Redskins vs Texans: It’s Week 11 and the NFL playoff field is coming into shape and Sunday marks a matchup between two first-place teams, the Houston Texans and the Washington Redskins.
The Texans, who are coming off a bye, have been on a rampage of late as they have won six straight to position themselves atop the AFC South. They are the second team since 1970 to start the season 0-3 and then win six consecutive games. Houston is also one of nine teams that is still in the playoff hunt that did not make the playoffs last season.
Deshaun Watson has turned it up a notch lately and has not thrown a pick in the last three games. In the Week 9 win over Denver, he completed 17 of 24 passes with 213 yards and two touchdowns. However, his offensive line has struggled as he was sacked four times in the same game, continuing the concerns of the Texans offensive line play.
On Nov. 4, DeAndre Hopkins recorded 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown against Denver. It marked his fourth game since 2017 with 10 catches, 100 yards receiving and a touchdown – the most in the NFL. And of course, when discussing the Texans, you can’t not mention J.J. Watt who has 85 sacks in his first 97 career games – only Reggie White as more. The defensive end is also tied for fourth in the league this season with nine sacks and is one of three players with at least eight sacks and 10 tackles for a loss.
The Texans will definitely have their hands full with the Washington Redskins, who are 4-1 in their last five games. Along with Houston, Washington did not make the playoffs last year and is now first in the NFC East. However, the Redskins are winless against the AFC this season and will look to expand on their 3-2 record at home.