Play it again


September 25, 2006|By DON MARKUS

A summary of the Washington Redskins' 31-15 win over the Houston Texans:

WHAT WENT RIGHT -- The offense that looked anemic through four preseason losses and two regular-season defeats finally emerged. Quarterback Mark Brunell set an NFL single-game record with 22 straight completions, and running backs Ladell Betts and Clinton Portis combined for 210 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

WHAT WENT WRONG --Not much, but the defense still has a problem giving up big plays -- wide receiver Andre Johnson had a 53-yard catch and run that led to a touchdown on Houston's opening possession -- and the Redskins continue to have problems getting penalized, with 12 for 126 yards.

DEFINING MOMENT --Leading 14-7 with nine seconds left in the first half, the Redskins were at the Houston 30 and simply trying to get a few more yards to set up a shorter field goal for John Hall. Instead, Portis romped 30 yards -- nearly untouched -- for a touchdown with one second remaining.

WHAT IT MEANS -- It means that the Redskins won't go 0-16 in 2006. Other than that, the Redskins shouldn't get too excited about a win over a bad team. The good news for Washington is that it is tied with the New York Giants and only a game behind the 2-1 Philadelphia Eagles in what might be one of the NFL's most inconsistent divisions this season.

A LOOK AHEAD -- The Redskins come home for a game against Jacksonville on Sunday at FedEx Field. It will be the first time Brunell will play against his former team, which gladly took the third-round draft pick Washington sent it in 2004 while the Jaguars were getting ready to turn the starting job over to Byron Leftwich.

On target Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell set a single-game record for most consecutive passes completed by connecting on his first 22 attempts in yesterday's rout of the Houston Texans. The most consecutive passes completed (in one game or over two games):

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