Texans, Falcons both look to rebound

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) reacts to a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

The Matchup:Falcons (1-3) at Texans (2-2)

Date/Time/Where: Sunday, Oct. 6, noon, NRG Stadium

TV: KRIV, Ch. 26

What’s at stake: The Texans are coming off a disappointing loss to the Panthers which may have exposed some flaws, especially on the offensive side. The issues on the offensive line have been obvious, but a growing concern may be the lack of rhythm in the play calling. The Falcons, meanwhile, may have much bigger concerns as they enter this game on a two-game losing streak and with calls for Dan Quinn’s job. Matt Ryan and the offense have to get things turned around or the Falcons, who sit in last place in the NFC South, may face some changes sooner rather than later.

What to watch for:  Watson and receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller should be able to exploit the Falcons weak secondary if Watson can get enough time to find his open receivers. The Falcons have been able to get a pretty good pass rush up the middle Grady Jarrett and Tyeler Davison, which could be a major problem for the Texans because the interior of their offensive line has been suspect. Watson has been sacked 18 times and has taken 32 hits so far this season.

The bottom line: This is a virtual must-win for the Texans coming off a game they should have won easily against the Cam Newton-less Panthers. The Texans will be able to exploit the Falcons defense both through the air and on the ground for the win.