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6-3, 1st in NFC East

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins inactives: LT Trent Williams, CB Quinton Dunbar, RB Chris Thompson, DL Caleb Brantley, RB Samaje Perine, WR Jamison Crowder and LB Pernell McPhee.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

It'll be interesting to see how the Redskins handle the deep passing game. It'll depend on how well they can protect quarterback Alex Smith -- and what he's willing to throw. In Houston's last three games on throws of 15 yards or more, opposing quarterbacks have a 57.0 passer rating. The Texans rank seventh in completion percentage on throws of 20-plus yards by opposing quarterbacks. They don't get much time in the pocket: Opposing quarterbacks are in the pocket for only 2,07 seconds vs. the Texans, the sixth fastest time in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans rank 16th in the NFL allowing 11.5 yards per catch to tight ends. However, since Week 6 they rank second at 8.09 yards per attempt. The Redskins would like to find a way to get Jordan Reed -- or Vernon Davis -- more explosive plays. They could start by having Reed run more vertical routes. Too often when defensive backs cover him they sit on underneath routes and don't break until he does. Reed can help himself by not shuffling his feet before cutting when facing a corner or safety and instead press them vertically before cutting.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins obviously want to run the ball vs. Houston so if they do, you need to know this number: Houston has allowed 5.04 yards against runs off left tackle. The Texans have allowed 3.37 yards per carry on runs between the guards and 4.26 yards on runs off right tackle, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Redskins average 4.7 yards on runs off left tackle (24th in the NFL); they average 5.09 yards off right tackle (15th).

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins must beware of Houston's five-man front on pass downs, as illustrated on NFL Matchup this week. The Texans are excellent at creating free blitzers thanks to having their linebackers up on the line in a standup position. With a line that's new to one another, communication and recognition will be critical. Left guard Jonathan Cooper was excellent in both areas vs. Tampa Bay.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said Sunday is "still up in the air." He said he still can't grab with his dislocated right thumb. But he wants to get back even if it's fast; he said "sitting on the sidelines sucks." But he said he went today to test it for this week -not to get ready for Thanksgiving Day vs. Dallas.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said left tackle Trent Williams is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Houston. Gruden had said earlier in the week he wouldn't play. But doctors were encouraged by his progress. The key will be if he can play with a cast on his dislocated right thumb.

Bruschi, Woodson like Texans over Redskins (0:46)
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3dJohn Keim

Norman to give out tickets to up Redskins' crowd

Redskins CB Josh Norman, who last week complained of the lack of a home-field advantage at FedEx Field, purchased 50 tickets for Sunday's game vs. the Texans, planning to hand them out to fans at various spots near the Redskins training facility.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith said his recent success throwing to receiver Josh Doctson stems from a growing familiarity. Doctson has been targeted 15 times the last three games and caught 12 passes. In his first four games (he missed one), Doctson caught 11 passes on 22 targets. Some of those were throwaways in his direction, but, still he's been more productive. "He's a guy that obviously has incredible ball skills," Smith said. "He's a physical receiver and he's played that way for the last few weeks, really physical. He's a guy that often times when you do play X, you are getting pressed a lot and I think he's done a great job against that against different types of guys, playing physical, playing big and I think [he] made a bunch of big kind of traffic catches the last few weeks."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Receiver Jamison Crowder's MRI did not show more damage but the ankle is still not 100 percent. Jay Gruden said he thinks Crowder will be back soon but no one knows for sure when that will be.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said left tackle Trent Williams (knee) won't play Sunday vs. Houston and that there's a good chance running back Chris Thompson (ribs) also will miss. Neither player was able to practice today.

What has made Swearinger successful with Redskins? (1:38)
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4dAaron Schatz

NFL futures bets to make right now

Which teams should you bet on to win their division, conference or Super Bowl? Football Outsiders breaks down the best values at this point in the season.

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4dJohn Keim

Skins' Swearinger: Texans 'bashed my name'

The D.J. Swearinger revenge tour already includes wins vs. former teams Arizona and Tampa Bay. Those were warm-up acts for what takes place Sunday: a chance to beat the team the Redskins safety said bashed him like no other.

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Barnwell Show: NFC Picture with Will Brinson

Are you an NFC or an AFC person? In this episode, Bill and Will Brinson of CBS share their allegiances and take a look at the NFC playoff picture as it currently stands, including which teams are most likely to prevail in the South (3:55), West (31:02), East (43:30) and North (56:03).

Team Stats

Passing Yards216.2
Rushing Yards121.2
Points For19.6
Points Against19.4