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|10-29-2014, 07:10 PM||#1|
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Texans look to slow down speedy Eagles offense
The Eagles' high octane-fast paced offense will give the Texans defense a true test this weekend.
"We have to have a lot of communication against guys like this with their high-tempo offense," Texans cornerback Kareen Jackson said.
The Eagles move the ball quickly, calling plays faster than most NFL teams. Eagles' Head Coach Chip Kelly's goal is maximize playcall quantity while wearing down the opposing defense. The Eagles rank 31st in the league in average time of possession (26:51).
"You don't have much time to breathe," Texans defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said. "After one play you have to be right back down in your stance and going."
With things moving at such a frenetic pace, it's the defensive lineman who are affected the most.
"We weigh a little bit more so I would say it has a little bit more of a toll on us," added defensive end J.J. Watt
The heavier Pickett will likely be more fatigued than usual going up against this offense.
"It's not a defensive lineman's favorite game with all the quick passes and the screens and tosses," he said.
The biggest asset to the Texans' defense may very well be the Texan offense. The longer the offense is on the field, the more rest the defense gets.
"We've gotta be able to control the tempo of the game," suggested center Chris Myers. "
The Texans are in the middle of the pack when it comes to time of possession. They've shown flashes of brilliance at times when it comes to controlling the clock.
"On our side of the ball, we just have to eat up as much clock as possible and keep them off the field," said offensive tackle Duane Brown.
Both sides of the ball will have to be ready if the Texans want to slow down these speedy eagles.
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