Texans defense gears up for Eli Manning, Giants

The last time the Texans faced the New York Giants in 2014, Odell Beckham, Jr. had yet to make his rookie debut, inactive with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, running back Saquon Barkley, was just a senior in high school still years away from being the No. 2 overall NFL draft pick.  

On Sunday, the Texans will face both for the first time at NRG Stadium as well as two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, now in his 15th season. Houston's defense began its preparation for the Giants who, like the Texans, are hungry for their first win.

"We've got to make sure that No. 1, we stop the run," head coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday. "That's our deal every week. Then, when they drop back to pass, we've got to spin the dial. I think that's the big thing, too. Part of that is, every week, getting pressure on the quarterback. How you do that is another ball of wax but I think that's all part of what we're trying to do this week."

Through two games, Barkley has 134 yards rushing and one touchdown on 29 carries, averaging 4.62 yards per carry. He has also added 102 yards receiving on a team-high 16 receptions. Beckham has caught 15 passes for 162 yards, in search of his first receiving touchdown of the season.

Despite their 0-2 record, Manning and the New York Giants have the Texans on high alert heading into Sunday's game.

"He's a multiple Super Bowl champion, he's had an extremely successful career and he's got weapons around him," Watt said. "So, we just need to do our best to put them in situations where we can get after the passer and hopefully get up in his face and make him feel uncomfortable because if you allow him to feel comfortable back there, he's a guy with a great arm who can put the ball where he wants to. So, we need to make him feel uncomfortable when we can."

In their last meeting, Watt did just that. He recorded one sack and added two tackles for loss, a quarterback hit, a pass defense as well as 7 tackles (5 solo).

The Texans will face the New York Giants in their 2018 home opener at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 12 noon CT on FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.

The Houston Texans are prepped and ready to take on the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium.

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