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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans: Lineups, analysis

Probable starters


WR: Mike Williams 19

LT: Donald Penn 70

LG: Ted Larsen 62

C: Jeff Faine 52

RG: Davin Joseph 75

RT: Jeremy Trueblood 65

TE: Kellen Winslow 82

WR: Arrelious Benn 17

QB: Josh Freeman 5

RB: LeGarrette Blount 27

FB: Erik Lorig 44


DE: Michael Bennett 71

DT: Roy Miller 90

DT: Brian Price 92

RDE: Adrian Clayborn 94

SLB: Quincy Black 58

MLB: Mason Foster 59

WLB: Geno Hayes 54

CB: Aqib Talib 25

CB: Ronde Barber 20

SS: Sean Jones 26

FS: Tanard Jackson 36

Special Teams

P: Michael Koenen 9

PK: Connor Barth 10

KO: Michael Koenen 9

PR/KR: Preston Parker 87

Texans offense

WR: Jacoby Jones 12

LT: Duane Brown 76

LG: Wade Smith 74

C: Chris Myers 55

RG: Mike Brisiel 65

RT: Eric Winston 73

TE: Owen Daniels 81

WR: Kevin Walter 83

QB: Matt Schaub 8

RB: Arian Foster 23

FB: James Casey 86


DE: J.J. Watt 99

NT: Shaun Cody 95

DE: Antonio Smith 94

LB: Connor Barwin 98

LB: Brian Cushing 56

LB: DeMeco Ryans 59

LB: Brooks Reed 58

CB: Kareem Jackson 25

CB: Johnathan Joseph 24

SS: Glover Quin 29

FS: Troy Nolan 33

Special Teams

P: Brett Hartmann 2

PK/KO: Neil Rackers 4

KR: Sherrick McManis 33

PR: Jacoby Jones 12

Stat pack

1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa | Radio: 620-AM, 103.5-FM | Line, O/U: Texans by 31/2; 451/2

The Bucs are coming off their second-poorest performance against the run this season, giving up 195 yards last week at New Orleans (better only than the 213 at the 49ers on Oct. 9). Today, Houston's dual rushing attack and timely passing game will provide another test.

Texans' best offensive player

Receiver Andre Johnson easily fits the bill, but he remains out with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Arian Foster, right, has established himself as one of the finest running backs in the game and has a chance to display that today. Oh, and his backup, Ben Tate, is not bad, either.

Texans' best defensive player

Pass-rusher Mario Williams is on injured reserve. But the presence of linebacker Brian Cushing, left, has been obvious to opponents. He leads Houston with 61 tackles and is perpetually around the football. Prediction Texans 24, Bucs 20

What the Texans do best

They run the football with authority, but they also are proficient at defending the run. With the fourth-ranked run defense, Houston has rendered standout running backs such as Darren McFadden (51 yards), Maurice Jones-Drew (63) and Chris Johnson (18) nonfactors in recent games.

You can beat the Texans if …

You make them one-dimensional. The Texans, for several years, were known for offensive imbalance. In games when they've reverted to that, they've lost. Quarterback Matt Schaub's two biggest games this season have come in losses to the Saints and Raiders.

The Bucs must avoid …

Too many three-and-outs. Tampa Bay has been unable to sustain many drives, and continuing that trend against Houston will mean fewer opportunities to keep the game close. The Texans lead the NFL in average time of possession (33.43).

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98.1 (24th)

155.1 (2nd)

132.4 (26th)

91.4 (4th)

266.5 (28th)

182.6 (2nd)

245.4 (11th)

238.4 (14th)

398.9 (29th)

274.0 (1st)

343.5 (15th)

393.5 (8th)

Injury report

BUCS Doubtful: DT Frank Okam (calf). Questionable: LB Dekoda Watson (groin). Probable: QB Josh Freeman (thumb), S Tanard Jackson (hamstring), WR Mike Williams (thigh), G Jeremy Zuttah (knee).

Texans Out: WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), S Danieal Manning (ankle). Questionable: CB Sherrick McManis (groin), NT Earl Mitchell (ankle), DE Antonio Smith (shoulder), T Eric Winston (back). Probable: LB Mister Alexander (shoulder), CB Jason Allen (knee), G Thomas Austin (knee), LB Connor Barwin (Achilles), LB Bryan Braman (thigh), G Mike Brisiel (back), T Duane Brown (shoulder), G Antoine Caldwell (ankle), RB James Casey (pectoral), NT Shaun Cody (back), LB Brian Cushing (knee, hamstring), LB Tim Dobbins (hip), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring, abdomen), LB Jesse Nading (shoulder), G Wade Smith (ankle), RB Ben Tate (foot, ankle), WR Kevin Walter (knee, ankle).

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