Commanders dominance in Houston brings serious playoff talk to D.C.

HOUSTON — The Commanders dominated the Texans in every fashion on Sunday, posting their first win since Week 1 with a 23-10 victory.

Washington’s defensive front has shattered the hopes and dreams of Texans and may have hurt their families back home. At halftime, Houston scored from just five yards out. Five yards. In half.

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

Now at 6-5, playoff talk is becoming very real for the Commanders.


  • Logan Thomas – The veteran has had a slow start to the season as he works his way back from a knee injury for 2021, but he showed on Sunday that he can do it at a high level. He finished with 65 yards receiving and five catches.
  • Curtis Samuel – Few players combine elusiveness with power and speed, but Samuel has all three. He made the team’s first offensive tackle and seemed slippery every time he touched the ball. He finished with 28 total yards and became one of four Super Bowl-era wide receivers with 600+ rush yds, 6+ rush TDs, 2,500+ rec yds, and 15+ rec TDs in his career. The others are Jerry Rice, Tyreek Hill and Eric Metcalf.
  • Kendall Fuller – The scoring started with a corner kick in the first half. It was Fuller’s first interception since Week 6 of 2021 and his first career touchdown, impressive for a seven-year-old.
  • Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Montez Sweat – I’ve written about these guys before, but they’re so good they’ll be mentioned again. Please sue me. All three players combined for five sacks.
  • Ron Rivera – This was the main downfall of the game, but the commander boss still locked down his team. It should be accepted. NRG Stadium was sleepy and mostly empty, and Rivera’s boys showed up to play, even though it started at noon local time against the worst team in the NFL.
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  • Cam Curl – With so much focus on the defensive front, Curl may not be getting the recognition he deserves on the back end. He leads the team in tackles and has incredible versatility that allows Jack Del Rio to bring out his best players.
  • Darrick Forrest – The second-year defensive back made another big play that led to a turnover, this time a fourth-quarter interception that ended the Texans’ comeback. Forrest’s play has been a huge boost for this defense, but second-year linebacker Benajmin Saint-Juste has been terrible at falling on one play that Forrest picked off. More news on Saint-Just’s status is pending.
  • Burgundy and Gold fans – The crowd in Houston was small, but most of the fans in attendance were wearing Redskins/Commanders jerseys. At one point, as the defense had back-to-back sacks in the first half, loud chants of “DEFENSE” echoed through the stadium. Well done, folks. Left hand up.
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  • John Ridgway – For the second time in three weeks, a rookie was penalized for a personal foul, but this time there was no question of validity. Ridgeway Texans RB Dameon Pierce. The play was stupid and dangerous.
  • Texas Game Industry – Everyone has a job to do, but don’t put “LOUD” on 3rd for a 1-7-1 team to lose by 3 points. Doesn’t help anyone.
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