A podcast partner with Unwrap Sports by another episode is the Monday night preview show for Week one.
Two games tonight doubleheader.
The Houston Texans versus the new on the state's seventh said, and the Broncos versus the opening Raiders at 10 o'clock.
Don't go overboard for these games, you know, really good matchups.
Safe last since our favorite six and 1/2.
So pretty much a touchdown.
And you know the Texans sexes are 6.
5 underdog tonight against the Saints.
Let's go over some odds and keys to victory for both teams.
It's really just about protect him to Shana Watson.
No doubt about it.
No. Acquire their Army Tunsil.
And from a tray last week, bait on trade.
You needed him as a young player 25 years old.
You know the pair him up with Shawn Watson.
Have him 5 to 7 years. Very key.
Want to keep him up? Right? Don't have the same situation in Houston with David Car.
Back in the early two thousands where you didn't really have it, we'd never really got a chance to see how well he could be just because the old I was depleted, kept taking shots, and ultimately, ultimately, it led to him really being hurt.
There were 32nd in sacks allow last year was 63 is. That's unacceptable.
Some of some of that is Shawn's fault as well.
Sometimes he goes on to the ball a little bit tomorrow.
Try to make that play.
She doesn't have to necessarily do that.
You know, you get the ball out quick and I protect himself.
And and if he is gonna run, make sure he's sliding and just be a smart being. Smart.
You gonna happen throughout the whole season.
The opposite stories, A CEO and it's working season from from a practice.
But I just want to keep him out.
He's he's the French guys.
It is very important to keep him right.
Secondly, establish the run.
You know they have some handsome, really handsome studs on the outside.
But against the Saints, you have to be able to be ethical upfront.
Establishing established that that down this up front, trenches always where is going to start Guys like Carlos Hyde do Johnson.
They just got their rather took me fresh and running back, so it's gonna be interesting.
See how, how quickly they could learn the offense and really make an impact.
Tonight, we'll see what happens. I was a cop.
Carlos Hyde has got there last week.
Ought to be a trade.
And Duke Johnson as well, just just got there as well.
So you know, it's gonna be interesting.
I like the combo.
Carlos has more of a power back.
I can really go between tackles and Johnson or that third down past catching receiver past, catching, running back.
So, like how they complement each other.
And I think it's gonna be a really, really good offense and really get running back.
Do over for the Texans going forward, especially in that division.
So next topic is a question.
I had us walk ins.
I mean, uh, Hopkins, Hopkins stills and and, well, Father, is that the next wide receiver trio for Houston? In my opinion, I would say yes again.
Of course, it's really it really comes down to you protecting the Sean and so you could be able to get the boat of these guys over both of those guys.
03 of those guys are really good possession receivers.
Real father's move, the speedy guy.
Can he still be in the slot and obviously new new cock in.
So no one outside of the left side, just one of the best. Roberts.
He was an NFL between him.
Have you wanna rake it? In my opinion, I changed every day.
So, you know, you know, through those guys extremely dominant, I think that I think that could be extremely scary thing.
They could be scared to show the type of quarterback to give the different guys is not selfish from that.
From that standpoint, you know, obviously knew was gonna Obviously, that's gonna set up a lot of one on ones for stills.
And and we'll follow me so well from So how Well, for wilful there he had a great relationship with with Walk with Watson before, before he tore his a c e o.
And before watching.
So you see, I think I think it's gonna be interested.
Really A really good combo.
I was keeping it consistent.
Running game would be key.
The same Saints defense won the best defense in the league.
It's it's crazy.
A couple years ago, No one ever gone 797 and nine.
The offense was there just off.
The defense's wasn't able to complement that.
You bring in Dennis out and defensive defensive coordinator know now the offense and the defense are playing at a high level.
That's why you know, you start to see them have immediate playoff success.
Last year was a terrible call, but I think they obviously want to just move forward that they still have one of the best complete they had won the most complete. Ross is in the NFL.
So, uh, you know, just is gonna see the run game is Kiefer for all of these teams.
To be honest, I'm not sure how quickly Hide and and do Johnson are gonna gonna play. I don't know.
I don't know how how much they know about the playbook.
Obviously, Bill O'Brien's playbook is very complex, coming from New England background and in New England.
But bobela check tree.
So it's gonna be it's gonna be very interesting to see to see what happens with the Texans office.
But I do like I do like that wide receiver trio a lot.
Really? Do I might use them in Madden and a little bit on the p four on and see and see how it works out.
But I think I think tonight's gonna be a tough matchup.
Tough matchup, Saints defense.
You got some dogs, those men, and you can enjoy Cameron joining.
Let me touch where that's gonna be the match up to watch, in my opinion, on that left side.
And then they're gonna be going at it and of course, can Join is gonna move around the defensive line.
Yes, he has that fact.
He's one of the best pass rusher in NFL ever since he got in the league.
But they also have some some other guy's Sheldon Americans in the middle market data report.
I got it, They got it.
They got it last year.
I think he's nothing.
He's gonna have a great years well, again, from from Kansas, drawing double team to get those one on ones against guys that aren't necessarily the best offensive lineman.
So if you could dominate those guys and get to the pass rusher, they know they could be scarier.
Front saints have ah, saints have a dominant front seven.
You just drive just picked up.
Chico abounds with via trade after Mario Davis.
We've got too fast linebackers.
I could go Cylon, Cylon and also both of those guys could play all three downs.
Kiko, you know, he's He's been really good ever since.
Even even in Buffalo, she was really good.
I was always good.
Always this hard tackles every year in Miami played well.
He play also played well.
I think this is gonna be great.
There's not a great situation for him.
You could fit right in.
You know, Not not much.
Not much is expected.
Just just go out there and can play.
And I think just before his might have a good sophomore year. Yeah.
Yeah, I see you too.
You know, sometimes sometimes, you know, we look at look at these guys that come in a job.
They don't necessarily have a brief first year.
It's a learning process.
It's a learning process.
He wants to be great.
It's gonna happen for him.
I saw the interview with Camera Jordan a couple months ago.
He was on the Rich Eisen showing in the playbook, and he's gonna have a great year.
So I'm expecting great things from him as well.
And I think I think they're going up against his trio that Houston has.
I think the Saints have the, you know, some some really good D piece.
You got more emotional Lattimore stud catching Robinson.
You know, he was there originally, then left.
He's a really good nickel.
He's really good. Nickelback.
And then you also have Eli Apple as well.
Picked him up from the Giants last year.
So it needs He's improved.
He looks he looks really good.
Hey, it was good.
Anthony was good.
How you doing? Appreciate it, bro.
Appreciate it, man.
You like Apple did a great job last year, fitting right into the offense.
You know, I had a dollar for the season and, uh, on the Giants.
But again, it's just some situation.
Situation always helps and move through scenery.
I think he's gonna play a thing. Is gonna play well tonight.
The question is, who's gonna guard him? I think rational animal most likely play Hopkins for the majority of the game.
Of course they're gonna double him.
They have some really good safeties as well.
Marcus Williams, Mom Belle.
So it is gonna be a tough matchup for Houston to be able to get down the field, But I think I think they think they still put some points up.
They do have talent again, that that old line is going to be key.
But I think I think they do put some points up against the Saints, even those chains.
Defense is really good.
Let's look for some key victories for the Saints offense.
Give the ball to Tamara easily.
Got to give it to album.
You know, is that bell cow, you know, picked up.
Take this, Mary.
I think that was a great replacement.
Um Ingram last year again, I think I think he's gonna share the load.
A lot more thing is gonna be more that bell cow.
You know, even though he's a smaller back, I still feel like he has the strength and the way his friend his frame is.
I think he'd be able to carry the load in and have 304 3 103 25 touches in the year.
I think it's very possible for him to do that, But if that's not the case.
You have a guy like the tape.
Murray could be in the red zone.
Big body, back physical.
You know, just you know, it doesn't you know these more than one tackle to go down.
He's a really physical back.
He always please, always been a really good back when he was on the Raiders Vikings as well.
