In another close game decided by a field goal, the Houston Texans survived to gain their seventh straight win, a franchise record, by defeating the Washington Redskins in Week 11.
The Houston Texans once again did what they needed to do to get the win. At this point of the season every win matters, especially with the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans right behind the Texans in the AFC South.
As the game progressed it was evident the offensive line of the Texans (7-3) still has major issues as Deshaun Watson was pressured a lot, resulting in him throwing two interceptions. Watson for the game finished 16-of-24 for 208 yards with one touchdown the two interceptions.
Those numbers led to the Texans seeing Lamar Miller rushing 20 times for 86 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Miller also caught three passes for 22 yards.
In the receiving game, rookie Keke Coutee was targeted nine times, finishing with five receptions for 77 yards. DeAndre Hopkins had five receptions (six targets) for 56 yards and one touchdown as he battled tough with Josh Norman all game long.
The play of the game came from the defense as rookie defensive back Justin Reid intercepted a pass from Washington quarterback Alex Smith — who suffered a broken leg in the second half and is now out for the season — in the end zone and taking the ball 101 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Reid showed why he should be a front runner for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Houston played much better in the first half than they did in the second half, leading 17-7 at halftime. In the second half the Texans were held to two field goals. It wasn’t the best of games for the Texans offense, but it was a win following a bye week, and that’s important too.
Much work needs to be down this upcoming week before the Texans take on the the Titans on Monday Night Football for what will be an important game for the AFC South standings. Remember, it was Tennessee who won the first matchup in Week 2.
Check back with the Toro Times for more on the seventh straight win by the Texans.