By: Jakob Vaughan
In Week 11, the Washington Redskins faced the red hot Houston Texans at FedEx Field. The game didn’t go as Redskins fans had hoped as the team fell behind the Texans 10 to 0 at the end of the 1st quarter. Their unreal statistic still is alive, when the Redskins start with a lead they have won all 6 of those games and in the 4 games they have started behind they have lost. The defense of the Texans controlled the game and forced Redskins quarterback Alex Smith into throwing 2 interceptions with one of those resulting in a pick 6. The defense of the Redskins held Houston to 320 total yards and have allowed 132 rushing yards per game over their last three contests, which could be a headache for Redskins fans as the team will face Cowboys running Ezekiel Elliott on Thanksgiving. Washington dropped to 6 and 4 on the season as the Texans came to D.C. and won their 7th straight game 23-21. I cannot see the Texans losing another game, which would mean they will finish the season on a 13 game winning streak.
Redskins quarterback Alex Smith broke two bones in his leg; the tibia and fibula, against the Texans while being sacked by JJ Watt. Alex Smith agreed to a 4 year $94 million contract extension with the Washington Redskins after the Kansas City Chiefs traded the veteran away. As of right now Smith is projected to have a long road ahead of him with his season being over and his career up in the air as his recovery time should be around 8 months, which would keep him sidelined until the start of training camp. The gruesome injury was described as a compound fracture referring to the bone puncturing out of the skin. Alex Smith’s leg injury could be career ending, but financially there shouldn’t be any concerns as $71 million of his contract extension is fully guaranteed. This resulted in an awful flashback for long time Redskins fans that witnessed Joe Theismann’s gruesome leg injury that happened exactly 33 years ago to the date and ended with the same final score.
It is Colt McCoy’s team now and Washington practiced getting used to his voice and cadence at the line of scrimmage in practice this week. On a short week leading up to their Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Dallas Cowboys the team signed free agent veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez who is overshadowed by his “butt fumble” instead of how he led the New York Jets to two straight AFC Championship games. Sanchez will handle the back-up duties now that Colt McCoy is suiting up as the starter for the rest of the season with the team sitting at the top of the NFC East with a 6 and 4 record. Both the Bears and Redskins will be starting backup quarterbacks on Thanksgiving Day. Washington Redskins are a lousy 1 and 7 when facing the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The team announced on Wednesday that they have ruled out running back Chris Thompson and wide receiver Jamison Crowder, but left tackle Trent Williams is listed as questionable. The Redskins travel to Dallas and will attempt to put an end the Cowboys 2 game winning streak at 4:30 on Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving!