LANDOVER, Md. — It wasn’t fairly, however the Houston Texans preserve profitable.
After beating the AFC East-main Redskins 23-21 on Sunday, the Texans have won seven straight video games and put themselves in place to significantly compete for a high-two seed — and first-spherical bye — within the playoffs. Houston now has a two-sport lead within the AFC South after the Titans misplaced to the Colts on Sunday and the Texans are a place the place their ambitions must be extra than only a division title.
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Houston turned solely the second workforce in NFL historical past to win seven straight video games after an zero-three begin. In accordance to Elias, the one workforce to do it up to now was the 1925 Giants.
There are nonetheless loads of issues Houston wants to repair to make a deep playoff run. Quarterback Deshaun Watson wants to get again to defending the soccer after he threw two interceptions on Sunday. The Texans had won their final three video games partly as a result of they’d not turned the ball over since Week 6 towards the Buffalo Payments.
Earlier within the week, Texans coach Invoice O’Brien reiterated the significance of profitable the turnover battle, saying, that’s “one of the vital essential stats” in a sport. In opposition to the Redskins, the Texans had been minus-one and Watson’s second interception gave the Redskins the ball on the Houston 9-yard-line. Two performs later, Redskins backup quarterback Colt McCoy threw a landing go to tight finish Jordan Reed.
Watson accomplished 16 of 24 passes for for 208 yards with a landing and the 2 interceptions. Houston solely scored one landing on offense, which got here within the first quarter to extensive receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins completed with 5 catches for 56 yards and the landing.
The protection was once more a distinction-maker, intercepting Redskins beginning quarterback Alex Smith twice earlier than he left the sport on a cart with an ankle damage. As Washington threatened to erase an early deficit, Texans rookie security Justin Reid intercepted Smith’s go ultimately zone and returned it 101 yards to prolong the Texans’ lead to 17-7. That play modified the sport late within the first half and was not less than a 10-point swing.
There’s little question the Texans nonetheless have work to do, however as O’Brien has stated all season, a win is a win. And the Texans now have seven of them with six video games left within the season, with no video games remaining towards a workforce with a report above .500.