meaningful snaps,” Griffin said. “I am ready to go this week, more so than any other week.”
4. Right-on Randy- Kicker
“He’s got all the tools to be a really good kicker in this league,” Kubiak said. “It’s about consistency. But our confidence in him isn’t going anywhere. We think he’s going to be a fine kicker, just need him to be more consistent.”
On the positive side for the second-year kicker, 12 of his 19 kickoffs have been touchbacks. That’s good for 63.2%. In 2012, only 31.4% of Texans kickoffs were touchbacks.
5. Safety first-
While he’s played, opposing offenses have been hesitant to test the middle of the field. Reed doesn’t like that the Texans have struggled, but he said they can grow because of it.
“The truth of the matter is this is early in the season and we’re learning from it,” Reed said. “This is something you can learn from and grow from.”