Commanders vs. Texans – Rivets and Duds

This Washington Defense really lives up to the hype!

On a perfect day INSIDE in Houston, the commanders set the tone early on in defense and carried it through to the final whistle. Del Rio’s unit held the Texans to just 148 total yards and forced two interceptions. It’s pretty obvious this team isn’t going to win penalties, but this kind of old-school throwback football works!

For the first time in a LONG time, Washington has a win record in the second half of the season!

Below are my studs and duds of the game followed by some notes and players of the game.


Kendall Fuller – Fuller has been playing very good football lately. He started the season slowly but has since caught fire. His pick six early in the first quarter, right after making a nice tackle on the flat, set the tone for the afternoon’s previously winless game. He was in good cover all afternoon and made safe tackles in the open field.

Montez sweat – Sweat was a threat all afternoon against the Texans’ offensive line, yielding three tackles and 2.5 sacks. He counted six pressures in the afternoon. His engine runs constantly and that showed again on Sunday.

Jonathan Allen- Allen continued his All-Pro season Sunday, amassing three tackles (all for losses), 1.5 sacks and just dominating everyone he faces. Poor Kenyon Green…

Darrick Forrest Sophomore safety has really shown in the last three games. He caught a nice interception for the second game in a row. He collected four tackles, had defended a pass and the interception in the afternoon.

came curl – Curl continues to fly under the radar, but the versatile hybrid defender is the glue that holds the back end together and the voice of defense. Curl was once again solid, leading the team in tackles with seven, defending a pass and calling on defense.

daron payne Payne is often overshadowed by running mate Jon Allen, but his presence doesn’t go unnoticed. By mid-afternoon he had three tackles, a sack, two stuffs and a batted down pass.

Jack Del Rio Del Rio really has this defense on his toes — and he’s doing it while missing a key pass rusher and his MIKE linebacker. Washington held the Texans for a total of 148 yards and 10 points.


John Ridgeway- That shouldn’t have “really” called him a dud in the afternoon, but this is the second week he’s had a silly personal foul penalty. Apparently he thought yesterday’s game was in the ring as part of the WWF. I don’t follow fake wrestling, but the move he showed Pierce not only was dangerous and has no place in the game, it looked like something Bobby Boucher did in The Waterboy.

Jon Bostic- I know this is extremely critical, but Bostic in coverage is one of my biggest nightmares. Cole Holcomb can’t come back soon enough.


– The Commanders offensive line, which was largely a rotating dung unit for the first half of the year, has improved greatly in both pass protection (no sacks allowed) and rushing (153 total yards). It was a collective good effort.

– Logan Thomas finally broke out for the first time all season, hauling in five receptions for 65 yards and showing good blocks.

– For the first time in a couple of games, Benjamin St-Juste didn’t commit a defensive penalty. He had defended a pass low down the left touchline (which he played perfectly) that Forrest intercepted.

– Bobby McCain continues to play well in the slot. He looks SO much better there than as deep security.

– The combo of Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for 129 yards on 33 carries. Nothing WOWED you, but they ground out those tough yards when needed. Gibby also chipped three receptions for 31 yards and had 48 yards in kick returns.

– Both Casey Toohill and James Smith-Williams flashed against the Texans. They combined for five tackles, three for a loss and four for pressure.

– Joey Slye was perfect in the afternoon, hitting all three of his field goals and both extra points.

– Scott Turner continues to demand a good game for Heinicke and this offensive. Washington had 38 planned rushing attempts versus just 27 passing attempts and controlled possession by a margin of 34:56 to 25:04. I LOVE all the 12 staff he employs!

Player of the Game:

Offense: Commanders Offensive Line

Defense: Kendall Fuller

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