Aug 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Chargers quarter back Philip Rivers (17) in the first half of a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Will Have Hands Full With Texans Defense

Here are a couple more questions that I sent over to Stephen Forsha over at Toro Times:

How bad will you guys miss Ed Reed and Antonio Smith on defense?

I think the Texans will miss Smith more than Reed in the opener. Reed hasn’t taken a snap ever with Houston, but with Smith, losing one of the starting linemen on the team affects the entire defense, that could allow the Chargers to key in on J.J. Watt a little more without the Texans full strength on the defensive line.

Losing Reed does hurt as he was going to be a big veteran presence on the defense, and not having on the field in Week 1 will be a plus for the San Diego Chargers.

What is the strength of the team?

A strength of the Texans, I feel, is their defense with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, along with the return of Brian Cushing and a host of others. This defense could have a big game in the opener against a Chargers offense looking for an a new start, in a new system and a QB that we don’t know has seen his best days already. The defense seems motivated headed into the season.

That Houston Texans defense is a force to mess with. J.J. Watt scares the crap out of me. He will line up against the rookie D.J. Fluker or on top of Jeromey Clary. How does that sound to everyone? Sure Antonio Smith will miss the game and we can put more focus on Watt, but Watt is a monster.

Ed Reed could be back for the game, but they still are learning what they have with him on the roster in the first place. Still, we have seen him do work in Baltimore and we know that it is better that he is on the sideline.

We will have our hands full with this defense. Hopefully Philip is prepared for it.

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  • tubbs45

    There a storm coming… I hope to hell Fluker and Clary can hold them off!! It will be the first real test….

  • arnie

    Sounds like we’re going to find out if The Chargers have “No O-line” as the pundits say, or Fluker, Clary, Dunlap, Rinehart and Hardwick are make a lot of people look real stupid. Except for Jamie Dukes, who isn’t on that band-wagon.

  • Ioane

    H 2010/11/07 Houston Texans 23 – San Diego Chargers 29
    A 2007/10/28 Houston Texans 10 – San Diego Chargers 35
    H 2004/09/12 Houston Texans 20 – San Diego Chargers 27
    A 2002/09/15 Houston Texans 3 – San Diego Chargers 24

    Like Said, Chargers match up well with the Texans.

    • Gunnar Martin

      That was before JJ Swatt and Arian Foster though…

      • boltingindiego

        and wade phillips who is an excellent d coordinator.

        • Gunnar Martin

          Exactly. And Cushing, Duane Brown, Johnathan Joseph. I could go on and on.

  • Gunnar Martin

    As much as I’d like to, we can’t just run to the opposite side from JJ every play. We’re gonna have to take it to him. Will he be lining up across from Fluker or the King?