3.Cleveland Browns DE Jadeveon Clowney
The Texans come to town with their best player (Deshaun Watson) in limbo. It looks like he’ll never play for the Texans again, as a trade will likely be made once Watson’s legal matters are sorted through.
That means Tyrod Taylor is running the offense and while he made some uncharacteristic throws down field last week, the Texans remain a team dedicated to rushing the ball.
That’s where Jadeveon Clowney factors in. The former No. 1 overall pick has never recorded double-digit sack numbers, but he’s always been considered elite in defending the run.
Considering his track record, the defense will count on Clowney to show up and contribute in this department. If he can, the Texans game plan will fly off the rails.
Houston’s David Culley called 41 rushing plays during his team’s Week 1 victory over Jacksonville.
Houston is going to pound the ball and Clowney and the defensive front have the goods to make for a long day for the first-year coach.