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The Leftovers: London in 2019, comebacks and more

Drew Dougherty answered some fans' questions submitted via Facebook. A few are in the video above, and many more are in the article below.

Stefan Honey: Dear Drew, When is DeAndre Hopkins going to get classified as one of the great WRs and stop getting left out of the conversations? Also, any insider info on Texans coming to the United Kingdom this year? From A Texans fan across the pond.* DD*: Stefan, who says he isn't? Hopkins was All-Pro last season on a 12-loss team. His greatness was recognized last year when the Texans struggled. I don't know which conversations you're listening to, because every week I read about from the opponents' and opponents' coaches that Hopkins is one of the best in the game.

As for the Texans in the United Kingdom, I'd be surprised if they don't play a game there next year. They have road games against the Buccaneers, Chargers and Jaguars, and those three teams all have to play an international home game. Look for the Bucs or Chargers to host the Texans in London.

Peter Bergen: Dear Drew, How is Will Fuller's recovery going?* DD*: Great question, Peter. There's no official word, but he's been around the stadium for rehab purposes. I can't wait to see him back in the fold with this offense, as he had 503 receiving yards in seven games this year, with four touchdowns. He was averaging 15.7 yards per catch, and on pace for a 1,150 yard season and nine touchdown catches.

Samantha Hallas: Dear Drew, I think if I remember correctly the Jets sacked Deshaun Watson 6 times. Will the Texans work on trying to prevent so many sacks next week against the Eagles?* DD*: They will, Samantha. They don't ever want him getting sacked. Bill O'Brien said Monday, though, that it's a collective effort and that the offensive line, running backs, receivers, tight ends and Watson all play roles in that sack total. Their hands will be full this Sunday at Philadelphia.

Emma Beard: Dear Drew, What do we need to do to beat the Eagles for the first time in franchise history?* DD*: My recipe for success, Emma, goes like this: win the turnover battle again, get 100 or more yards on the ground, bust the Eagles for two touchdowns, and keep pinning teams deep on punts and kickoffs.

Dan Flores: Dear Drew, Do we risk Keke Coutee and D'Onta Foreman these final two games to try and get home field advantage and a bye, or we keep em out and roll the dice? What's the news on Lamar Miller?* DD*: Dan, the Texans aren't even in the playoffs yet. They have to do everything they can to win these last two. If they Coutee and Foreman can help them win, then those two will play. As for Miller, we'll see what the injury reports say on Wednesday. He was injured Saturday, but did wind up going back in the game for a series before exiting for good. He might be able to make it.

Nick Battista: Dear Drew, how are we going to correct the running game this week?* DD*: Nick, the Texans will tweak a few things for sure, and O'Brien said the coaches will need to do some things better. Much depends on situations that pop up game-to-game. They definitely want to improve in that area, and get back to where they were a few weeks ago when things were rolling on the ground.

Kyle Scott: Dearest Drew, what are your thoughts on the Kevin Johnson situation, and has he played his last game in a Texans uniform?* DD*: No, I don't think he's finished with the Texans. He won't play this year, because he's on injured reserve with the concussion. I think you'll see him next season.

Derwin Jordan: Dear Drew, Do you think it's a good thing that all of our major stars come from colleges where they played in cold weather? Looking like a nice 51 degrees with the sun out in Philly!* DD*: Good point, Derwin, and it's one that was echoed by D.J. Reader last week when I spoke with him. He pointed out how the team is made up of players from all over the country. They've dealt with cold weather in the past, but ultimately, it's not going to be too cold on Sunday. The forecast is calling for temps in the high 30's/low 40's, with sunshine. Nothing they can't handle.

George Tsakiris: Dear Drew, how is Seantrel Henderson doing after his ankle surgery? Will we see him back sometime in the playoffs?* DD*: I've seen him around the building, George, so he's on the rehab trail. He's done, however, for the season. He won't be coming off injured reserve.

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