Texans must win on Sunday

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In falling to the New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans the Texans have been plagued by slow starts defined by turnovers, penalties, and pass protection breakdowns.

The Texans are 0-2 and haven't done much of anything on offense. They will not be a playoff team if they continue to play this bad.

A season where with the talent on this team and the roster at full health to begin the season, the expectations were playoff at the minimum but instead they are in a hole that teams rarely crawl out of to make the postseason.

The Texans have compiled 16 straight games with at least one turnover which is the longest streak in the NFL. Also they are 1-7 in 1 score games which is worst next to Cleveland.

The 11 penalties for 88 yards needs to be corrected and better decisions needs to be made at the line of scrimmage. The team has a lot of adversity throughout the week. The defense did a phenomenal job containing that offense. The guys that had to step in and play on the offensive line did a tremendous job of opening holes and giving Watson time to throw.

JJ Watt had six tackles, two for losses and one forced fumble.Duke Ejiofor rookie outside linebacker recorded his first NFL sack in his first game.

Jadeveon Clowney was limited in practice on Wednesday and is regarded as a question mark for Sunday's game.

He previously had an elbow injury listed last week, but that no longer listed as bothering him on the official injury report.

The Texans are facing the New York Giants in their home opener. First priority is to stop the run. Saquon Barkley has 134 yards rushing and a touchdown through two games. The next priority is to put pressure on Eli Manning considering his offensive line it's worse than the Texans.

He’s a multiple Super Bowl champion, he’s had an extremely successful career and he’s got weapons around him,” Watt said. “So, we just need to do our best to put them in situations where we can get after the passer and hopefully get up in his face and make him feel uncomfortable because if you allow him to feel comfortable back there, he’s a guy with a great arm who can put the ball where he wants to. So, we need to make him feel uncomfortable when we can.”

Texans will face the New York Giants in their 2018 home opener at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 12 noon CT.