Redskins vs. Texans: Five Things to Watch for

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Aug 6, 2014; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus (74) and guard Chris Chester (66) walk onto the field prior to joint practice with the New England Patriots on day twelve at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

1.  The right side of the Redskins Offensive Line

Much is being made of how the Redskins offensive line is going to handle the Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney?  As the potential of that pass rushing tandem is scary to say the least.

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And if they are allowed to get too much pressure on RGIII it could determine the outcome of the game.  Which is why it’s so important that the right side of the Redskins o-line of right tackle Tyler Polumbus and right guard Chris Chester perform well in this game.

As both Polumbus and Chester struggled mightily in pass protection down the stretch last season and the Redskins can ill afford for that to happen now.  But I don’t think the Redskins will just let them handle Watt and Clowney all by themselves.

They will with get some help from the tight ends and running backs as well.  But since both Watt and Clowney may be lining up on the left side together the Redskins right side of the offensive line will be effected the most.

And with two-time Redskins pro bowler Trent Williams on the left side the Texans would be smart to attack the weaker side of the Redskins line on the right.  And this bears watching to see how they hold up.