Commander’s Houston dominance brings serious playoff talk to DC

Commander’s dominance in Houston brings serious playoff talk that originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

HOUSTON — The Commanders dominated the Texans in every respect on Sunday, culminating in a 23-10 win that puts their record on the winning side of the ledger for the first time since Week 1.

Washington’s defensive frontline shattered the hopes and dreams of Texans, likely hurting their families watching at home. At halftime, Houston was only yarding for five yards. five meters. in a half.

Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne and Montez Sweat were absolute beasts. The whole team clinched this win, but the three set a killer tone from the first whistle.

Now at 6-5, the playoff conversation is getting very real for the Commanders.

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  • Logan Thomas – The veteran tight end has had a slow start to the season as he recovers from a knee injury in 2021, but on Sunday he showed he can still do it at a high level. He compiled 65 yards receiving and finished with five catches.

  • Curtis Samuel- Few players combine intangibility with power and speed, but Samuel has all three. He scored the team’s first offensive touchdown and appeared slippery every time he touched the ball. He finished with 28 total yards while becoming one of four wide receivers in the Super Bowl era with 600+ rush yards, 6+ rush TD, 2,500+ rec yds, 15+ rec TD in his career. The others are Jerry Rice, Tyreek Hill and Eric Metcalf.

  • Kendall Fuller – After the corner, scoring began with an interception in the first quarter that was returned for a touchdown. This is Fuller’s first interception since Week 6 of 2021 and his first career touchdown, notable for a seven-year-old player.

  • Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Montez Sweat- I’ve written about these guys before, but they were so good that I’ll mention them again. Sue me. The three players combined for five sacks.

  • Ron Rivera – This was an extremely disappointing game situation, but the Commanders boss held his team tight. That deserves recognition. NRG Stadium was sleepy and mostly empty, and it was a midday start against the NFL’s worst team, but Rivera’s boys came out to play anyway.

  • came curl – Because there’s so much attention on defense, Curl may not get the recognition he deserves at the back level. He leads the team in tackles and has tremendous versatility that allows Jack Del Rio to field their best players.

  • Darrick Forest – The sophomore made another big play that resulted in a turnover, this time an interception in the fourth quarter that ruined any chance of a Texans comeback. Forrest’s game was a huge boon to that defense, although it was scary to watch another sophomore defender Benajmin St-Juste go down with the same game Forrest had his pick. Expect more news on the status of St-Juste.

  • Burgundy and Gold Fans – The Houston crowd was sparse, but of the fans who showed up, many were wearing Redskins/Commanders jerseys. At one point, when the defense had back-to-back sacks in the first half, a loud “DEFENSE” chant erupted and made its way through the stadium. Well done folks. Left hand up.

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  • John Ridgeway- For the second time in three weeks, the rookie was flagged for a personal foul, but this time there was no debate as to whether it was justified. Ridgeway defeated Texan RB Dameon Pierce. The game was stupid and really dangerous.

  • Texans Game Production – Everyone has a job to do, but don’t post the “GET LOUD” sign in third place for a 1-7-1 team that loses by 3 points. help nobody.


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