2010 NFL Week 2 Previews: Houston Texans Giving Three Points To Washington Redskins
September 16th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The Houston Texans are coming off their first-ever victory over AFC South rival Indianapolis in week one of the 2010 NFL Season, courtesy of Arian Foster and his 231 yards rushing, three-touchdown performance.

This week, the Texans will take on Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins in an inter-conference showdown, as both teams look to extend to 2-0 on the year.

Last week, the Texans got off to a 1-0 start by beating the Colts 34-21 convincingly at home, and come into Week two full of confidence.  Everything was clicking for the Texans on offense, as Foster could not be stopped.  It was a week in which quarterback Matt Schaub did not need to wow anybody with his stats.  Schaub finished with just 107 passing and one touchdown, but the 2009 NFL passing leader didn’t need to beat the Colts with his arm when Foster was shredding the Indianapolis defense with his legs.

On the other side of the ball, the Redskins were able to get a win over NFC East rival Dallas, thanks to a quirky play that ended the first half, and a penalty that ended the game.  At the end of the day though, a win is a win, and Washington has started out on the right foot after going just 4-12 last season, finishing dead last in the division.

Looking ahead at the this match on offense for the Texans, the likely scenario would be handing the ball off to Foster to see how he can do in Week two.  The emergence of Foster last week makes Houston dangerous.  With Schaub able to put up passing yards and touchdowns, by throwing the ball to receivers like Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, and Foster being productive on the ground, opposing defense will have problems.

Defensively for the Redskins, the 3-4 scheme will be tested early with Foster.  If the Redskins only have to commit the front seven to stop Foster, chalk that up as a win for Washington.  If they can’t Schaub could be in for a big game, as could Johnson on the outside.

On the reverse side, McNabb and the Washington offense underwhelmed, but managed enough to win.  McNabb threw for 171 yards, and no interceptions, but tossed no touchdowns.  Chris Cooley and Santana Moss were the top targets for McNabb, and look to be just that here in the game against the Texans.

The Texans defensively surrendered 433 yards passing to Peyton Manning last week, but held the Colts to only 24 points.  Still, the number of passing yards is concerning for Houston, and that was likely addressed this week in practice.

USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Lines have set the Texans as a three-point favorite on the road, with the over/under sitting at 43 1/2 points.  The line opened here and has held steady throughout the course of the week.

Other betting trends indicate that the under is 9-1-1 in Houston’s last 11 road games.  Additionally, the Texans are 5-2-1- in their last nine games ATS vs a team with a winning record.

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