For only the fifth time in NFL history, the New York Giants play the Houston Texans. The Giants have a 3-1 edge all-time, but much has changed since the two teams last played in 2014.
New York Giants Preview
As the New York Giants offensive line complied injuries, the hopes for the Giants to rebound after a 0-2 start dwindle. Second overall pick Saquon Barkley is consistently hit in the backfield. If you remove his 68-yard touchdown run in Week 1, Barkley is averaging under 2.4 yards per carry.
Houston Texans Preview
The Houston Texans lost as favourites last weekend to the Tennessee Titans, who started backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The Texans now face an uphill climb to get back into playoff contention as the only team in the AFC South without a win. While their rushing offence is performing well, they need more from DeAndre Hopkins who led the NFL last season with 14 receiving touchdowns.
This is a must-win game for both teams involved as only 5 teams since 1980 to start the 0-3 made the playoffs (that is just 2.8%). Both teams need better performances from their offences, as the Texans rank 26th in points per game, while the Giants are averaging the third fewest points in the NFL this season.