Sep 7, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) blocks a punt by Washington Redskins punter Tress Way (5) and returns it for a touchdown during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Redskins, continuing their last drive from the 1st quarter marched down the field converting for first down twice before bogging down on the Texans 46. This was thanks to a twelve yard sack at the hands of, Brooks Reed. He was a man on a mission today to prove last year was not indicative of the type of player he is. On their second drive, the Redskins benefited from great field position and score with Alfred Morris on some great running. The Redskins failed to convert the extra point thanks to J. J. Watt.
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On the next Washington drive, they get bottled up, forced to punt the ball away from their 24 yard line. The kick never made it. Alfred Blue, rookie LSU shot through the Redskins line and hit the ball down, takes two steps, scoops the ball up and scores his first NFL Touchdown. It was an amazing play to for the young man and really got the crowd fired up. Washington got the ball back and tried to end the half on a high note. Unfortunately for the Texans it was in this series that Clowney was injured, not to return due to a knee problem. Last years starting outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus stepped up sacking RGIII for a six yard loss. Two plays later J. J. Watt was denied a sack as he chased down Griffen who threw the ball away, but was flagged for intentional grounding.
On the otherside of the ball the Texans started to get something going, managing two first downs before Ryan Fitzpatrick managed to find DeAndre Hopkins deep on broken play. Hopkins snagged the ball, juked around a defender then sauntered into the end zone, recording a 76 yard pass.