Texans have firepower to stay afloat without Johnson

Posted Oct. 07, 2011 @ 3:39 p.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

The Texans will miss WR Andre Johnson, out for at least the next three weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in Week Four. But they have been without their top wideout before. Houston had a 2-1 record in Johnson's absence last season, and gained nearly 60 more yards per game without him in the lineup. Jacoby Jones, who reeled in 10 catches for 185 yards and showed more focus when in the starting lineup in place of Johnson in Weeks 16 and 17 last season, again will get the nod. The Texans will continue to lean on their exceptional offensive-line play and rushing attack, but they have enough firepower through the air to survive in the short term without Johnson. TE Joel Dreessen is expected to be on the field more, plus FB James Casey has added another dynamic element to the Houston passing attack.