I have to admit, I'm excited that there has been so much attention payed to the interior defensive line this week. It's so much fun to watch the big guys go at it. You really get a chance to see how the games really are won and lost in the trenches. Well, and behind center. Here are a few things I'm really looking forward to keeping an eye on Monday night (some less obvious): Duane Brown vs. Jared Allen Jared certainly got the best of Brown several times last year. I expect him to get by at least once again, but I'm extremely excited by what I've seen from Brown so far. He looks twice as good as he did last year. Allen is arguably the best DE in the NFL. Brown gets to go against a top 5 guy every day in practice. It showed last week against NO. He had no problem with his man. Despite illegal hands to the face repeatedly. His run blocking looks much improved as well. Joel Dreesen has looked terrific thus far. Everyone has him as the forgotten TE due to our draft and Owen Daniels popularity but lets not forget. We resigned him to a new (bargain) deal and he has a very similar skill set to Daniels with none of the potential impending cost. He's a very good blocker and his pass catching seems improved. Another solid week from him and I'm going to quietly start thinking more and more heavily that my favorite player "Open Daniels" could be expendable or even better, trade bait. (based on value alone). More cards from Mr. Bush After all the hoopla this week, I'm reminded that we're not seeing the real defense... well, here's me hoping we show a bit more so that we can better criticize (judge) what is expected from our front 7. Studdard-less OLine runblocking Chris brown didn't look as good last week because there were no lanes for him. Slaton looked good despite the interior run blocking because he's so good bouncing outside. With Pitts returning I want to see how important Chris Meyers absense could really be. With White AND Studdard it seemed a disaster. Where in the world is Fredrick Bennett? Fred is back to his old tricks. Bad angles, bad technique, bad tackling. Who is the guy we saw two years ago? Where did he go? Who's starting at DT? I think Okoye can be a very good pass rusher. I want to know why he's in on run downs. I want to see what the coaches do to correct the lineup shortcoming from last week. I want to see how the rotation changes. Barwin against the 1's on run downs One option is to have Smith sliding in more frequently to help our run defense. This means Connor has to play well as an everydown DE. Will they give him some reps against the 1's on run downs this week? Arian Foster/Chris Brown Browns vision was not as good last week because the cutback lanes weren't there. With Studdard out of the lineup I expect the lanes to return and Brown to show more what we had in KC. I know we're playing the Williams' but I expect better results. Foster needs to get more playing time now that he's a week healthier. I want to see him in with the starting line. Tackling especially from the secondary. I feel like Quin and McCain are maintaining pretty good coverage skills. But EVERYONE'S tackling was suspect last week. I know the Texans preach tacking technique all the time. Will we see improvement? Improving Orlovsky I was kind of bummed about his performance last week until I re-watched the game. He made some mental mistakes that I know Kubiak can coach out of him. He improved overall. Will we see a bit more of this skills? He made some great throws and reads last week. Jones' toughness I want to see Jacoby make some more tough catches. Take some hits, get up, WITH THE BALL. I can't wait!