We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the Houston Texans.
Week 11 November 18, FedEx Field
2017 Texans: 4-12, T-third in NFC South
Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 8.5
Early line: Redskins +3
Key additions: S Tyrann Mathieu,
Key losses:S Marcus Gilchrist, LB Brian Cushing
Notable: Quarterback Deshaun Watson is likely to be healthy for the start of the season after missing the last nine games of the season with an ACL injury. They also will get back DE J.J. Watt, who missed the last 11 games with an injury.
- Without Watt and DE Whitney Mercilus, who also missed the final 11 games, the Texans scoring defense dropped from 11th in the league to 32nd. Will they rebound with the return of the two linemen and the addition of Mathieu?
- Watson sure looked like he was the real deal last year, but six starts is a small sample size. Does he stay at the same high level?
The all-time series is tied 2-2; the Redskins won the first two times the teams played, and Houston has taken the last two.
The first time: December 22, FedEx Field—In their first meeting with Houston, the Redskins prevailed 26-10. Rookie quarterback Patrick Ramsey threw a pair of touchdown passes and running backs Kenny Watson and Ladell Betts each ran for over 100 yards. They became the first pair of Redskins backs to top the century mark in the same game since 1985.
The last time: September 7, 2015, NRG Stadium—This was Jay Gruden’s first game as the Redskins’ head coach and things did not go well. Washington took an early 6-0 lead on a Darrel Young touchdown run, but the Texans responded with two touchdowns in a two-minute span late in the second quarter. Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense couldn’t respond, and Houston prevailed 17-6.
The best time: September 24, 2006, Reliant Stadium—Mark Brunell set an NFL record by completing 22 consecutive passes, but it really was the running game that led the Redskins to a 31-15 win. Ladell Betts rushed for 124 yards on 16 carries. Clinton Portis popped up the middle for 30 yards and a touchdown just before halftime. That was part of a 31-0 scoring run after the Texans had taken an early 7-0 lead.
The worst time: September 19, 2010, FedEx Field—A pair of Clinton Portis touchdown runs, and a Chris Cooley touchdown reception had the Redskins up 27-10 late in the third quarter. Their win probability after the Cooley catch was 98.8 percent but they couldn’t seal the deal. The Texans battled back and tied the game on Andre Johnson’s leaping touchdown reception with two minutes left.
The Redskins had a couple more chances, but they punted near the end of regulation and Graham Gano couldn’t connect on a 52-yard field goal try in overtime. After that miss, the Texans drove and Neil Rackers’ 35-yard field goal gave them a 30-27 win.
Redskins schedule series
- Week 10 vs. Buccaneers
- Week 9 vs. Falcons
- Weeks 8 & 14 vs. Giants
- Weeks 7 & 12 vs. Cowboys
- Week 6 vs. Panthers
- Week 5 @ Saints
- Week 3 vs. Packers
- Week 2 vs. Colts
- Week 1 @ Cardinals