RTC: 49ers have high expectations, too

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ...

Greetings from San Francisco. Tonight the Texans will face the San Francisco 49ers in this week's Sunday night matchup. It's a long wait, so here's some reading material to occupy you through the slate of early games.

ESPN.com's Ashley Fox writes that Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is a throwback player, who cares more about what he can do for the NFL than what it can do for him.

The Houston Chronicle's Dale Robertson had the enviable task of flying West a few days early. He reports from Santa Clara, Calif., that a little over a week ago, it was the 49ers who were thought to be in the midst of a catastrophic season. They'll face a Texans team with the same record they have, and neither was supposed to be in this position.

The offensive line will be a little more whole tonight with the return of Duane Brown. But their depth is something to watch. Here, Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com examines it.

Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com offers this to-do list for the Texans.

Texans general manager Rick Smith isn't panicking after a 2-2 start, writes Brian Smith. It would be news if he were panicking four games into the season.