On Sunday, the Houston Texans aim for their third consecutive win against the struggling Arizona Cardinals. Despite the Cardinals’ poor 2-8 record, the game’s spread favors the Texans by four or five points. Originally expected to be similar teams, the Texans and Cardinals took different paths after a draft trade. The Cardinals, with a 2-8 record, align with expectations, while the 5-4 Texans are playoff contenders.
Four key aspects to watch in the upcoming game:
Let down avoidance: The Texans, touted as a playoff dark horse, must avoid complacency after receiving positive media attention during their two-week break.
Kyler Murray: The return of Cardinals’ QB Kyler Murray, instrumental in their recent win, poses a challenge for the Texans’ defense. Containing Murray’s improvisational play is crucial.
Devin Singletary, Part Two: Following Singletary’s impressive performance, the Texans seek offensive balance for continued success.
C.J. Stroud, master chef: Rookie QB Stroud, a standout player this season, is expected to deliver impressive numbers against the Cardinals’ struggling defense.