1. Matt Schaub
The Texans may be 9-1 but they struggled against a not particularly good Jacksonville Jaguars side last week. Matt Schaub came up with 527 passing yards, the second most in NFL game history, and a career best five touchdowns to drag his side to an overtime win. He showed in this game that he can perform when the pressure’s on, which is a good sign for the play-off bound Texans. If his side struggle again this week, expect Schaub to get the job done.
Here’s a video of Schaub taking an illegal hit from Denver Broncos’ Joe Mays during the Texans’ win earlier this season. He lost a piece of his earlobe as a result of this hit. This clip doesn’t show Schaub at his best but who doesn’t like a good hard hit clip?
2. Arian Foster
It looks every inch a Texans win in their match-up against Detroit, who look set to lose their ninth Thanksgiving Day game in-a-row. If Schaub can’t hurt them through the air then Arian Foster will get it done on the ground. The Texans’ running-back is averaging nearly 100 yards and has scored 12 TDs (ten running and two receiving).
Here’s a video of the best running-back in the league doing what he does. Which is mainly running fast whilst carrying a ball.
Robert Griffin III is the most exciting of this season’s rookie quarterbacks. He hasn’t led the Redskins to as many wins as Andrew Luck has with the Colts but he doesn’t have as good a team around him.
Griffin has thrown 12 Tds and just 3 interceptions this season but what makes him so dangerous is his ability to run the ball. He’s leading his team with six rushing TDs and has amassed 613 rushing yards this season. Dallas’ leading rusher this season is DeMarco Murray who has just 330 yards.
RGIII performs like a seasoned pro and is a threat through the air and on the ground. Dallas rarely win two games on the bounce and Griffin looks set to put up good numbers to keep his team’s play-off dreams alive.
4. No Gronk
Rob Gronkowski has been New England’s star receiver over the past season and a half, which is quite the achievement when you line up alongside the likes of Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez. The Gronk suffered a broken forearm during a specials team play with the Pats well clear at the end of last week’s game. Hernandez is expected to play but if he’s not fully fit the Patriots offence is going to be a lot easier to shut down.
Here’s the Gronk scoring two TD’s in the Pats win over the Rams at Wembley. As you can tell from his celebrations, he’s also a little crazy. And he sleeps with pornstars.
5. Jets Pass Defence
With Tom Brady’s options limited the Jets have a chance to shut-down the NFL’s most potent offence. Mark Sanchez may suck but the Jets can still get it done on the defensive side of things. They’re ranked 4th in the league against the pass, which is where the Pats are at their most dangerous.
If the Jets can force New England to run the ball they’ll have a chance of beating their bitter rivals after three straight losses against them.
Antonio Cromartie is the man most likely to pick off Tom Brady should the Jets get in his face and force a mistake. On a side note Cromartie has 12 kids by eight different women across six states. So he’ll probably need the bonus money for child support.