Houston, we have a problem

Both teams coming into Sunday’s game were undefeated, so one team was going to be 2-0 and the other 1-1. Although the Skins led at halftime, 20-7, the Houston Texans scored 20 unanswered points to defeat the Washington Redskins 30-27 in overtime. The Redskins had a chance to win it with a field goal in OT but, as kicker Graham Gano attempted and made a 52-yard field goal, the Texans called time out to ice the kicker. It worked because Gano missed his second attempt wide right. In the following seven-play possession, the Texans lined up for an easy 35-yard field goal in overtime to win it.
Notable players for the Skins are: quarterback Donovan McNabb went 28-38 with 426 passing yards. Wide receiver Santana Moss had nine catches and 89 yards on the day. Safety Reed Doughty and linebacker Rocky McIntosh led the defense with 14 tackles each.
Next up for the Redskins is their first away game of the season. They travel to St. Louis with 4:00 p.m. kickoff. That game will be aired on FOX. Looks like it will be without backup running back Larry Johnson. He was cut Tuesday. Sporting News reports that the team signed free-agent running back Chad Simpson to replace Johnson on the roster.

Losing ways continue for the Washington Nationals as they got swept by the Philadelphia Phillies this past weekend in Philly. The Nats return home tomorrow for the final 10 games left at Nationals Park this season. They have a four game series with the Houston Astros, and a three game series with the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies to round out the 81 home games played at Nats Park this season. At this writing, the Nats record is 62-88. Monday’s pitching matchup of Livan Hernandez against Bud Norris ended with a victory by the Astros after a three-error fifth inning. Tuesday, Nats John Lannan pitches against Astros J. A. Happ.

D.C United continued to slide as they lost Saturday night to the LA Galaxy 2-1 in LA. They return home to face the Houston Dynamo Saturday Sep. 25 at RFK Stadium. A win might salve the wounds left by Houston’s football and baseball teams.

Lastly, the Washington Capitals training camp started at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

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