It seemed everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Washington Redskins at home on Sunday. Midway through the third quarter, Washington QB Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury after being sacked by Kareem Jackson of Houston. Smith had to go into immediate surgery and will be out the rest of the season. While replacement QB Colt McCoy played decent after coming into the game, it was not enough as the Redskins fell to the Texas 23-21.
With the win, the Texans pushed their impressive win streak to seven games after starting the season 0-3. It has been quite the turnaround for Houston, and they now hold a two game lead in the AFC South. With the loss, the Redskins still remain atop their division but face a tough road ahead after losing their quarterback.
It was not a pretty win for the Texans. QB Deshaun Watson did not play particularly well and threw two interceptions. As a team, they committed three turnovers, seven penalties, and had two missed field goals. But in the end, they did just enough to win the game. Lamar Miller carried the load running the ball, totaling 20 carries on the day for 86 yards.
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As for the Redskins, Alex Smith struggled before his injury, throwing for only 135 yards and two interceptions. Backup Colt McCoy went 6/12 and threw one touchdown. Star running back Adrian Peterson, who is currently top 10 in the NFL in terms of rushing yards, had a quiet game, carrying the ball 16 times for 51 yards. He also tacked on two touchdowns.
Despite all their struggles, Washington had a chance to win the game with a go-ahead 63-yard field goal with three seconds left. But, kicker Dustin Hopkins was not able to connect and Houston hung on to win the game.
Texans: Host the Tennessee Titans this coming Monday.
Redskins: Visit the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.