Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins travel to Houston for a Week 1 game against the Texans after poor 2013 seasons for both teams.
Griffin’s 2013 season was marred by injury, and the Redskins went just 3-13 just a year after winning the NFC East. The Texans finished the 2013 season with the worst record in the NFL. Houston selected Jadeveon Clowney with the top pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Live stream: The game can be live streamed through NFL Sunday Ticket.
TV coverage: FOX
Shanahan went 24-40 in his four years with Washington, including one playoff appearance.
Gruden hasn’t ever held an NFL head-coaching gig, but he has been the head coach of both an AFL and UFL team. In 2010, he led the Florida Tuskers to a 5-3 record, and he coached the AFL's Orlando Predators from 1998-2001 and 2004-2008. The Predators went 82-54 under his watch, including two ArenaBowl championships.
Robert Griffin III first tore his ACL and MCL in a 2012 playoff game against the Seahawks. He managed to play in 13 games last season, though he was never fully healthy.
Kirk Cousins is Washington's second-string quarterback. Cousins has thrown for 1,320 yards in eight games with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Washington has not won a playoff game since the 2005 season. The Redskins have won two playoff games since the 1992 season.
Because it traded up in 2012 to select Griffin in the NFL draft, Washington has been without a first-round pick in the past two drafts. Its first pick from the 2014 draft, second-rounder Trent Murphy, is second on the depth chart at right outside linebacker heading into the season.
Washington signed receiver DeSean Jackson after the Eagles released him.
The Redskins allowed the second-most points in the NFL last season.
Washington ranked 23rd in points scored in 2013.
Washington won one road game last season, a 24-14 victory against the Raiders.
With the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Texans selected South Carolina pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney. He is on track to start Sunday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback for Houston. He completed 25 of 43 passes in three preseason games, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Texans traded for former Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett just before the start of the regular season. Mallett will serve as Ryan Fitzpatrick's backup.
This is the first time the Texans and Redskins have faced each other since 2010, when Houston won 30-27 in overtime. The Redskins won the only other matchup of the past decade, in 2006, 31-15.
Houston went 3-13 last season, earning the top selection in the NFL draft. Sixth-round pick, fullback Jay Prosch, joins Clowney as their only two projected rookie starters. Eight total rookies are listed in the Texans' two-deep depth chart.
Foster will look to rebound from an injury riddled 2013 season, in which he missed eight games and ran for only 542 yards. He had rushed for at least 1,200 yards the previous three seasons.
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson caught 109 passes for 1,407 yards last season.
Houston has won its last four season-openers. Over the last 10 seasons, however, the Texans are 5-5 in season openers.
The Texans last made the playoffs two seasons ago, their second straight appearance. Those are the only two postseason appearances in franchise history.
At the start of September, Houston signed Pro Bowl defensive lineman J.J. Watt to a six-year, $100 million extension with nearly $52 million guaranteed, a record for a defensive player.
- Evan Webeck