1. 1st team offense- Week 1 of the regular season is two weeks from the matchup with New Orleans, and the starters will likely play at least a half, if not longer. It will be the most we've seen of
"As the veteran guys, we know where we need to be after this game," Johnson said on Thursday. "When I walk off the field Sunday and the game is over, I want to feel a certain way and, if I feel that way, I know I’m ready to go out and play.”
2. Cooling Brees-Kubiak and several Texans defenders said New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL over the past decade. The Texans have seen him and the Saints three times since August of 2011, with one of those matchups happening in the regular season.
"It’s a good test to see where you where you are and a great matchup," linebacker
Brees played most of the first half a week ago Friday when the Saints hosted the Raiders. He completed 14-of-18 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown to rookie Kenny Stills.
The starting outside linebackers for the Texans have been veteran
3. Third running back-It looks like fourth-year veteran
Karim has led the way with 92 yards on 15 carries this August. Competing with undrafted rookies
Kubiak detailed who will get the call after Tate and Karim.
"I think we need to take a hard look at Wood and Johnson the most," Kubiak said.
4. Yates and Keenum- The backup competition between third-year signal caller
"What I hope to do is, when Matt does leave the game, whatever is left, I hope to split the time," Kubiak said. "But T.J. Will be the second guy to go.”
Through a pair of preseason games in 2013, the two have battled evenly. Each player has completed exactly 66.7% of his passes, and both have tossed a pair of touchdowns. Keenum has thrown for 40 more yards (275 to 235) while Yates' quarterback rating is a shade better at 112.5 to 108.0
5. Clean Bill of Health- In this game, you won't see Foster, defensive end