JPP sees nothing to worry about in Texans

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Houston Texans are 2-0 and the New York Giants are 0-2, but Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is sleeping comfortably this week.

When asked Thursday what concerns him most about the Texans, Pierre-Paul answered, "Nothing."

"I feel like we should be able to handle their offense, and nothing concerns me," he added.

The Texans are third-to-last in passing yards per game (172.5), but eighth in rushing yards (151.5), and lead the NFL in rushing attempts through two games (80).

Arian Foster is second in the league in rushing individually (241 yards), behind only the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray (285).

"Foster is one of the best in our league," Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. "Great vision -- it's unbelievable his vision, how he can see the small creases, his acceleration into those small creases, and then his ability to get yards in a small crease and move the chains."

The Giants have been pretty good against the run through two weeks -- 12th in the league, giving up 100 yards per game. Pierre-Paul, while known as a pass rusher, has been the second-best 4-3 defensive end against the run in the entire NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

"JPP, I thought he played really well last week in the ballgame -- not only in the run game, but also in the pass game," Fewell said. "He's had a great week of practice. So we just keep patting him on the butt and saying, 'Come on JPP!'"

Pierre-Paul did look like the JPP of old last Sunday -- the player who posted 16.5 sacks in 2011. He had 1.5 sacks against the Cardinals and was also credited with two passes defensed -- including one of his patented bat-downs at the line of scrimmage.

But he doesn't sound satisfied. "I am trying to get better," Pierre-Paul said. "I need to stop the run a little more. I need to get to the quarterback quicker. That is basically it. Chase the ball."

Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has yet to throw an interception this season. In fact, he hasn't even been sacked.

The Giants, on the other hand, have failed to force a single turnover in their first two games.

"We need turnovers," Pierre-Paul said. "Turnovers win games, especially if you’re on defense, and I’m a big part of that."

Fewell said forcing turnovers has been a big point of emphasis in practice this week.

"We had our hands on two balls last week, and we didn't come up with it," Fewell said. "Stevie Brown had his hands on a deep ball, and you expect him to come down with that one. [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] had his hands on a ball; you expect him to come down with it. We just haven't made our own breaks."

The Giants are hoping to change that come Sunday, and if they do, Pierre-Paul will likely be a big reason why.