Houston started off hot and heavy in this one. Deshaun Watson hit DeAndre Hopkins along the sideline after Josh Norman chased the inside receiver. Justin Reid read Alex Smith, instead of his man once he had proper position, stepped in front of the ball, and took it 102 yards to score.
From there, things cooled off. The heart beat slower. A Watson screen pass was intercepted. Watson threw another interception after that. Alex Smith’s leg bent backwards. Then Colt McCoy came in.
The Texan who grew up running the one stoplight in his little old kuntry town ran all over the Texans front. Running and running and running his way close enough for Adrian Peterson to jump cut and score.
Glory to the Texans’ patented All Field Goal Offense. Ka’imi Fairbairn iced one from 54 yards to give Houston the lead once again. Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt had back-to-back sacks to force Washington to punt. A dubious holding call on Josh Norman continued Houston’s drive, and the Texans ran the clock down to 55 seconds. Fairbairn attempted another field goal; this time it blasted to the right and went wide. The stage was set for Colt McCoy to become an American hero. Down 23-21. Zero timeouts. 52 seconds.
A 63 yard field goal from Dustin Hopkins that was perfectly aimed through the uprights lands five yards short.
The Texans win. They won yet another one-possession game after starting the season 0-3 in such contests. They are now 7-3 and play the Tennessee Titans next Monday night at NRG Stadium.