Redskins Look To Bounce Back

Chris Cooper '20, Staff Writer

The Washington Redskins are moving through the NFL with ease, posting a 6-4 record, and have been holding the 1st position in the NFC East since the start of the season. Washington’s early offense and impenetrable defense were unable to save them in week 11 against the Texans as they lost in a nailbiter; it ultimately came down to the final drive.

Coming off an easy win in the previous week, the Redskins had a difficult test against the 6-3 Houston Texans. Early on in the 1st half of the game, the Texans came out swinging, holding the Redskins scoreless while putting 10 points on the board. The Texans advanced into the 2nd quarter with a 10-0 lead over Washington. At the start of the 2nd quarter, the Redskins rolled into the endzone with a rushing touchdown by Adrian Peterson. The Redskins couldn’t get the tide going on offense as the Texans took a 17-7 lead into halftime.

Halftime was over and neither team could put points up within the first 7 minutes of the 3rd quarter. At 7:56 in the 3rd quarter the ball was hiked to quarterback Alex Smith. He dropped back and was instantly pursued by oncoming defenders. Smith was swarmed and fell awkwardly to the ground. Sports analyst Bryant Gumbel said, “It’s a horrific injury.” This injury was gruesome and reminded some of the Joe Theismann incident which coincidentally happen 33 years prior on the same exact day.

The Redskins tried to bounce back after Smith left the field, scoring and making the game 20-14 at the end of the 3rd. With the start of the 4th,, the Redskins looked revamped and once again scoring and taking the lead 21-20. Immediately, the Texans drove down the field kicking a field goal making the game 23-21. The Redskins had one final drive left. They got down the field and were put into a tough situation. They had to kick a 63 yard field goal for the win, unfortunately they missed, and the game ended in a 23-21 defeat for the Skins.

Be sure to catch the Redskins as they take on long time foe Dallas Cowboys this Thursday, Thanksgiving day @ 4:30 pm on Fox.