JJo out vs Lions

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  1. ThaJokaa

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  3. 76Texan

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    Will be interesting to see.

    Even with JJo, I expected some double team (or quite a bit of it) on Megatron just like every other teams have been doing.

    When they didn't double team him, he was killing 'em all.
     
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    You dont throw on Kareem Jackson!
     
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    KJax better not mis his tackles today, lets see if he has what it takes to cover an opposing teams #1 WR
     
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    Nick Scurfield ‏@NickScurfield
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    And the odd inches up in various Sportsbooks.

    It was between 3 and 3.5 (more 3) late yesterday and is now a solid 3.5 and even 4 on one of them.

    At 49-50 on Over/Under, this could be another shootout ???
     
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    Will get our first look at Roc Carmichael & Brandon Brooks today.

    Definitely a [IMGwidthsize=50]http://thefootbawlblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/nextmanup.jpg[/IMG] day.
     


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    Brooks and Carmichael active for 1st time ever.
     
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    I think Texans are going nut up and come up with a excellent perofrmance on defense. Expect a 200 yd performance from Foster.
     
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    Roc is active before Harris? Interesting.
     
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    Time to let the kids play. I'm glad jjo sitting. Pass rush would makes things easier
     
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    Five questions going into Thursday’s game
    Five questions going into Thursday’s game

    1. Will the defense rebound from the bad performance against Jacksonville?

    Let’s get something straight right off. The defense didn’t play badly. The secondary was terrible — at least until late in the fourth quarter and overtime. So will the defensive backs rebound? They can’t play much worse, can they? They were so out of sync against the Jaguars. I think they’ve had a serious meeting and will rebound against the Lions. The difference is that Matthew Stafford is a better passer than Chad Henne and wants to atone for a bad game in Sunday’s loss to Green Bay.

    2. If the Texans can’t stop Jacksonville rookie Justin Blackmon, how in the world are they going to stop Megatron?

    Blackmon may never have another game like he did Sunday. He benefited from poor coverage and a collision on an 81-yard touchdown. Calvin Johnson may be the premier receiver in the NFL. He has 65 catches for 1,117 yards. But Detroit has lost six games this season with Johnson, so the Lions are capable of losing to the Texans. Johnson has to be double-teamed. The smart strategy so far is to keep two safeties deep to keep Johnson from running open down the field. The problem is he outjumps so many defenders. The Texans are splendid against the run, so it’s going to come down to Matthew Stafford throwing for the Lions.


    3. Will Gary Kubiak let Matt Schaub throw more after the Jacksonville game, or will he return to his ball-control philosophy?

    You asked about Calvin Johnson. If the Texans control the ball, which they do better than any other team in the league, Johnson gets fewer opportunities. He can’t hurt them on the bench. The Lions know Kubiak will give the ball to Arian Foster at least 25 times if the game is close. They’ll want to stop him with seven defenders. They don’t want to have to play eight in the box to stop the running game. I look for Justin Forsett to be effective on the artificial surface. He has 20- and 30-yard runs in the last two games. He can give Foster a breather. I think Schaub will throw a lot early because Kubiak likes to get his quarterback into a rhythm and then revert to the run. It’s more fun to watch the Texans throw a lot out of their no-huddle offense, but they do that when they’re desperate. Unfortunately.

    4. What kind of trouble will the Texans be in if Johnathan Joseph can’t play?

    Well, let’s see: Pro Bowl cornerback replaced by Alan Ball. No offense to Ball, but he’s no Joseph. Joseph probably should rest. If he were to play and make the hamstring injury worse, the secondary could be devastated. Ball has done a terrific job on special teams. He leads the team in tackles. He has broken up a few passes and looked good doing it. He struggled in preseason. Now he seems more confident. No matter who’s on the field, including Joseph, he better have a safety helping on Calvin Johnson, because we know he’s going deep and Matthew Stafford will throw to him as much as possible.

    5. We don’t hear about Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh like we did his first couple of seasons in the NFL. With J.J. Watt being the dominant defensive lineman in the league, what do you expect from them?

    Suh had a great rookie season, but then he got a lot of attention for what many perceived as dirty play. He hasn’t been in the news as much. He can still dominate, but the Lions have a losing record, and their defense hasn’t dominated as the coaches hoped it would. The national TV cameras offer the ideal situation for Suh to have a breakout game and show Watt who’s still the boss of defensive linemen. On the other hand, Watt has family and friends at the game. He can be typically terrific with a sack, deflection, a couple of tackles for loss and a couple of quarterback hits — not to mention being so good against the run — and hardly anyone notices. Unfortunately for defensive linemen, there’s one stat that stands out, and Watt’s 11.5 sacks aren’t too shabby. But he has got to keep it up.

    Texans players to watch

    Kareem Jackson, cornerback
    Jackson had been enjoying a superb season. Then came the Jaguars. Jackson played so bad he looked like a rookie. Now Jackson needs to bounce back and prove the Jacksonville game was a mirage, a one-time thing.

    Duane Brown, left tackle
    Brown will be going against veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch, a physical player well-known for dirty tactics. Brown knows how to use his hands when a pass rusher is using a lot of moves. But in this game, he’s got to keep his cool, too.

    Lions players to watch

    Dominic Raiola, center
    The 12-year veteran was asked about defensive end J.J. Watt. His response to Watt was to “bring it.” Raiola will be blocking nose tackles Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell. When Watt moves inside, Raiola will provide a double-team.

    Riley Reiff, left tackle
    The rookie first-round pick is under pressure because he’s expected to replace Jeff Backus, who has started 186 games. Backus has a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice. Reiff must block Antonio Smith and Connor Barwin.

    Texans leaders

    Passing
    Matt Schaub
    2,540 yards

    Rushing
    Arian Foster
    949 yards

    Receiving
    Andre Johnson
    870 yards

    Defense
    J.J. Watt
    11.5 sacks

    Lions leaders

    Passing
    Matthew Stafford
    2,988 yards

    Rushing
    Mikel Leshoure
    502 yards

    Receiving
    Calvin Johnson
    1,117 yards

    Defense
    Cliff Avril
    5.5 sacks
    http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexan...giving-day-matchup-with-the-lions/#more-29322
     
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    Not real surprising. I would have been very nervous if he tried to play on a bad hammy in a short week. Hopefully he gets healthy soon.
     
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    Man Megatron is beat up as well.
     

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