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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Pressure on Texans corners

By Paul Kuharsky

DETROIT -- If the Texans lose to the Lions today, I think two things will have contributed.

I think they’ll turn out to be tired from what they had to expend on Sunday to beat Jacksonville in overtime.

And I think Calvin Johnson will have to do damage for the Lions.

That will be easier because Houston is without the cornerback who would have tracked Johnson. Jonathan Joseph is out with a hamstring injury. Johnson will move around and surely draw primary coverage from Kareem Jackson, Joseph’s replacement Alan Ball and nickelback Brice McCain.

Detroit would be wise to test Ball, who is certain to have help. Houston will be hoping that Jackson gets a lot of time with Megatron. Jackson’s not just been much improved this year. Most of the time he’s been quite good.

Other notable inactives: running back Ben Tate, inside linebacker Tim Dobbins and nose tackle Shaun Cody. Justin Forsett will work as the second running back, Daryl Sharpton as a starting inside linebacker and Earl Mitchell as the starting nose tackle.