Can the Bucs stop the Houston Texans running game? That's the matchup that will decide this game. If the Bucs can slow down Arian Foster and Ben Tate, they can win this game. If they can't stop that zone-based run game, the Bucs have a major problem.
The key player? Albert Haynesworth. He's going to start, and he's going to be asked to get in the backfield and disrupt the Texans offense. Haynesworth has the talent to be good, but he hasn't shown the skills and effort in recent years. Is there any real reason to believe this will different for the Bucs?
On the other side of the ball, the Bucs have to get Legarrette Blount going and try to stick with running the football throughout the game. Having Josh Freeman continue his slow return to playing well would help too. Maybe this week Arrelious Benn can finally actually be involved in the game plan.