Our game preview this week looks at the Houston Texans matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tyson Q's FFC: Dangerous Quarterback Starts
The Cardinals defense has been incredibly streaky during the first half of the NFL season. Last week they shut down the Texans, allowing zero points in the first half. The second half saw them blow a 21 point lead before finally ending the game with an impressive goal line stand.
Depending on what Cardinals' defense shows up in Seattle, Hasselbeck could be in for a long day. The ball-hawking Cards have shown a talent for creating turnovers and Hasselbeck has yet to finish a game against a tough defense this season. He threw 2 interceptions against the Rams and was knocked out of the game early against the 49ers. Last week Hasselbeck connected for four touchdowns, but against the lowly Jaguars. With his health issues and the Cardinals ability to pressure the ball, it is likely that Hasselbeck won't even play the entire game.
Normally Brees would be a top caliber start, but this week he squares off against the Giants. After starting the season off with 9 touchdowns in 2 games, Brees has cooled off from his scorching pace. The last two games Brees has come up empty on touchdowns and has thrown for less than 200 yards each time.
The Giants defense has yet to give up more than 200 yards passing in a game this season. In fact, opponents have averaged only 104.8 ypg in the air against them. Their ferocious rush will only add to Brees inability to pass. Owners with a viable backup should definitely look to that option instead of Brees for week 6. Expect Brees to break out of his funk in his week 7 match up against the Dolphins.
Schaub has been stellar throughout the first portion of the season. His ten touchdowns are tied for second overall. This week, however, he faces a resurgent Bengals defense on their home turf. Their defense has yet to yield more than one passing touchdown in a game and has picked off opposing quarterbacks four times this season.
Coming off a heart-breaking loss to the Cardinals, Schaub may be pushing too hard to win and will likely throw at least one interception. His ability to avoid the rush and tune out the home crowd will be crucial to reducing his mistakes. The Bengals have already sacked opposing quarterbacks 14 times in 2009, so Schaub will certainly face a tough test on Sunday.
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