National Football League action on Thursday afternoon and we will see the Houston Texans grapple with the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Texans enter this game off a hard-fought 27-20 home win over the Patriots to move to 3-7 on the year. Detroit had a miserable offensive showing in a 20-0 road loss to Carolina, which now puts them at 4-6 in the year. These teams last met back in 2016 and the Texans won that game at home. They were favored by a point in the contest.
It is very odd seeing the New England Patriots having such a rough year, but that”s hat happens when some key players opt out before the season, and you lose one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time in the offseason. The Texans won the AFC South last year, and they were expected to contend for the title this year, but they have not had the season they were hoping for so far. Still, the Texans were able to pick up a nice home win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. They won that game by a score of 27-20, despite allowing 435 yards of total offense, including 349 yards through the air. That is a bad sign as the pats are not a good passing team, but defending the pass has been an issue for them all year, ranking 22nd in that department. They hope to have a better showing against a Detroit team that is 15th in passing. The real problem on this defense has been stopping the run, as they are last in the league in that department, but Houston allowed just 86 yards to the Patriots, and Detroit is 29th in rushing.
The Houston offense has moved the ball this year, but they are 22nd in scoring, putting up just 22.7 ppg. Houston cannot run the ball (31st in the league), but that could change against Detroit’s 30th ranked run defense. David Johnson was part of a trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona, and he was expected to help out the ground game that struggled a year ago. It has not happened as Johnson has run for just 408 yards on the year. His best days are behind him. He is listed as out indefinitely due to a concussion. The Texans ran for just 55 yards against the pass, with Deshaun Watson leading the way (36 yards, 1 TD).
Watson had a big game in the throwing department as he threw for 344 yards with two TDs and no INTs. He has now thrown for 2883 yards with 20 TDs and just five INTs on the year. If the ground game can have success, then Watson could have another big game, but we note that he could be without WRs Kenny Stills (Questionable, 144 yds, 1 TD) and Randall Cobb (Doubtful, 441 yds, three TDs). Cobb would be a huge loss. At 3-7, Houston is not in the playoff conversation, so all they are looking to do is finish the season strong.
The Detroit Lions will take on the Houston Texans at 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at home. Houston will be strutting in after a victory while the Lions will be stumbling in from a defeat.
On Sunday, Detroit lost to the Carolina Panthers on the road by a decisive 20 to nothing margin. One thing holding Detroit back was the mediocre play of QB Matthew Stafford, who did not have his best game: he passed for only 178 yards on 33 attempts.
Meanwhile, Houston picked up a 27-20 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The team accrued 21 points in the first half and coasted on those for the win. Houston’s QB Deshaun Watson did his thing and passed for two TDs and 344 yards on 37 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 36 yards.
The Lions are now 4-6 while the Texans sit at 3-7. A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: Detroit is stumbling into the matchup with the most rushing touchdowns allowed in the NFL, having given up 17 on the season. Houston has experienced some rushing struggles of their own as they are worst in the league in rushing yards allowed per game, with 159.3 on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Ford Field — Detroit, Michigan
- TV: CBS
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Houston won the only game these two teams have played in the last six years.
- Oct 30, 2016 – Houston 20 vs. Detroit 13