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Schaub rallies Texans past Jaguars, 43-37

Schaub rallies Texans past Jaguars, 43-37

HOUSTON (AP) For weeks Andre Johnson has been saying he was finally feeling like himself again after last year's injury plagued season.

He hopes his career-best 273-yard performance, including a 48-yard game-winning touchdown reception, in Houston's 43-37 overtime win over Jacksonville on Sunday proves his point.

``Maybe you guys will believe me after that,'' Johnson said with a laugh.

Johnson's 273 yards receiving on a career-high 14 receptions were the most in the NFL since 2000.

Matt Schaub threw for 527 yards and career-high five scores as the Texans rallied from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit for the victory.

Schaub said he didn't have to say anything to the team before the game-winning drive.

``We knew what we had to get done,'' the quarterback said.

Schaub's yards passing are tied for the second most in NFL history. Warren Moon also threw for 527 yards for the Houston Oilers in December 1990 against Kansas City. Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951.

``Tremendous play by our quarterback, and probably as good a day as I've ever seen by a wide receiver,'' Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. ``As a matter of fact, I know it is.''

Chad Henne threw for 354 yards and a career-high four touchdowns filling in for Blaine Gabbert after he bruised his right elbow on a hit on Jacksonville's first series.

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey thought Henne did a nice job, but wouldn't say who will start for his team next week.

``After I evaluate the tape, a decision will be made,'' he said.

Henne had some big plays to rookie receiver Justin Blackmon, who had a season-high seven catches for 236 yards.

``He has gotten better and better and better every week, and today was good for him and good for our team to see that,'' Mularkey said of Blackmon, a first-round pick. ``I'm sure it will carry over.''

Houston had a shot to win it earlier in overtime, but Schaub was intercepted by Derek Cox. But they got another chance after Jacksonville's offense stalled to set up Johnson's game-winner.

``Bad things are going to happen,'' Johnson said of Schaub's interception in overtime. ``But you have to move on from it.''

The teams exchanged field goals in overtime to tie it at 37-all.

Houston could have won it in regulation, but Shayne Graham's field goal attempt from 47 yards was wide left. It would have been from 42, but the Texans had a false start when they first lined up to kick it.

Houston used a 1-yard touchdown reception by Garrett Graham to get within 34-27 with about six minutes remaining.

Blackmon was open, but couldn't handle the throw on third down and the Jaguars had to punt after that, giving the Texans a chance to tie it.

The Texans capped a 90-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown reception by Graham to tie it at 34-all with about 1 1/2 minutes left.

Keshawn Martin was chased down from behind by the punter on a 71-yard return early in the fourth quarter with Houston trailing by a touchdown. But the Texans came up empty when Schaub was intercepted by Paul Posluszny two plays later.

The Jaguars were facing third-and-21 on the ensuing drive when Henne hit Blackmon over the middle, and he shed a pair of defenders on the way to an 81-yard touchdown to make it 34-20.

Jacksonville went up 17-14 early in the third on a 40-yard field goal by Josh Scobee.

Arian Foster fumbled three plays later and the Jaguars recovered on the Houston 11. Jacksonville took advantage of the turnover when a wide-open Marcedes Lewis grabbed a 1-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 27-17 later in the third.

Houston settled for a 27-yard field goal when the offense stalled inside the red zone to cut the lead to 27-20 near the end of the third quarter.

Houston took an early 7-0 lead when Schaub connected with rookie Martin on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

Gabbert was injured when he was hit by Danieal Manning and fumbled on Jacksonville's first drive.

Henne took over and the Jaguars evened it up when Lewis grabbed a 13-yard reception from him later in the first.

Cecil Shorts got in front of the defense on a 67-yard catch and run to give Jacksonville a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

The Texans answered with a 1-yard touchdown reception by tight end James Casey to tie it again.

The teams exchanged field goals late in the second quarter to leave tied at 17-all at halftime.

NOTES: Posluszny received four stitches on his forehead after being injured in overtime. ... RB Jalen Parmele had 80 yards rushing. .... Gabbert was 2 of 2 for 24 yards before leaving the game. ... Graham's two touchdowns were a career-high.

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Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green hopes recent playoff success can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green's basketball résumé got a significant boost this spring and summer as his Cleveland Cavaliers marched all the way to the NBA Finals before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was Green's first time going past the second round of the playoffs and the experience, he says, was invaluable.

