Thursday Night Football: Texans @ Eagles.

 

In Thursday’s late night match up on ESPN, the Eagles will look to bounce back from their 31-26 defeat to the Bears on Sunday night, whilst the forever inconsistent Houston Texans will aim to take themselves to a 0.500 record.

 

The major talking point since Sunday night refers to the conduct of Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who was involved in a shocking display of fisticuffs with Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Both players were fined $25,000, but surprisingly avoided suspension, providing a major boost to a Houston offense that might otherwise struggle in Philadelphia. This being as the Eagles have had a rather decent record against the rush for much of the season, which may provide a barrier to runaway league rushing leader, Arien Foster.

 
Foster has 1147 yards for the season on the ground, coupled with a connection with Matt Schaub through the air, which brought him 77 yards in receiving alone in the victory against the Titans on Sunday night. Foster may meet his match on Thursday night, however, as the Eagles only allowed an average of 73 yards per game before their defeat against Chicago (where they allowed 131).

 
A bigger test for the Texans will come in stopping Michael Vick. Despite becoming a fumble machine in recent games (with six in his last two match-ups), Vick has inserted himself into the minds of many experts for the season’s MVP award, despite not even playing for the entire season so far. When he’s not bombing passes through the air at an average of 308 yards per game, he’s running in touchdowns in his trademark fashion on the ground. Against a Houston defense that is the worst in the NFL for allowing touchdown passes, and 31st in the league for allowing passing yards, Vick could be in for a field day.

 
The Eagles have won both previous match-ups between the two sides, and will look to extend this run on Thursday to take them to 8-4 in the division. The Texans won’t see their challenge ended with defeat, but with the Colts heading to Dallas on Sunday night, a two-game gap would be opened up between the sides should the Texans lose.

 
Prediction: Eagles 28 Texans 14.

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