October 7, 2023, 11:05 pm
Houston Texans @ Atlanta Falcons Best Lines Available
Texans (+105) @ Falcons (-125): O/U 42.5 (-110)
Texans +1.5 (-110), Falcons -1.5 (-110)
Main Storylines to Watch
Is CJ Stroud battle-tested? Stroud has been looking like one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. He’s gone up against a lot of great defenses and he’s been able to carve them up like a pumpkin, but is this just beginners luck? This week he’ll have the chance to play another defense that isn’t exactly elite but is strong. If Stroud is able to get past this defense with a solid fantasy performance, there would be no reason to assume that he isn’t battle-tested. I would even consider him a lock as a top-12 finishing QB. I know that sounds insane but if he can get it done again this week, that can very much be the outcome.
Can Desmond Ridder get past this Texans defense? This Texans defense is amongst the best at defending the pass. Desmond Ridder is amongst the worst at passing the ball. This may be a matchup made in hell, but this would be a great game to give Ridder the benefit of the doubt. They get to play at home, they get a weak rush defense (which should help with opening up the pass game for Ridder) and he made Jonnu Smith relevant again. I don’t know if he’ll have the greatest of days against this defense, but what we’re looking for is a serviceable performance. If we get it, that means that we can continue to start the pass catchers in Atlanta, but if not, we may begin to drift away from them.
Is the Texans best rush defense their offense? The quick answer is yes. The long answer is probably yes. The thing that the Texans have on their side is their strong pass defense and their offensive abilities. The Texans have been playing with the lead in the last two games which means that teams are passing the ball against them more often. If the Texans can continue to keep that up, we may see the running backs come out of this game without a great performance. It’s the Texans though, anything can happen, and with the running backs that the Falcons possess, we can’t rule them out.
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