Washington Commanders at Houston Texans – NFL Week 11 Game Preview

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The Washington Commanders are set to travel to NRG Stadium to take on the Houston Texans in a week eleven matchup. The Commanders come into the game with a record of 5-5 and despite having a .500 record, they still sit in last place in an elite NFC East divisional race. On the flip side, the Texans enter the contest with a record of 1-7-1 and sit in last place in the AFC South. Although both teams are currently in the basement of their divisions, there is still a clear talent gap between the two teams. With both sides being in the midst of a rebuild, this may not be the best football that will be played on Sunday, however, it could also come down to the wire. 

Washington Commanders Look For Taylor Heinicke to Prove Himself as Starter Through Remainder of the Season

The Washington Commanders are in a very tricky spot coming into the second half of the season. They have a very solid record through the first half of the year, and in most divisions, they would still be in real contention to bring home a divisional title. Despite this, with the NFC East being as loaded as it is this season, they will likely not make a postseason run. While the front office may be wishing that the Commanders could have taken this year to tank, even without starting quarterback Carson Wentz sidelined with an injury, Washington is still winning games. Last week, they pulled off what was possibly the upset of the season in which they took down the previously undefeated Philadelphia Eagles by a final score of 32-31. 

Starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke has once again taken the league by storm after the Commanders’ victory against the Eagles.

Washington should once again be able to win this week against the Texans. Houston is arguably the worst team in the NFL this season and they do not bring much to the table in terms of roster talent. As long as the Commanders can shut down Damien Pierce in the run game, they should have no issues bringing home another win this week. 

Houston Texans Continue to Embrace the Tank

As previously mentioned, the Houston Texans are one of if not the worst teams in the NFL this season. It is clear that they are in the middle of a full-scale rebuild after trading Deshaun Watson from the team, and wide receiver Brandin Cooks sitting out. With Houston having two first-round picks in the 2023 draft, it is clear that they are not concerned with their record this season. It would take a lot for them to be able to steal a win from a Commanders team that has been on a tear. Despite this, it could still be a winnable game for the Texans. They will have to establish the rushing attack early on in the game and the defensive unit will have to really step up and keep the Commanders off the board.