1. Can the Houston Texans slow down Lamar Jackson?
The Houston Texans defense is getting healthier and playing better at the right time. Still, after struggling with Lamar Jackson in week one, it is fair to wonder how many other quarterbacks this unit has seen that are nearly as good.
First, they faced Anthony Richardson, who had two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter. Then, they faced Trevor Lawrence twice, Kenny Pickett, Desmond Ridder, Derek Carr, Bryce Young, Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, Zach Wilson, Will Levis, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco twice, and Gardner Minshew.
The only real comparable quarterback is Kyler Muray, fresh off an ACL injury, and he had 51 rushing yards and a touchdown to go with 214 passing and a touchdown. He completed over 66% of his passes. They also faced Joe Burrow, who had 347 passing yards and even added 20 on the ground.
They shut down a lot of the weaker quarterbacks in the NFL. Even in the playoffs, we had to know that the Flacco balloon would burst. Now, they get Lamar Jackson. Jackson needs to show what he can do in the playoffs, and this defense can be picked apart. Can he dominate the Houston Texans?