Oddly enough, this game may come down to the Houston defense and the Giants' offense....
Here's some facts.
Texans QB Matt Schaub and Eli Manning have almost identical numbers:
Manning: 85-132-1,005 yds, 5 TDs 6 INT ...81.2 rating
Schaub: 86-130-1,037 yds, 7 TDs 4 INT ...95.6 rating
Manning has not hit his stride yet. Schaub's numbers are buoyed by the shootout in Washington in Week 2 where he threw for 497 yards and 3 TDs. Since WR Andre Johnson (ankle) has been hurt, Schaub has been hindered. Johnson is expected to play Sunday, but he is still not 100%.
Foster is running roughshod over opponents...
The Texans' rushing attack is one to watch. RB Arian Foster is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and currently leads the NFL in rushing yardage. The Giants, after getting split open by the Colts in Week 2, throttled Tennessee's Chris Johnson for the better part of three quarters and then completely shut down Matt Forte and the Bears. A battle of wills is brewing...
Wanna run the ball against Houston? Think again.
The Houston defense is allowing just over 70 yards per game rushing. To be fair, teams have attempted a league-low 19.8 attempts per game against them. The Texans led the Colts the entire game in Week 1, erasing the rushing game. In Week 2, the Redskins, even though they led by as many as 17 in the third quarter, could not run the football on Houston, totaling only 18 yards on 17 attempts.
In Week 3, Dallas rushed for 101 yards on 27 attempts - an average of 3.7 per carry. Last week the Raiders ran 25 times for 118 yards (4.7 yds per). Take away Darren McFadden's 23 yarder and QB Bruce Gradkowski's 16 yards on 3 scrambles and you have 79 yds on 21 carries - or 3.7 yds per attempt.
To beat the Texans, you need to pass away.
No, not that type of passing away. Throw the football. Houston is last in the NFL against the pass, surrendering a whopping 337.8 yards a game through the air with a completion rate of over 70%.
Kevin Boss, listen up....tight ends have been making big plays against them as result of poor safety play. Dallas Clark had 11 catches for 81 yards and a TD in Week 1. The Resdkins' TE's combined for 126 yds receiving and a TD. Jason Witten had seven catches against them and last week Oakland's Zach Miller had 11 grabs for 122 yds and a TD.
Last thing....DeMarcus Ware from Troy State had three sacks against Houston. His college teammate, Osi Umenyiora, is hot right now coming off a three sack game of his own vs the Bears....could spell trouble for Matt Schaub....