Redskins Drop Heartbreaker, Fall To Texans 23-21
It was a roller coaster of a game to say the least for the Washington Redskins as they took on the Houston Texans on homecoming at FedEx Field.
The Texans got out to an early 10-0 lead as they dominated the line of scrimmage in the third quarter. The second quarter is when the Redskins would turn it on, getting on the board with a 3 yard run by Adrian Peterson to draw within 3 at 10-7. Washington then had the ball in the red zone, looking to overcome their first deficit of the season, but then Alex Smith threw a pick six to Justin Reid to push the deficit back to 10 at 17-7. Washington refused to let up, as they started another drive. This is where things started to turn, as Alex Smith left the game with an injury. Enter Colt McCoy. Thankfully for Redskins fans, this proved to be a seamless transition as McCoy threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Jordan Reed on his first drive. After Washington held Houston to a field goal, McCoy orchestrated another drive which ended in a 7 yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson to give the Redskins a 21-20 lead, marking the first time all season that they had overcame a deficit. This would be short lived as Texans kicker Kai’imi Fairbairn kicked a 45 yard go ahead field goal. Fairbairn had a chance to tack on in the final 2 minutes, but missed, giving the Redskins new life. The result, a 63 yard attempt for Dustin Hopkins. Unfortunately the kick, and the Redskins, came up short as they fall to the Texans 23-21 to drop to 6-4.
A negative takeaway from this game is that Alex Smith has broken his tibula and fibula and will miss the remainder of the season.
There is a silver lining here, and that is that the defense forced 3 turnovers on the day to go along with 4 turnovers forced the previous week in Tampa. Additionally, since the Texans are in the opposite conference, the loss does not affect the Redskins conference record, which sits at 6-2.
Redskins will head to Dallas to face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.