The Washington Redskins proved themselves to be fully capable of moving the ball on this Houston Texans defense. The problem for a second straight game, however, is red zone execution.
After marching 56 yards to reach the Houston 24-yard line, the offense sputtered. Clinton Portis got stopped for no gain, then a pass in the flat to Mike Sellers went for only a 1-yard game. Then a wide receiver screen to Santana Moss was swallowed up for no gain, bringon fourth down, and a Graham Gano field goal.
Then, thanks to great field position thanks to Steve Slayton stepping out of bounds at the 1-yard line on the kick return, and an interception by Carlos Rogers, Washington had a chance for a quick strike.
But after a 35-yard pass from McNabb to Chris Cooley, the Redskins hit the wall again. Clinton Portis isn't getting to the hole, and has zero yards on four carries. Enter another field goal.
As the first quarter ended with Washington up 6-0, Houston was knocking on the door, and needed only a touchdown to take the lead although Washington had dominated offenensively.