Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) reacts after throwing an interception during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans vs. 49ers: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Time and Predictions

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Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) reacts in the fourth quarter as blood drips down from his nose against the Seattle Seahawks at Reliant Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Houston Texans 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a battle of 2-2 teams hoping to reach the playoffs for a third straight season as the Houston Texans will visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

The 49ers will be on 10 days rest after beating the Rams least Thursday. Meanwhile, the Texans are coming off an overtime loss against Seattle in which they blew a 17-point lead. Will a bad performance officially turn all of Houston against Matt Schaub? We’ll have to wait and see.

Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

When: October 6, 2013, 8:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, Game Rewind

 

Texans Player to Watch: Andre Johnson

Sep 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) catches a pass in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M

He wasn’t fully healthy last week and he still had a decent game against the vaunted Seahawks secondary. Things don’t get much easier against San Francisco. Carlos Rogers will likely be on him all game, and rookie safety Eric Reid is quickly becoming yet another star on the 49ers defense. Johnson has often helped out Schaub simply with his ability as a receiver and he will have to do that again Sunday.

 

49ers Player to Watch: Frank Gore

Sep 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) rushes for a 34 yard touchdown run against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Gore had easily his best game of the young season in Week 4, running for 153 yards and scoring a touchdown. The Niners will look to feed Gore early and often, especially with the likelihood of Texans star linebacker Brian Cushing out for the game. Against an aggressive Houston front four, Gore could also be a huge factor in the passing game as well.

 

Matchup to Watch: J.J. Watt vs. Colin Kaepernick

Sep 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) tries to elude Indianapolis Colts defensive end Fili Moala (95) in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

With 25 tackles and 3.5 sacks, reigning DPOY Watt is on his way to another great year, but can he and the Texans D-Line contain Kaepernick? One of Watt’s signature moves is his ability to bat down passes at the line of scrimmage, something that rarely happens to Kaepernick. Facing such a mobile quarterback, Watt may not be able to pass rush as aggressively as he wants. But hey, he and the Houston D were very good against the similarly mobile Russell Wilson last week.

 

Prediction

For a talented team widely assumed to be in the playoffs again, the Texans are close to being 0-4. Both wins were come-from-behind escapes against San Diego and Tennessee. The Niners offense got back on track in Week 4 after two horrible showings before that, and they should be able to at least run the ball against a Houston D that gives up the least yards per game through the air. At the end of the day, can you really trust Matt Schaub on the road in a primetime game? Didn’t think so.

49ers 27, Texans 17 

 

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Tags: Andre Johnson Arian Foster Colin Kaepernick Frank Gore Houston Texans J.J. Watt Matt Schaub San Francisco 49ers

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