5 NFL teams that must win in Week 2

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Wide receiver Cooper Kupp
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Wide receiver Cooper Kupp /
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HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Deshaun Watson
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Deshaun Watson /

1. Houston Texans

Backed by the home crowd and emotion of Hurricane Harvey, many expected the Houston Texans to come out firing on all cylinders in their home opener. Their performance in Week 1 was far from that. The Texans were absolutely embarrassed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 29-7 loss. Heading to Cincinnati on a short week for Thursday Night Football, the Texans need a win more than any other team this week.

On the offensive side of the ball, things looked atrocious. Lamar Miller sufficed for just 65 yards on the ground and the passing game was even worse. With starting left tackle Duane Brown still held out on contract talks, the offensive line was in shambles. The Jaguars had 10 sacks on the day and three forced fumbles. Things got so bad for Tom Savage in the first half that the Houston crowd was ringing out boos. He was eventually benched after the first half for rookie DeShaun Watson, who led the Texans on some decent drives, but still struggled.

The defense, which many consider to be one of the best in the NFL, had no answer to Blake Bortles and a rookie running back. Keep in mind, Bortles played so bad this preseason that he was in danger of losing the starting quarterback job to Chad Henne. This unit has to step up against the Bengals, especially now that linebacker Brian Cushing is suspended for at least 10 games. We saw Andy Dalton crumble under pressure against the Ravens last week and the Texans defense has the ability to do the same thing on Thursday night.

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After Cincinnati, things only seem to get worse. The Texans are on the road at the Patriots next week and then home against the Titans and Chiefs. From the way we saw them play in Week 1, the Texans could easily start off the season 0-5. A win Thursday night takes away that fear.