Houston Texans Daily Roundup: Is a 7th straight win obtainable?
It is time for the Houston Texans to face the Washington Redskins in Week 11. Here are headlines for today.
The Houston Texans are rested and ready for the Washington Redskins this Sunday in Week 11 as the Texans will come off their bye week with a road game against the NFC East leaders. The Texans are leaders of the AFC South, and both have 6-3 overall records, making for what could be a very tough game for both sides.
The Redskins have gained their 6-3 record a little differently than the Texans have, as Washington has won four of their past five games, while the Texans have won six straight games. Though they’ve reached the same overall record, the two team going into Week 11 are different in their styles as the Texans rely on the play of the defense and even their quarterback to be at a high level, while the Redskins have a good defense, but their running game is one of their strengths.
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For the Texans, Deshaun Watson will be facing a Redskins defense that is ranked 25th in the NFL with 270.1 yards allowed per game and 17th overall in yards allowed at 361.0 yards per game against the opposing offense. That is music to the ears of the Texans as they rely on their passing game for success, especially with DeAndre Hopkins having 63 receptions for 894 yards (14.2 yards per game) this season, followed by Keke Coutee who has 21 receptions for 196 yards in four games played.
It was also be exciting to see where Demaryius Thomas is within the Texans offense with another week to learn the system of the Texans. Thomas in his one game with the Texans had three receptions for 61 yards, including a 31-yard reception.
A lot will take place from now until the kickoff on Sunday in practices, but in looking at how the teams have played as of late, the Redskins allowed over 500 yards of offense against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10 and still won. The Texans have a good opportunity to have a big game offensively as Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar is listed as out for the upcoming game according to his ESPN stats page.
Here are some headlines for the Texans this week:
• Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com wrote about how Texans head coach Bill O’Brien respected Redskins running back Adrian Peterson, quoting the head coach in a recent article:
"“He’s one of the best to ever play the game, so it’s going to take everything we have to have a chance to stop him.”"
O’Brien is correct about Peterson and the Texans can not take the veteran running back lightly because he’s having a resurgence to his career this season and has been fun to watch. The Texans are capable of stopping him with their defense, but it will be hard work to do so.
• Anthony R Wood of Texans Wire of USA Today wrote about the return of injury for linebacker Zach Cunningham who is having a great season thus far. Wood wrote:
"“He suffered a somewhat slow start to the season and was exposed in pass coverage on multiple occasions early on, but has more than made up for those mistakes since and is developing into a fantastic young linebacker.”"
It has been fun watching Cunningham improve this season and have the overall season he’s had thus far. For Week 11 it will be exciting to see how Cunningham has recovered from his injury and to see if he’s able to keep the pace he’s built thus far in 2018.
• Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle wrote about how Tyrann Mathieu said the Texans are in position to “be frontrunners.” Wilson quoted Mathieu in an article:
"“I think we’ve put ourselves in a position to really be the frontrunners of the division. The Colts are playing really well, the Titans are playing really well. I think it’s important for us to kind of realize where we’re at but also keep our foot on the pedal.”"
The battle for the AFC South title is in the hands of the Texans and it is very simple, if they keep winning and defeat opponents within the division, they can make the playoffs. With seven games left in the regular season the Texans are in a good spot and it is up to them to keep winning games and playing solid football.
• Tweet of the Day
Not making turnovers is key for any football team, but especially it has been key for the Texans as they have gained wins in all of those games. Turnovers can really hurt teams, but if the Texans can keep a close pace like this for the rest of the season, more success will come.