Houston Texans (3-1) at Minnesota Vikings (4-0)
Texans: They enter week five with an early two-game lead in the AFC South but the Texans haven’t looked as good as we thought they would be prior to J.J. Watt being lost for the entire season with a back injury. The offensive line has been very shaky and Brock Osweiler has been very up and down. One thing he really needs to work on is forcing the football into the wrong spots and then it ends up getting intercepted. Lamar Miller has also struggled big time as he’s only averaging 3.6 yards per carry. The Texans can still win the division but, it will take more of a team effort to reach that goal instead of relying heavily on one person. They won’t have it easy when they face Minnesota on Sunday.
Vikings: The more time goes along, the more impressive they look and they’re 4-0 for the first time since 2009 and that season, they were a game away from the Super Bowl. The offense knew they had to make some major changes without Adrian Peterson on the field. With him, you know they’ll feed him the ball and he’ll make something happen with it each time. Now, you don’t know what to expect from them. They could establish Jerick McKinnon or they can get Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph going. Since putting Bradford under center, the offense just controls the clock and the defense has been the engine of this team. As I’ve been saying all year long, this is the best defense in the NFL not named the Denver Broncos. They get pressure off the edges, they crowd the line, the linebackers can play in coverage and make tackles, The secondary can limit the big play down the field and get a takeaway. They’re looking for a 5-0 start on Sunday.
Texans Player To Watch– Benardrick McKinney: The Vikings are coming off a nice game where they had some good looks in running the ball. McKinney leads the Houston Texans in tackles and will need to get after the Vikings ball-carriers all game long.
Vikings Player To Watch– Xavier Rhodes: He faced an elite receiver in Odell last week and held him to 23 yards receiving and this Sunday, he’ll have another task ahead of him as he’ll be assigned to cover DeAndre Hopkins. Can he lock him down too?
Prediction: I really like how the Vikings are playing right now and Mike Zimmer has turned them into believers. The Texans have the talent to go on a winning streak but they need to be more consistent. I like Minnesota to improve to 5-0. Vikings 20 Texans 10