2. Just let Drew Brees be Drew Brees
Again, this sounds completely cliche and I am okay if you want to call me out for using another cliche reason, but in this situation, it fits. While the Houston Texans were great last year, they really did not face many tough quarterbacks, and when they did, the defense did not do great.
The four most challenging games in term of opposing quarterback play last season came against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (twice), and a vintage playoff-like Nick Foles game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
In those four games, the Texans allowed, on average, 28.5 points. Sure, good quarterbacks are always going to put up more points but the Texans did not show even the slightest signs that they could stop great quarterbacks.
And as we all know, Drew Brees is a great quarterback. There is no reason to get particularly cute with the gameplan or even rely solely on the running game. Just keep it simple for Week 1 and let Drew Brees make things happen.
Because at the end of the day, we have no reason to think that the Texans’ defense can keep up with an elite quarterback like Brees. If it isn’t broken then don’t fix it.