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Los Angeles Rams vs. Houston Texans: Five Texans to watch

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Houston comes to to Los Angeles looking for some sort of miracle at QB.

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The Houston Texans travel west to Los Angeles looking to recover from a home loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans had been the NFL’s most prolific offense in the NFL while rookie QB Deshaun Watson was at the helm but suffered an ACL tear a week ago and are now left looking at Tom Savage as their starting QB. After losing their stars J.J. Watt and Watson, the Texans season outlook now looks bleak. Here’s my five Texans to watch this week when they take on the Rams.

RB Lamar Miller

Miller has yet to rush for more than 75 yards in any game this season and has topped 20 carries just once when he did it two weeks ago in Seattle. His 3.7 yards per carry might not be that worrisome to event the biggest Rams run defense skeptics. The Texans overall running game numbers had been boosted by rookie QB Deshaun Watson and timely runs by rookie RB D’Onta Foreman. With meh Rams run defense, and QB concerns, Miller and Foreman could be leaned on.

MLB Benardrick McKinney

I think McKinney is one of the more underrated defenders in the NFL. Standing at 6’4 and 245 lbs, he looks and plays the part. A sneaky pass rusher, he has two sacks on the year and is strong against the run. Where the Rams could try to exploit him is in the passing game. He’s the Texans leading tackler and one of their two best defenders now that J.J. Watt is on IR. You’ll likely see and hear his name in a lot of plays this weekend.

QB Tom Savage

As of this write-up Tom Savage remains the Texans starter at QB but T.J. Yates has been seeing first team snaps in practice this week. So who knows who finishes the game at QB? Filling in for the injured Watson, Savage completed 19 of 44 passes for 219 yards and 1 TD against a Colts secondary that was without their best DB in Malik Hooker. That’s...not good. I sometimes like watching train wrecks so this should be fun for the Rams.

WR Will Fuller

After recovering from a broken collarbone to start off the year, Fuller is the league’s biggest home run hitter. With just 15 catches in 5 games, he has 7 TDs. The only game he didn’t score a touchdown was last week when he was targeted a season high 8 times. Severely limited without Watson, the Rams still can’t sleep on Fuller’s deep speed. He may be a non-factor for the majority of the game, but the thought of a lucky heave from Savage is cause enough to keep an eye on while DeAndre Hopkins draws most of the defense’s attention.

EDGE Jadeveon Clowney

The former 1st overall pick has really picked up his game this year. Although he has just 5.0 sacks for the season, Clowney has no issues generating pressure from either side of the defense. He has a knack for the football as well having forced two fumbles while recovering three, returning one for TD. The Texans aren’t getting a lot of production from other members of the defense so it should be fun to see the Rams scheme against Clowney.