The Giants will need all hands on deck this week if they hope to stop a Texans running attack that features Arian Foster, one of the toughest backs in the league. During his first two games (both Houston wins) this season, Foster has already rushed 55 times for 241 yards and a robust 4.4 yards per carry.
The problem for the Giants is that they will be short one of their most productive linebackers on Sunday. That’s because Jon Beason injured his foot last week against the Cardinals and is going to be inactive when Houston comes to town. Beason and the Giants are fortunate that the injury isn’t worse than it appears to be.
“It’s feeling better, surprisingly better, I would say.” Beason told reporters on Thursday. “In the game I stepped on someone’s foot and it felt like… I felt a pop. It scared me right away, we went and got some pictures, but it’s feeling a lot better right away, so it’s an indication that it’s probably just scar tissue moving.”
With rookie linebacker Devon Kennard also out with a hamstring issue, we’re likely to see a lot more of Spencer Paysinger on Sunday than we’re used to. Veteran free agent import Jameel McClain will take over the middle linebacker role vacated by Beason, while Jacquian Williams will probably continue working on the weak side.
Beason saw a specialist on Friday and could be back in the starting lineup sooner rather than later.
“Now I have to kind of wait and see, but based on how I feel, I want to make sure everything’s good and we’ll determine when is a good time to come back.”
If the Giants are able to stop the run without Beason in the middle, they stand a good chance of defeating Houston and getting in the win column for the first time this season.