So that was a really great pick up champagne.
Have to be able to establish the run.
What, yourself to run.
Everything else falls alive from there.
Everything else closing on there, then you're gonna be able to give it to my Thomas.
And, you know, if they open up that play action, you could give it down.
You could throw down deep to detect again.
It's still, you know, still in his metal in his mid thirties, Still a burner.
I remember watching the hottest state like he was playing in college, still fast, just just dominant.
And we have a guy like Michael Thomas who's, you know, he's not.
He doesn't have deceptive speed, but he's, you know, his fashion still create separation.
His hands, obviously Ally's probably one of the best pass catching receives in the NFL.
I'll say I won't put him number one for me as long as Larry's to an NFL.
To me large one of the best hands life in jails have the best hands in the NFL, so he retires.
Then I think they know.
Go to tow the Andrea Hopkins and that Hot Hopkins and Thomas take it.
You know, they could share that craft the best hands off course, Odell Odell to just think on the other, more consistent or Della's probably probably better when it comes, respect catches.
But the catch the catch radius, for for my toughness and especially theater Hopkins is, is that it's more about still giving Larry Larry still the king.
And so, until he hangs it up, let's see another.
Can Jared Cook have a similar impact in the Saints offense? Jimmy Graham A few years ago.
Sure, I think so.
Another guy's a journeyman, has been a lot of teams, but he's always been productive.
You know, of course, is probably high life.
His career is obviously that that play against against the Cowboys and the playoffs.
A couple years ago, when they're about to go to the left and do it on the rope to the sideline.
Great play great play.
And you know, he's always had good hands.
Always been served serviceable.
This hasn't it Certainly found a true home the state for more than one year.
So hopefully maybe a New Orleans is This could be a home for him.
I think the offenses sets him up perfect perfectly again.
So he's gonna find is gonna find cook cooks a big body receiver thing is gonna think you really play impact in the red zone.
It is the saints.
The same too scary, the same too scary on duh.
But I think I think there's gonna big game Coach Lawrence, host of ah, Coach, Coach Law podcast.
He asked me, Can the Texans use their firepower? They have on offense, the new look a lot like we talked about.
It's a massive states explosive offense and a possible shoot out.
I think I think it's gonna be I think it's gonna be I think it's gonna be shoot up.
I think it would be a shoot out early and and then I think the Saints defense Will will step up and really, really stop.
Stop the Texans Awesome drives.
And I think that I think this thing's, I think the same.
Still have enough on both sides of your team to stop the show.
I'm not, You know, just just have an impact right now for the Texans to really establish that going to control time, China, time of possession because that's the thing when I look back in that same game against the Cowboys, the Cowboys did a great job of controlling the clock control, the time of possession, keeping the boil on Jupiter's his hands.
So you know that's that's that's the key.
To stop the same, you have to be able t eat up that clock and minimizes many possessions for two reasons possible.
And if you're able to do that, have a great shot to win.
If you're giving Drew Brees the ball, you know, you know, multiple times in the quarter, nine times out of 10 they're gonna go down the field.
You either through a quick drive or, you know, just, you know, a driver.
They have multiple players and they get downfield and still control the clock just want to get the ball out of reasons.
Keep it. Keep the ball on his hands as much as possible.
I was gonna come down to that.
That Texans defense is able to make some plays.
They obscene traded for, huh? Traded, traded Just a bee colony was a little interesting.
I'm not too sure.
What? You know what happened there? You know, not Not a lot.
Of course not. A lot of questions were answered.
Just it was a little way.
Obviously want to get his money, of course, But you know, he's in Seattle now.
I think this rate for him, it needed a pass rusher, obviously since he was a friend.
Clark Kansas City.
So it's a great pickup for for them and well, C J J.
Watt Joe What play? Well last year has won his first healthy years in a in a few years.
You know when when healthy right there is one of the best pass pass rushers defensive players in the NFL, you time defensive player of the year.
That's so early in his career.
You know, people forget about that because of the injuries he had recently.
I just wanted one of the best one of the best.
