Tampa Bay was gashed by the normally pass-happy New Orleans Saints last week for 195 yards, a stat the Bucaneers are convinced Houston will take note of. Speaking to the Tampa Tribune, the Bucs defense are aware that the Texans will try to control the game early with the run:
Houston RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate each ran for more than 100 yards in Sunday's rout of the Browns and are among the NFL's top 10 rushers. The AFC South-leading Texans, who average 155.1 yards rushing, have won three straight.
"I think they're coming in hot," DT Frank Okam said. "Arian and Ben Tate have been a dynamic duo back there. They're playing (with) one of the top offensive lines in the league as a unit right now. It's definitely going to be a challenge."
Sunday's game against Tampa will be the second of four match-ups between the Texans and the NFC South. Houston lost at New Orleans on September 25, and will host Atlanta and Carolina in the next five weeks.
Time, date: Sunday, November 13, 12 Noon CT
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Coverage Map: The506.com
Radio: 100.3 KILT, Sirius 117