Line: Texans -2

The surprising 2-0 Texans come into the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon in what will be a make or break game for the winless Giants. The Texans have no started the season 2-0 for 5 consecutive seasons and are the first team since the Miami Dolphins from 1994-1999 to do so. The Giants have looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL thus far. Their offense was expected to struggle as coordinator Bob Macadoo installed his new offense. It marked the first time that quarterback Eli Manning would play for a coordinator other than Kevin Gilbride. The surprise is how bad the defense has been. They let many veterans walk away via free agency and it has shown. The one area of strength that they appeared to address in the offseason was in the secondary and they have arguably performed worse than the rest of the unit.

The Texans were dominant in their win over the Raiders last week. Running back Arian Foster, who appears determined to bounce back from 2 injury riddled seasons to claim his spot amongst the elite running backs in the NFL had 28 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is more of what they call a “game manager” but he does it extremely well and is not likely to force any turnovers. He was 14-19 for a small 139 yards but threw two touchdown passes and had zero interceptions. One of those touchdown passes was to defensive tackle J. J Watt who lined up on offense at tight end and caught a 1 yard touchdown pass. Andre Johnson is not the all world receiver he once was, but he is still more than capable of being the leading receiver on a championship team. Johnson finished the game with 6 catches for 74 yards despite double coverage from the Raider secondary.

The Giants have look downright awful in virtually every aspect of the game. After a week one loss star wide receiver openly complained to the media about not getting the ball enough, he then went out and dropped 3 second half passes including 2 on the same drive that could have tied the game. The running game hasn’t been awful with Rashard Jennings running for tough yards but teams are going to load up to stop the run until the team shows it can pass the football. New Tight end Larry Donnell has become Manning’s go to receiver and has shown the size and hands to be a dependable tight end in the NFL. The defense has been just as bad as the offense. The team played against the Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback last week and still were unable to get off the field on third down. They have not put any pressure on the quarterback and don’t seem to be able to cover receivers in space. The team will need to show some pride as home underdogs this weekend

Pick: Giants +2

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