Final

Redskins 31

(1-2, 1-1 away)

Texans 15

(0-3, 0-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 24, 2006

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 7 14 7 331
HOU 7 0 0 815

Top Performers

Passing: M. Brunell (WSH) - 261 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Betts (WSH) - 16 CAR, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 11 REC, 152 YDS

Brunell sets record with 22 straight completions in win

HOUSTON (ESPN.com news services) -- Mark Brunell spent all week trying to ignore the criticism. Then he spent all of Sunday quieting it.

It was over when ...
Clinton Portis capped the first half with a 30-yard touchdown run, leaving Texans defenders in his wake as he gave Washington a 21-7 lead in his first start of the season.
Game ball goes to ...
Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell, who set an NFL record by completing his first 22 passes. He threw for 267 yards and a touchdown.
Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Washington went back to old-fashioned Redskins football and took it to the Texans. The Redskins rushed for 234 yards (Ladell Betts had 124, Clinton Portis 86) and Brunell was a very efficient 24-of-27. Until the Texans can find a way to stop the run, they are going to struggle in all aspects of the game.

One connection after another, Brunell kept finding holes in the Houston Texans' shaky defense, breaking an NFL record for consecutive completed passes en route to Washington's first win. Brunell completed his first 22 throws and Clinton Portis scored two touchdowns in his first start of the season as the Redskins beat Houston 31-15.

Washington had scored just one touchdown in its first two games, both losses. Against the hapless Houston defense -- which entered the game ranked last in the league -- the Redskins got things turned around.

"It was a tough week -- a lot of things being said," Brunell said. "So you do your best to block those things out and go forward, keep playing hard, keep working hard."

Brunell, 36, set the record when he found Santana Moss on 6-yard pass late in the third quarter. The old record was held by Oakland's Rich Gannon, who completed 21 straight against Denver on Nov. 11 2002.

Brunell almost didn't get the record. Sitting on 21 straight completions in the third quarter, Brunell missed on a fade route to Brandon Lloyd in the end zone. But the Texans were called for a roughing-the-passer penalty.

"I said, 'Hey, tell him,'" Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. "I'd hate to have him do something like trying to lob one downfield, and [assistant coach] Al [Saunders] did a good job getting a safe call there."

Moss caught the record-breaker close to the line of scrimmage on the first play of the Redskins' next possession.

Brunell's first incompletion came two plays later, when Houston's Travis Johnson batted down a pass intended for Lloyd.

"It's a nice honor, but the credit should go to the 11 guys who were on the field," he said. "That's an offensive team record, really. The receivers were in the right spots, the offensive line did great. We ran the ball like we wanted to."

The Redskins finished with 495 yards to Houston's 261.

Brunell entered the game with a completion rate of 57 percent, sparking calls for his benching. He finished 24-of-27 for 261 yards and a touchdown and completed passes to eight players.

"You can't do much better than he did today," Gibbs said. "He threw everything pinpoint and made some very good plays. You could kind of see in Mark that he's a great competitor."

It was another frustrating loss for the winless Texans and their new coach, Gary Kubiak.

"It wasn't good," Kubiak said of his defense. "We'll have to take a hard look at what we're doing, how we're doing it and who we're doing it with. We've got a long way to go."

The score was 7-7 when Antwaan Randle El caught a 23-yard pass before high stepping his way into the end zone for his first touchdown as a Redskin to give Washington (1-2) the lead early in the second quarter.

Portis capped the first half by leaving a trail of four diving Houston defenders in his wake on a 30-yard touchdown run that gave the Redskins a 21-7 lead. Portis celebrated the score with a dance that was interrupted by hugs from teammates.

Portis had 10 carries for 39 yards off the bench in the opener before sitting out last weekend's 27-10 loss to Dallas while recovering from a partially dislocated left shoulder. He had 16 carries for 86 yards and two receptions for 78 yards against Houston.

In the third, Portis lost the ball as he was diving for the end zone, and it was ruled a fumble. Gibbs challenged the ruling and it was overturned, giving Washington the ball on the 1.

Portis bulled for the touchdown on the next play.

He also set up the Redskins' first score when he took a shovel pass 74 yards before being shoved out of bounds by Dunta Robinson at the 13. Two plays later, Ladell Betts scored on a 9-yard run to tie it at 7 in the first quarter. Betts had 16 carries for 124 yards.

The Texans (0-3) led early when David Carr hit tight end Mark Bruener on a 2-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. They added a score on another 2-yard pass, this time to Owen Daniels to make it 31-13 early in the fourth quarter, and Ron Dayne ran for the 2-point conversion.

In between the two scores, the Texans' offense was dreadful. Carr fumbled on a quarterback keeper, fumbled two snaps from backup center Drew Hodgdon and had two passes batted down at the line of scrimmage.

"It's an embarrassing situation," Robinson said. "Right now, we can't even keep the games close. We've got to get better or we're going to be the laughingstock of the NFL again."

Game notes


Donovan McNabb holds the NFL record for most consecutive passes completed over a two-game span with 24. That was 10 straight on Nov. 28, 2004, against the Giants and 14 in a row on Dec. 5, 2004, against Green Bay. ... No. 1 pick Mario Williams had two tackles and an assist, but again failed to get to the quarterback. ... Dayne started his first game in almost two years and had 14 carries for 58 yards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
HOU
1st Downs2517
Passing 1st downs
1011
Rushing 1st downs
134
1st downs from penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
9-133-7
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6848
Total Yards495261
Yards per play7.35.4
Total Drives1010
Passing261200
Comp-Att
24-2719-29
Yards per pass
9.76.7
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-01-8
Rushing23461
Rushing Attempts
4118
Yards per rush
5.73.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-2
Penalties12-1267-57
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession38:2721:33

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brunell24/272619.7100-0
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Carr19/292087.2211-8

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Betts161247.8126
Portis16865.4230
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dayne14584.1011
Carr331.003

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Portis27839.0074
Moss6508.3013
HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson1115213.8053
Moulds4276.809

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHHOU
houTD11:38Mark Bruener, 2 yd pass from David Carr
Drive info: 4 plays, 66 yds, 1:20
07
wshTD8:55Ladell Betts, 9 yd run
Drive info: 5 plays, 91 yds, 2:46
67
SECOND QUARTERWSHHOU
wshTD15:00Antwaan Randle El, 23 yd pass from Mark Brunell
Drive info: 11 plays, 74 yds, 5:53
137
wshTD0:09Clinton Portis, 30 yd run
Drive info: 10 plays, 82 yds, 4:49
207
THIRD QUARTERWSHHOU
wshTD5:46Clinton Portis, 1 yd run
Drive info: 14 plays, 70 yds, 8:28
277
FOURTH QUARTERWSHHOU
wshFG14:55John Hall 46 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 33 yds, 1:59
317
houTD12:28Owen Daniels, 2 yd pass from David Carr
Drive info: 7 plays, 71 yds, 2:29
3113
houTD5:26Shantee Orr, 15 yd fumble return
Drive info: 12 plays, 53 yds, 7:20
3115