After trailing 17–7 to the Texans in the third quarter, the Washington Redskins took a 21-20 lead with 11:57 left to play, breaking a streak of nine-straight games without a lead change.
The Washington Redskins experienced their first lead change of the 2018 season on Sunday.
The Redskins (6–3) trailed the Texans (6–3) 17–7 in the third quarter before going ahead 21–20 on a seven-yard touchdown run from Adrian Peterson with 11:57 left to play in the fourth.
The Redskins allowed ten points to the Texans in the first quarter before cutting Houston's lead to three with a Peterson score in the second. Houston made it 17–7 after Justin Reid returned an Alex Smith interception 101 yards for a touchdown. Colt McCoy, replacing an injured Alex Smith, made it 17–14 on a nine yard touchdown pass to Jordan Reed before Peterson's fourth-quarter run gave Washington its first lead.
Before Sunday, every lead for the Redskins and their opponents has been safe this season. Washington scored first and never trailed in the team's six wins. In their three losses, the Redskins allowed the game's first points and never led. Washington's streak of nine-straight games without a lead change was the first since the team's 1954 season.
The Redskins have won just 15 out of 54 games in which they've trailed at any point since coach Jay Gruden took over in 2014.