He's gonna He's gonna have a long night.
He's gonna have a long night and he's gonna have to be able to get to do breeze.
He's able to get the breeze on a consistent level.
I think the Texans have a shot.
Also looking forward to see you with the merciless as well he's gonna be able to get to that quarterback is gonna have to be that second guy Thio to capitalize on the double teams.
You know, they're gonna throw double teams, that jersey, whether or not Agent Wallace mixing up on the defensive line and not going up against different different matchups and weaknesses up past a soul, not even know that.
Seems old. Linus is amazing.
Never second in the league last year, sacks allowed with only 20.
I think I think the first team was the coat.
So, you know, they have a tough task ahead of them.
Well, who's gonna guard my Thomas? Oh, I mean, I got Bradley Roby.
John really good man to man backs.
So, you know, there that's that's gonna be also another rematch of looking forward to tonight.
You know, which one of those guys are gonna be able to, you know? You know, shut.
Essentially, I don't think nothing.
One of those guys, this thing gonna shut him down.
Isolation, beating the house and double team got.
I've got the Sean Gibson out.
That safety they're gonna But then when you do that is you got to check in on the other side.
So just that safe the way you were going to playing if you're playing the cover three left you that they have to play a lot of cover to a lot of cover for, because if they're playing cover three and you have again 20 other side, even against Bradley, he's gonna find them.
It's gonna be interesting is gonna mention to see how both of those cornerbacks playing against the scenes tonight I have the Saints winning 33.
24 have Texans Wouldn't get going again.
So I do have the same covered the spread, but I think I think they put up 30 there at home.
So, you know, You know, I guess rocking in the dome, so I don't think they're gonna lay down and just and then lose to the Texas on a Monday night.
It's first game of the year.
Obviously, it's the first game since the controversial call.
No call in that Ram's energy conference championship game.
So I'm pretty sure you know they want to start off the season, right? Dude, reason over.
It's pretty pink speeches.
Looking forward to that a little bit.
It's gonna be It's gonna be a great game.
I think it's a really great, really great first Monday night game.
I'm excited again. I'm also excited.
See the Texans? Well, Shawn Watson.
I really, really hope the offensive line is able to keep him up right now because you know, he's he's a special player.
I just don't want to see you again in the same situation.
You know what, did the card history a limit.
I want someone heading to have a long career.
I think they have a great shot in division.
You know, the Colts.
The courts have a great roster, but I think it's gonna be between those two teams, you know, even though I like Tennessee did yesterday against against the Browns again, they ran the ball play play defense, but I just think and they're gonna be right there as well.
I don't think the Jaguars now before being out, I don't think they have a shot.
It's gonna be tough for them, even though they have some really good players on both sides of the ball is about, but it's still about the quarterbacks.
At the end of the day, if you have, if you have a quarterback that could make more place, it is gonna be tough.
It's gonna be tough.
I think right now the Texans have the best quarterback in the division.
So even though the codes I feel like the courts have the best process, so it's gonna be between those two teams at the end of the year for that F C South title and then for the NFC South itself.
Tough Saints, Saints And I think the same.
Is it gonna win? I can't can't see.
But I talked about the Falcons offense yesterday really still stagnant.
I just I just don't know.
You know what's going on over there? Carolina, You know, for me, I don't want out.
I want a judge to quit, You know, they still put up 27 points against the Rams, which which is very impressive, and they're gonna be right there.
To me, it's between the Saints and the Panthers and South Prison.
But right now it looks like the same food will still end up being being groomed crop of that division for.
But again, I don't have the scenes with 33 24 second game, right between the Broncos and the Raiders.
It's been it's been a tough It's been a top two months have been attacked two months.
No dinner with a B situation, even though being the past man with the Raiders and that from that standpoint because, you know, with the helmet issue.
And you know, the defeat that froze my this feat, it was ambitions were it was just weird, I think.
Mike, may I? You know, I think they tried this upset.
You know, he was upset that the Raiders finding, but we have to show up to practice.
You can just you can not be at practice just because you don't have a helmet.
