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3-headed monster comes up big for Texans defense

The Texans rang up five quarterback sacks in the 23-21 win at Washington. The trio of J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus accounted for three of those five, as each player got one.

As a defense, the Texans limited Washington to just 278 yards of total offense. They shut down running back Adrian Peterson to the tune of 51 yards on 16 carries, forcing Alex Smith and then Colt McCoy to attempt a combined 39 passes. That duo completed just 18 for 189 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.

"Those guys were really getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "Especially J.J. and J.D. They did a great job. They were relentless today."

In total, the Redskins quarterbacks were hit seven times in the loss to Houston, which was the seventh straight win for the Texans.

"Seven in a row is tough to do in this League," Watt said. "So we'll take it. It's a tough League to win in. So every win is important. Every win is special "

In the fourth quarter, on the drive following Ka'imi Fairbairn's go-ahead field goal, Watt dropped McCoy for a 4-yard sack on a 1st-and-10. It pushed Washington back to its own 32-yard line. After a 4-yard pass to Jordan Reed, Clowney sacked McCoy on 3rd-and-10 from the Washington 36. The Redskins had to punt.

"It's big for the team, and something we take pride in," Clowney said. "We try to lead up front, and that's what we try to go out there and do."

Earlier in the game, Mercilus came up big for the Texans defense when it was backed up against it's end zone. On 2nd-and-goal from the Washington 7, Mercilus brought Smith down for a loss of two. The next play resulted in Justin Reid's 101-yard interception return for a score.

Houston will host the Titans a week from Monday night at NRG Stadium.

The Houston Texans are warmed up and ready to take on Washington for Week 10 of the 2018 NFL season.