Listen, I don’t know. I really don’t. None of us do.
Maybe things will be fine. The Texans lost in New England. Everyone loses in New England! Clearly there’s no walking back or excuse-making for that horrific crime scene of a bed [KITTENING] in Nashville last week.
The Texans, on paper, should handle the New York Giants Sunday at NRG Stadium. If they do, great. If they barely win or lose the home opener? Pretty much everything changes for 2018.
Let’s see how the Masthead sees Sunday’s match-up going.
Tim: Texans 27, Giants 20.
To quote the great bard Aaron Rodgers, R-E-L-A-X. The sky is not falling. The Texans lost two road games, and now they’re coming home to face a team that’s also struggling. Things are going to get better for the good guys, and it starts this week against the Giants.
With Patrick Mahomes under center for his first regular-season start at home, Arrowhead Stadium is going to be rocking on Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs will try to extend their record to 3-0 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Here are five things to keep an eye on during the game:
1. Can the offensive line continue to keep Patrick Mahomes clean?
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Going into the regular season, left guard Cam Erving was a question mark on the offensive line. The presumption was that if Erving couldn’t hold down his position alongside Eric Fisher, we were going to see problems. So far, Erving has done a good job — even getting kudos for his play — and as a whole, the line has allowed just two sacks thus far, while Mahomes has run roughshod over opposing defenses. That’s a good sign.
Marcus Mariota will be listed as questionable for the game on Sunday. It sounds like he is about the same today as he was yesterday. He participated in a limited portion of practice and was wearing the glove on his right hand again. I was really hoping we would get a report that he was able to do a lot more today. I would be a little surprised if he played.
Jack Conklin will be listed as questionable for the first time this week. It still seems like a long-shot for Conklin to be back for this game, but it sure seems like he will be ready for the Eagles next week.
Taylor Lewan has cleared the concussion protocol and will play. Derrick Henry, who was on the injury report with a back issue the last two days, was a full participant and is ready to go.
Kamalei Correa missed practic agian and is listed as questionable.
The Packers face the team that will not be named and which sells this in their pro shop.
Washington also employs despicable, unrepentant child abuser Adrian Peterson. There are a lot of reasons to actively dislike Washington, and fortunately, the Packers will likely take out their frustrations by beating them soundly.
After jerking Kirk Cousins around with the franchise tag for a few years the Washington football team let him get away to Minnesota, and replaced him with Captain Checkdown Alex Smith. Andy Reid actually coaxed a few good deep passing seasons out of Smith, but Jay Gruden is unlikely to have similar success. While the Chiefs relied on Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, both outstanding downfield weapons, the Washingtons lack talent at the receiver position.