You have to at least be there.
If you're there you want, you wouldn't get fine.
So you knows it was It was It was.
It was It was difficult.
It was difficult for them.
But I'm pretty sure they're glad they don't have to worry about about a B for, you know, for the season.
I think they want to start fresh, a clean slate.
You know they have it.
They have a tough, tough matchup tonight against against Denver, there has a really good defense.
Obviously, big Man Joe is the head coach now, one of the best defensive minds in the NFL Post.
Guys like a Patrick Willis and obviously Khalil Mack last year, and Elvis does other seven probe 78 Pro Bowls that the Bears had last year.
I think the same thing happens from Denver as well.
They've always had a great defense.
It always ran the ball.
Philip Lindsay and Royce Freeman.
I think that's a phenomenal running back duo.
I thought I thought Freeman would be the Belle calling first, but, you know, he kind of got Nick where injuries and Lindsay just took off.
They're so I really like that.
Like that running back that the Broncos have it's really just is gonna come down to the quarterback.
And that's always been the question with the Broncos.
Ever since they got rid of Manning, you know, do they have? Can they find the quarterback that can make plays? Also, not.
Turn the ball over and make it tough on that defense, because again, you want to make sure that defense is fresh and ready to have some stones over there.
Bradley, Chub Miller, Chris Harris Jr So they don't ask.
That's a really good player.
So big fan Joe's gonna set up a great scheme for those guys.
So just, you know, it's really up to Flacco, too.
You know, Can can he? Can you show us some type of the flashbacks of, Oh, back when he was on the Ravens and you know he had a The Broncos in the divisional round was a division I think was a wild car roll call around.
You need to do that bomb, said Jacoby Jones.
Can Can we see that from Flacco again? We'll find out, but I think again I still think they're gonna establish the run, get the run going and then from there, set up the play action.
Give the guys I called the Senate call the sudden Emmanuel Sanders.
I think I think the Broncos are gonna win this game as well.
The Father Raiders.
The rate is really young, but I am interested in seeing you know, the young guys that they acquired in the draft.
You had three first round picks and trading Khalil Mack, Mark Cooper.
So Josh Jacobs, Clinton, Pharaoh Johnson a broom.
You know, I mean this.
I mean, this is why this is why this is why they treated those those those does.
And right now, both of those guys looking amazing on the teams and the cowboys in the bear.
So, you know, I always say it's pressure, but you know, when you when you you know when when you move on, you move away from those guys.
Allowed is expected.
So we're looking forward to see how Clinton fellow players before to see how Josh Jacob plays as well.
She's going to be that number one receiver for for the Raiders now, with a baby no longer being there.
You know, if your fantasy guy I would definitely pick him up, he should definitely get the ball a ton a ton now.
Derek Carr was gonna go to him a lot.
Also, Hunter Hunter Renfroe as well has always been a certain serviceable wide receiver.
That a gentleman type for a car? Possibly.
You know, Clemson claims and days him to Shawn Watson.
He always had a great connection.
So, you know, he's always serviceable.
Great hands being the slot about runner.
See that? I appreciate it. Perry.
Appreciate that, man.
Yeah, I think I think Renfro's gonna have a great impact on catch a lot of balls now, it's gonna cost a lot of balls, Especially again, especially a BB in there is and really make a name for themselves.
So we're gonna see what happens with the with the Raiders with waiters write outs.
If there's a tight ends there, Walter, you know he's all right.
I just I just don't see the offense really, really clicking right now, especially especially against the Broncos defense is just just too formidable. Too formidable.
He's got Trent Brown was a great pickup.
They're gonna be in the patch, man at the plate, read and talk for a slash record.
You recognize raiders from the shop.
Um, see, I don't know.
I mean, I'll say, I'll say I'll say I'll say like enough for 12 5 11 range is really tough time right now.
It's tough to tell right now.
Just they don't have that.
There's still a very young team is still a very young team.
I think, you know, But we're good.
And being that 10 years, I think this is gonna be a school of a process.
It's not really a right right right now, moment.
