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