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That line will face an improving Houston defense. The Texans sacked Oakland’s Bruce Gradkowski four times last week, with defensive end Antonio Smith getting two.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had planned to talk to his older brother about attacking the Houston defense. Peyton Manning threw for 433 yards and three touchdowns in the Colts’ season-opening loss to the Texans.

“They’ve got a number of great players with great speed up the field,” Eli Manning said. “Especially if their offense can get a lead, those athletic defensive ends and defensive tackles are going to fly up the field and make it tough. We need to mix in ways to get the ball out quickly while also getting a chance to get the ball down the field.”

The Texans should get a boost with the return of linebacker Brian Cushing after a four-game drug suspension. Cushing had 133 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions last season to win the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and the Texans think he will help both the pass rush and a secondary that’s allowing a league-worst 338 yards passing per game.

“I don’t look at myself as a savior or anything, but I definitely think I can add a lot,” Cushing said. “I can add a lot of attitude, I can add a lot of just speed. It’s not a pressure on me, it’s something I expect out of myself.”