From today until Saturday, your boys in blue will be knocking helmets with someone other than themselves. That other team was going to be the New Orleans Saints, but they backed out after the Texans decided to host Hard Knocks (supposedly).
So naturally, media-hungry Dan Snyder was happy to step in.
The two teams squared off in last year's season opener, if you don't remember. NFL.com has a quick recap:
HOUSTON -- Rookie Alfred Blue blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and J.J. Watt lived up to his massive new contract to help the Houston Texanssnap a 14-game losing streak with a 17-6 win over Washington on Sunday.
The Texans led 7-6 after a 76-yard touchdown reception by DeAndre Hopkins in the second quarter. Blue blocked Washington's punt on the next drive, scooped it up and returned it five yards for a touchdown to push the lead to 14-6.
Watt had a sack, blocked an extra point, recovered a fumble and swatted down a pass in his first game since signing a six-year, $100 million contract Monday. First overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had a tackle for a loss in the first half before leaving with a knee injury.
Robert Griffin III threw for 267 yards, but Washington was done in by two second-half fumbles.
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