Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans roll into the nation’s capital as the second-hottest team in the NFL. Riding a six-game winning streak, the Texans have bounced back from a disastrous 0-3 start and threaten to run away with the AFC South title.
Other than New Orleans and their 8-game winning streak, no one is on a streak like the Texans. Some of their wins haven’t been pretty. They haven’t rolled over anyone and not every team they faced is a playoff-caliber opponent.
But after being written off by almost everybody behind a quarterback who could barely breathe as he played with bruised lungs, no one should want to take on Houston, especially coming off their bye week rested and healthy.
But… the Redskins will do just that. Their 6-3 record surprises many of their fans and detractors, too. Despite big losses to the Saints and Falcons, their defense is still ranked sixth in points allowed per game (19.6). In their other seven games, the Redskins defense gave up less than 14 points per game.
Last week, they held the powerful Tampa Bay offense to just 3 points. They stepped up big as their offense struggled behind a rebuilt offensive line and without their top receiver and third-down back.
Will Watson and the Texans show up with their high octane offense of 2017? Or will they struggle to score as they have in much of 2018?
Injuries and updates
The Texans come off their bye week and expect wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to play a bigger role.
Houston’s rookie, Keke Coutee, tells local writers he expects to play Sunday, too. He missed the Texans’ last game with a hamstring injury.
Linebacker Zach Cunningham is looking better and could return to action in Week 11.
For Washington, Chris Thompson remains questionable, as does wide receiver Jamison Crowder.
Tackle Trent Williams is trying to make it back, but fellow tackle Geron Christian’s season is over as he was placed on IR Tuesday.
Bill O’Brien continues to make the most of what he has in Houston. With a bye week to get healthier and incorporate new players into the system, Houston is set up to make a solid run in the playoffs.
Jay Gruden is coaching through some tough injury situations and still has the Redskins on top of the NFC East. His job gets safer with each additional W, especially under the circumstances he finds the team in.
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Who will win the Redskins-Texans game?
Both of these teams are surprising fans every week and look forward to making playoff appearances. But one of them has to take a step back this week.
Coming off a bye week can be a blessing or a curse. With their momentum slowed a bit by the week off, look for Washington to let the home crowd know they are for real in another defensive battle.