Green has come about as close to winning a championship without actually winning one and he certainly hopes to get back in that position. Green believes his new team, the Washington Wizards, have the tools to make a deep playoff run and it's one of the reasons why he signed a free agent deal to join them.

"Being there last year myself with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot. It takes a lot of pieces. I feel like this team has them," he said. "We can get back to that point. When I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for myself to get there."

The Wizards' franchise has not been past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they were known as the Bullets. That was before anyone on their roster was born.

But Green pointed to the open Eastern Conference and the talent on the roster as reasons to believe they can accomplish some things that they haven't in decades. They may be capable, but putting it all together is easier said than done.

Green hopes to be one of the glue guys necessary for the Wizards to reach their potential, in part by sharing the lessons he learned.

"Never take it for granted. There are a lot of greats that have never been there," he said. "Getting to the Finals and being part of that was beyond amazing. With the experience and seeing what it took, I can bring that here and get everybody on the same page of knowing what it takes and the sacrifices that you have to do to get to that point."

Green over and over mentioned how it takes a collective effort to go to the conference finals and beyond, but he did show some self-awareness and a sense of humor about his own experience in Cleveland. All teams are different and the one he just left was a unique situation.

"You can’t get there individually. I mean, you can, we did last year. I mean, LeBron [James] carried us all the way there," he joked. "But there’s only one LeBron, but to get there you have to have team unity. You all have to be on the same page and sacrifice to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing… unless you’re LeBron."

If the Wizards are to reach their goals and go to the conference finals or the NBA Finals, they will have to do it differently than the Cavaliers did. They do not have a player on the level of James who can do much of it by himself. But Green said the process of imparting his wisdom has already started.

"I talked to John [Wall]," Green said. "Knowing that he wants to get to the Finals, I was just picking his brain and what he thinks is needed to get there. And me sharing my experience of getting to the Finals and what it takes."

The Wizards have reached a point as an organization where they have urgency to reach new heights. Green believes he can help them get there.

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Need to Know: The best pass rushers the Redskins will face in 2018

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Need to Know: The best pass rushers the Redskins will face in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 19, seven days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The five best pass rushers the Redskins will face in 2018

This week we’ll be looking at the best of what the Redskins will face during the 2018 season. Today the pass rushers are up. They are roughly ranked by Pro Football Focus’ pass rush productivity metric, although I did some juggling based on offseason moves and other factors. Prior to this we looked at the best teamsreceivers,running backs, and quarterbacks

1. Calais Campbell, Jaguars—If he gets a sack against the Redskins in Week 15, many fans will once again rue draft day in 2008 when the Redskins took both WR Devin Thomas and TE Fred Davis in the second round while Campbell was still on the board. He has been a consistent pass rusher since coming into the league, averaging eight sacks a season. Campbell is coming off of a career-high 14.5. 

2. Demarcus Lawrence, Cowboys—He had nine career sacks going into last year and then he broke out in a big way with 14.5. He got three sacks against the Redskins last year and has five in six career games. He actually ranked ahead of Campbell in the PFF pass rush metric, but I put Campbell ahead of him because we’re not sure if Lawrence is a great pass rusher or if he just peaked in his contract year. 

3. Chandler Jones, Cardinals—He posted double-digit sacks in four of the last five years including a league-leading 17 last season. His 2017 performance earned him first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career. Jones does more than get sacks. He has 16 career forced fumbles; only five players have forced more since he came into the league in 2012.

4. J.J. Watt, Texans—Injuries have limited him to eight games over the past two seasons. Even if the missed time has him beneath his peak years of 2012-2015, when he was first-team All-Pro every year and defensive player of the year three times, he will be difficult to deal with. 

5. Brian Orakpo, Titans—His career with the Redskins was a mixed bag, with two Pro Bowls and two seasons with double-digit sacks. After Orakpo missed 23 games from 2012-2015, the Redskins didn’t make him a competitive contract offer and he left to sign with the Titans. He hasn’t missed a game in three seasons in Tennessee and has averaged eight sacks per season. 

Best of the rest: Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars; Clay Matthews, Packers; Vic Beasley, Falcons; Jason Pierre-Paul, Buccaneers; Cam Jordan, Saints

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Timeline 

Redskins six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams was born on this date in 1988.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 7
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 21
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 44

The Redskins last played a game 200 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 52 days. 

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