Washington Redskins at Houston Texans - 9/7/14
Washington Redskins (3-13) at Houston Texans (2-14)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (NRG Stadium)
The Line: Houston Texans 0 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds
The Texans look to right the ship after dropping their last 12 games of the season a year ago and they start 2014 at home against the Redskins.
The “Washington’s” as many are referring to them as until a decision is made on the use of the team name “Redskins” is settled are looking to get back in the playoff fold this season after a disappointing 2013 that saw them finish at 3-13 and in the basement of the NFC East. Washington is trying to reload instead of rebuild after what they feel is an aberration last year as they are set with Robert Griffin behind centre, Alfred Morris in the back field, and a tandem of receiving options including Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Jordan Reed. Washington heads into Houston to take on a Texans team that suffered a very similar fate as themselves a year ago as they greatly underachieved and have a new look to their roster this season including the addition of first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. Washington should be pretty solid on offense if Griffin can stay healthy and effective but there are huge concerns with both of those issues and it may not come as a surprise to anyone if Kirk Cousins takes the reigns before season’s end.
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The Texans finished with the worst record in the NFL a year ago and while most of the blame fell on the shoulders of departed quarterback Matt Schaub there certainly was a lot more going on than just behind centre. Houston still has a lot of pieces in place to succeed as they have solid options through the air and on the ground in Andre Johnson and Arian Foster respectively and should get a ton of pressure on the opposing quarterback via JJ Watt and Clowney. Houston is poised to be the comeback team of the year and while they may not reach the level many expected them to climb to last season I think they could very well challenge for a wild card spot if they can find some stability at the quarterback position. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the leading candidate to take starter’s snaps and while he may not be an elite level talent he has a ton of starting experience and will be serviceable for the Texans. While the Skins may have the better squad I think this is a great spot for Houston as they rebound after last year’s debacle with a strong outing in their season opener and I think the end rush will get enough pressure on Griffin to force him into some mistakes.