Redskins.com looks at two key matchups to keep an eye on during Sunday's Redskins-Texans game at FedExField.
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Santana Moss vs. Texans Cornerbacks
The Redskins' passing game got off to a slow start in Week 1 vs. Dallas, but Santana Moss did his part. He had six catches for 77 yards in the Redskins' winning effort.
In preseason and Week 1, Redskins coaches have moved Moss around to take advantage of matchups – he has even seen action in the slot during games – so this Sunday he could line up against each of the Texans' cornerbacks.
In his 10th season, Moss continues to use his dynamic speed to get open, but he is still looking for his first big play of the season. His longest reception vs. Dallas was 17 yards.
Last week, the Texans built a 17-point second-half lead over the Indianapolis Colts, forcing Peyton Manning and company to air the ball out in a comeback effort.
The Texans' secondary ended up yielding a whopping 419 passing yards, including a 73-yard touchdown pass from Manning to wide receiver Austin Collie late in the fourth quarter. It wasn't enough as the Texans prevailed 34-24.
The Texans' cornerbacks are young, but have potential. Kareem Jackson is a rookie first-round draft pick who is starting for the Texans. Glover Quin, the other starter, and Brice McCain are both second-year players.
They were tested, certainly, against the Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. If Moss uses his experience to his advantage, he should provide a similar challenge.
London Fletcher vs. Arian Foster
London Fletcher is right on pace for another 100 tackle season.
Fletcher posted 11 tackles in the Redskins' season-opening win over the Dallas Cowboys. Once again, his ability to get in position to make tackles and his sound fundamentals kept the Cowboys' running backs from a having a huge impact on the game.
One area of concern: the Cowboys averaged 4.7 yards per carry against the Redskins, and Fletcher is sure to want the defense to improve on that stat in the games ahead.
This Sunday, Fletcher and the Redskins' defense are tasked with stopping Arian Foster and making the Texans' offense one-dimensional.
Foster, a practice squad player a year ago, has become a sudden sensation after his performance last week against the Colts. He rushed for 231 yards on 33 carries – a 7.0-yard average – and three touchdowns in the Texans' 34-24 win.
He appeared to get stronger as the Colts game went on, with 191 of his yards coming in the second half.
At 6-1 and 227 pounds, Foster is a good-sized back who can power through tacklers. He could require several tacklers to bring him down.