So, you know, you know, a couple, these young guys to really play well, make an impact early.
I think we have a transition to Vegas.
I think I think that could have them going forward.
I think right now, still gonna be a struggle.
Group is still establishing the identity for the team.
So I think they've got a strong I'll say I'll say foreign 12 5 11 around around that ridge.
Manages is this is gonna be a struggle.
But I think I think in due time I like May, AKA Lot.
I've always watching me on an NFL network.
So you always most most players in those players and ruin obscene those players as well.
And I think I think that I think that matchup, that pairing that quarterback.
I mean, head coach Dan Parent is really good with ancient officer to hit a bump in the road, baby.
But I think I think they're clean or some.
I think they have some steaks and go to the young guys.
It's not the wrong with that, But that's a lot of people say that, you know, they should move away from Derek Carr this year.
He doesn't play well.
We have to see we have to see it.
He doesn't necessarily have the weapons to really, you know, you know, judging Judge judge in that. Highly.
I think that I think he's still a really good quarterback.
He was hurt when he had especially ended up getting hurt.
You still have some good weapons.
I like their cars.
A good quarterback watching, watching hard knocks, seems like a really good leader.
Seems like guys that people really lean on.
The group seems to like him a lot, so I think they'll be fine and going into Vegas.
You don't wanna have you don't wanna have.
You know, you don't have unknown there.
You don't want that.
Obviously, you move into a transition to a new location.
You wanna have a least ownership? Is there, Mark? Devious GM is there.
May are obviously routing information quarterback a lot.
03 of those Four of those things are aligned, regardless of any team that you have a great shot was looking.
Even though they don't have a GM by the checks of GM.
But craft by the Czech Brady, you know, that's that's the form letter to start a franchise, offer it off if you have those four things in place before those things are checking, look at the Eagles as well.
Just Laurie, Jessie, Marie, Howie Roseman, Doug Peterson.
And then you have.
And then you have Carson wins.
It is the same thing is that's that's the trend in the NFL, you know, check the boxes and awful for mine.
So I think the Raiders, I think there is there on the right track on the right track.
But I think we share the struggle.
S So my prediction for this game have the Broncos.
I haven't haven't been in the twenties You know, I just I don't know what Flacco we're gonna get.
That's the thing.
Like, get flaco of old.
You know, that could possibly put up 30.
It's very possible.
Have some medical secrets.
And Emmanuel Sanders is great.
Great water, See record.
The sudden I think I'll never break out year.
It was really good.
Ask him, you now.
I think this is the third year now, So they acclimated to the offense.
He understands he understands in Rome.
Now it's gonna be that big body of this democracy, especially in the red zone.
Thing's gonna be agreed, Agree? Got to go to for Five Flags and go to him a lot.
And he's gonna get a lot.
It's a lot of one on ones, obviously.
Team's gonna double meaning. Sanders.
That really big ear.
So I'm pretty sure guys in the fantasy the flags will come off the bench.
I like I like him this year as well.
It's the defense's Yes, Derek Wolf coming back there.
Wolf is their job, You know, another bomb I heard my mother talk about You might go for 30 sacks.
I don't know about that.
But you know, he keep, Could he? He has a shot.
He had a shot at going after the record, for sure.
I think it's very possible the opposite in the record 22 a half, he has, uh, he has a shot.
I mean, it is tough.
How teams team game plan for these elite pass rushers is where they're gonna be difficult.
I think you know, if anybody if anybody has it, has the best shot is gonna be a guy like Donald just because he's on the inside.
It's really tough to double three.
Technique like that can really help.
You can't keep running back to trip, but it's just it's just different.
It's just different to really double team a guy and in the middle like that.
We did a great job doing it, but you just you're not gonna be able to do that every every game.
Obviously, you know, he still ended up 20 and 1/2 sacks last year.
So and you know, the religious they're you know they're doing, they're just they're just different.
So I think I think that will have the best shot out of anybody but Mac Miller.
What could still do it? What I almost did a couple a few years ago before you point the injury start to come along.
So you know that there's some guys that could definitely go after St Ann's.
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