The Houston Texas won’t be playing in Week 10, but after Sunday they will be back to normal while still in first place in the AFC South.
Finishing the bye week for Week 10, the Houston Texans will be getting back to normal on Monday, but before that happens it should have been a good week to heal up — especially for starting quarterback Deshaun Watson. Even better, it should have been a great week for newly acquired wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to memorize the playbook even more.
A lot of good things have happened for the Texans during their current six-game winning streak, but once Monday arrives it will be time for the team to get ready for a road game against the Washington Redskins, who have a 5-3 overall record before their game Sunday at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Speaking of playing the Redskins in Week 11, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle looked ahead to the next opponent of the Texans in a recent article. McClain wrote of the Redskins and their running back Adrian Peterson:
"“It’s going to be fun to watch the Texans against Washington running back Adrian Peterson, who resides in Houston and made no secret in the offseason about his wish to play for the Texans.”"
Going into Sunday’s game, Peterson has 136 rushes for 64 yards and four touchdowns, as the veteran running back is rushing for 4.4 yards per carry this season. The Texans native is in his 11th season in the NFL and has had a nice year of resurgence. Peterson has just one fumble, so when he faces the Texans next Sunday it will be a great battle for both parties.
"“We’re winning because we’ve got a great group of guys, great leadership in the locker room. So it’s all about staying positive and eliminating bad football.”"
What the Texans have done after going from 0-3 to 6-3 this season, they have shown the team has great leadership from their teammates and there must be a lot of positivity within that locker room because of the recent success. When Week 11 arrives it will be exciting to see how this team responds after a week of rest.
• House of Houston — a FanSided web site — asked a question in a recent article by Kenneth Cline about how much will Thomas add to the offense? The article stated:
"“Thomas was brought in was not only to provide an extra arsenal for the offense. But also to help push Hopkins. When you think about Hopkins, he is arguably the best receiver in the game.”"
From this point forward it will be exciting to see how Hopkins and Thomas help each other become even stronger players for the remainder of the season. Hopkins already plays at a high level, but with another high caliber player on the opposite side of the offense with him, the already Top 5 receiver in Hopkins will be even better than he already is.
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The numbers brought to the Texans from Tyrann Mathieu have been excellent to see, as his career-high in interceptions and fumble recoveries through the first nine games have been helpful. The Texans in their past six games have shown they can win games in varying ways, and Mathieu has been a big part of those wins.