- The Washington Times - Monday, September 25, 2006

SHOW URGENCY

The Redskins whiffed here early, going three-and-out on the opening series and giving up a four-play, 66-yard touchdown drive on the Texans’ first possession.

From then on, however, the Redskins clearly showed they knew what was at stake: A loss perhaps would have been fatal to their playoff hopes.

The offense reached the end zone on three of its remaining first-half drives, and the defense held the Texans to 113 yards and no points until the 12:21 mark of the fourth quarter.

GET TO CARR

The Redskins didn’t accomplished this when the game was still in doubt.

Rookie defensive tackle Kedric Golston and middle linebacker Lemar Marshall combined for the only sack of Texans quarterback David Carr through three quarters.

That isn’t a good sign considering Carr was sacked an average of 3 times a game during his first four-plus seasons, and the Texans lost left tackle Charles Spencer and center Mike Flanagan to injuries last week.

FIND LLOYD & COOLEY

This goal wasn’t achieved either, but like the failure to get to Carr, it was inconsequential.

No. 2 receiver Brandon Lloyd and tight end Chris Cooley combined for just four catches for 26 yards in the first two games. They combined for just 15 yards on three catches in the first three quarters yesterday.

Offensive boss Al Saunders spread the ball around so masterfully, however, that it didn’t matter. Seven Redskins caught passes in the first half.

David Elfin

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