The San Francisco 49ers defense has a big task ahead of them in Week 5’s Sunday Night Football as they face a tough Houston Texans offense. The Texans have great players on their offense in quarterback Matt Schaub, runningbacks Arian Foster and Ben Tate and veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson. The big concern for the 49ers defense should be the two running backs.
The Texans are just as great of a running team as San Francisco if not better because they have two starting running backs. The defensive line for the Niners will have to play as disciplined and as physical in this game given the stakes of this game at Candlestick Park. All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman should have a big game because Patrick Willis may not play and he is a specialist in run defense.
Though discipline will be key, they also need to be aggressive with blitzing. Schaub is not the most mobile and athletic quarterback and has had some late game mistakes that have cost the Texans a few games in the past. The defensive secondary will have to double team wide receiver Johnson because of his big-play ability. Cornerback Carlos Rogers will need to try to bump Johnson at the line of scrimmage while rookie safety Eric Reid covers him over the top. Though veteran safety Donte Whitner has been a staple on that defense, Reid is much more athletic.
This defense may have to also get some turnovers to give their offense the short field. In the 49ers two losses, the defense got the ball moved on them because of the lack luster performances of the teams offense.