While there were 3 games on the annual Turkey Day classic, the best event of the day had to be the Lions putting up a super fight against the now 10-1 Texans. While Houston might own the best record in the NFL, their flaws were out for everybody to see as they showcased another below-par performance against Detroit.
Entering the Lion’s den on Thursday, the Texans had to prove that last week’s performance was behind them. Last Sunday against the Jags, the “mighty” Texan defense unraveled completely as they allowed backup QB Chad Henne to throw 354 yards and shoot 4TD’s.
This week should have been a perfect time to get things back on track. Matt Stafford was on the other side of the ball and during his dry season, he has been anything but good. But 61 passes later, the defense surrendered 441 yards and allowed 2TD’s thru the air.
The ailing Secondary is missing Jonathan Joseph, but is that all it took to throw them off the edge? Daniel Manning has let up big plays not only to 2nd receivers, but 3rd guys on the Depth Chart too.
It’s just two games, and it might be an overreaction, but the truth is the Texans won’t win down the stretch if they can’t stop the pass. The offense isn't going to continue to put up enormous amounts of points week in and week out.
Broncos- Demarius Thomas and Eric Decker
Bengals- A.J Green (do we even need a 2nd? This guy is enough for 5 guys)