Sunday, September 19, 2010

Recap: Tale of the Tape | Houston (2-0) @ Washington (1-1) | Week Two

Most Valuable Player: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, $7M guaranteed
Schaub's 497 passing yards represents the third most passing yards achieved by a Redskins opponent in the franchise's history.  Coming off of a 2009 season in which he threw for 4,770 yards, 6th most in NFL history, Schaub could be lining himself up for a new contract.  Schaub is currently playing under a contract that was constructed when he was acquired from the Falcons and there was uncertainty around whether or not he could be a franchise quarterback.  Schaub has proven, when healthy, to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the game, and yet his $7M guarantee and $8M/year contract is far below the market value for an elite quarterback.  Schaub currently has 2010 & 2011 on his deal; look for Schaub, just like Drew Brees who also has 2010 & 2011 left on his deal, to get a lucrative high-end quarterback contract in the very near future.

Least Valuable Player: Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, $21.5M guaranteed
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is arguably the best wide receiver in the game and makes a lot of elite, highly paid corners look bad over the course of the season; however, when underrated wide receiver Kevin Walter goes for 144 yards and Jacoby Jones goes for 53 yards, it signifies an overall lack of productivity in the defensive secondary.  It's expected for Hall to be that secondary's playmaker, and with 52 pass attempts, there was plenty of opportunity for the secondary to make plays.

Random Notes:
- the 18 yards rushing by the Redskins was the 3rd lowest output in franchise history

- the 426 passing yards by Donovan McNabb represent the most passing yards by a losing Redskins quarterback in franchise history.

- McNabb's 239 passing yards in the 1st half represents the second most 1st half passing yards in Redskins history.

- as previously mentioned, the 497 passing yards by Matt Schaub are the 3rd most by an opposing Redskins quarterback in franchise history.

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