TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Reliant Stadium
Weather: High 87, Low 70
Line: Houston (-7)
The Houston Texans are the epitome of a struggling team right now. Matt Schaub has had one of the worst streaks of luck in the past few games, throwing a pick-six in four straight game — an NFL record. Schaub has been highly criticized through five weeks and the 2-3 Texans are looking for a way to end the seemingly increasing struggles. While Schaub has been playing below-average lately, the quarterback has still put up some solid numbers on the season, passing for 1,366 yards and eight touchdowns. Andre Johnson has been outspoken about not caring what the fans have to say about the quarterback change that’s been wanted, and of course he says that, he’s the top target on the team. Johnson has 37 catches for 407 yards but no touchdowns. Arian Foster has split some carries this season, but the running back has rushed for 390 yards and a touchdown.
While the Texans are struggling, the St. Louis Rams have just been awful through five weeks. There has been little to go right for the Rams as they are 2-3 with a struggling Sam Bradford at quarterback and absolutely no run game. Zac Stacey has taken over for Daryl Richardson at running back and if he continues to run for 5.5 yards per carry, Stacey will have no problem keeping his starting job. Jared Cook started the season red-hot at tight end, but has cooled off considerably since then. Catching 20 passes for 266 yards and two scores is solid, but most of those numbers came in a week one coming out game. In fact, he has just 13 catches for 125 yards and no scores since week one.
Defensively, the Texans have a hard time keeping teams out of the endzone, allowing the eighth-most points in the league with 27.8 per game. However, the defense ranks first in terms of total yards and passing yards allowed per game, giving up just 134 pass yards and 260 total yards per game. On the other hand, the Rams rank 23rd in the league in yards allowed per game including the fourth-most rush yards per game in the league.
PREDICTION: Rams 17, Texans 28