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Offense: Grade B+
The Commanders continued their rushing dominance as they racked up 153 yards on the ground against an overmatched Texans defense. Antonio Gibson led the way with 72 yards rushing while Brian Robinson added 57 yards. Heinicke wasn’t asked to do to much but just manage the offense and he did just that going 15/27 for 191 yards and no TD’s or INT’s. The offense again dominated the time of possession battle holding the ball for 35 minutes. The offense certainly missed chances to score more points but overall did a good job today.
Defense: Grade A-
The defense was excellent today. The Commanders defensive line wreaked havoc all day. Allen, Payne and Sweat provided constant pressure picking up a several sacks and tackles for loss. That pressure allowed the secondary to play tight coverage on the backend. Kendall Fuller was able to get thingsstarted with a first quarter interception return for touchdown. Darrick Forrest continued to impress with his range from the free safety position coming down with his team leading 3rd INT of the season. Even more impressive than the Commanders pass defense was the rush defense. The Commanders held the Texan’s star rookie running back to 10 carries and 8 yards rushing for the game. While not a perfect game from the defense, they were very close.
Special Teams: Grade B+
Antonio Gibson and Dax Milne both had solid games returning kicks and punts respectively. K Joey Slye made all his field goal attempts and all his extra points.
Coaching: Grade B-
The coaching staff had a good gameplan today. They neutralized the only weapon the Texans had on offense which was running back Dameon Pierce. The offense continued to let the running game eat up time of possession while wearing out the opposing defense. I would have liked for the offense to score more touchdowns against a really bad Texans defense but overall a good effort from the coaches.