Texans get 17-6 win over Washington

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HOUSTON (AP) — Washington was finished in by large plays and errors Sunday opposite a Houston Texans.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown pass, rookie Alfred Blue blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and J.J. Watt lived adult to his large new agreement to assistance a Texans to a 17-6 win over Washington.

Robert Griffin III threw for 267 yards, though Washington’s offense was stymied by dual second-half fumbles.

“We were executing unequivocally well, though afterwards we usually had those lapses that cost us a game,” Griffin said. “I’ve got to play better.”

The feat is Houston’s initial given final Sept. 15 and snaps a 14-game skid.

The Texans led 7-6 after a 76-yard touchdown accepting by DeAndre Hopkins in a second quarter. Blue blocked Washington’s punt on a subsequent drive, scooped it adult and returned it 5 yards for a touchdown to pull a lead to 14-6.

A 42-yard margin idea by Randy Bullock in a fourth entertain was a usually measure of a second half in a diversion that featured a NFL conduct coaching entrance for both Washington’s Jay Gruden and Houston’s Bill O’Brien.

“There’s a integrate of plays we usually blemish your conduct at,” Gruden said. “Especially that blocked punt. I’m not even certain they were perplexing to retard it.”

Watt had dual tackles for waste including a sack, blocked an additional point, recovered a fail and swatted down a pass in his initial diversion given signing a six-year, $100 million agreement on Monday. He also was credited with 5 hurries of Griffin.

“J.J. is a good player, and we credit a descent line doing a good pursuit battling with him a whole game,” Griffin said. “He’s a unusual player. they’re going to make those kinds of plays each now and then. You usually have to extent those.”

First altogether collect Jadeveon Clowney had a tackle for a detriment in a initial half before withdrawal with a knee injury. It wasn’t transparent how Clowney was injured, though it happened late in a second quarter. O’Brien pronounced it looks like Clowney will “be OK.”

Both teams got off to a delayed start offensively, gaining usually one initial down every and punting a total 7 times in a initial quarter.

Washington took a lead when Darrel Young scored on a 1-yard run about 6 mins before halftime, though Watt blocked a additional indicate try to make it 6-0. That measure was set adult by a 21-yard run by Alfred Morris.

It didn’t take a Texans prolonged to erase a necessity when Fitzpatrick found Hopkins far-reaching open before he juked Bacarri Rambo to finish a 76-yard score. Rambo is stuffing in for Brandon Meriweather, who was dangling for a initial dual games for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Washington fumbled on uninterrupted plays in a third quarter. The initial one came when Griffin bobbled a handoff to Morris, who forsaken it before Watt pounced on it for a seventh liberation of his career.

The subsequent blunder came when Griffin found Niles Paul, who had gotten in front of a defense, for a 48-yard pass. But D.J. Swearinger nude a round and Kendrick Lewis recovered it during a 9-yard line. A thunderstorm started brewing outward as that play unfolded and a shrill applause of rumble boomed by a track as Lewis jumped on a ball.

The Texans didn’t take advantage of possibly of a fumbles. They punted after a initial one and Arian Foster mislaid a fail to finish a prolonged expostulate by Houston following a second one.

Washington was pushing late when Watt knocked down a pass by Griffin on third down. They went for it on fourth down, though couldn’t modify and a Texans ran out a clock.

Foster ran for 103 yards in his initial movement given offseason behind medicine and Andre Johnson had 93 yards receiving.

Fitzpatrick had 206 yards flitting in his initial diversion with a Texans, who traded divided final year’s opening day starter Matt Schaub to Oakland in a offseason.

DeSean Jackson had 8 catches for 62 yards in his entrance with Washington and Alfred Morris ran for 91 yards.

Washington had an annoying miscue late in a initial entertain when Andre Roberts fielded a punt and had a lane, though was knocked out of end by teammate Young.

NOTES: Washington TE Jordan Reed has a stretched hamstring and nose tackle Barry Cofield has a sprained ankle. … Houston LB Brian Cushing had 5 tackles in his initial diversion given a season-ending knee damage mid by final season.

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