Watson, Texans Win 37-34 Thriller In Indy: Season-Saving Win


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Deshaun Watson did it again. He went 29 of 45 for 375 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to steady the Texans and get them their first victory of the season.

The Texans blew a 28-10 lead; and the game went into overtime at 34-34. Frank Reich elected to go for it on fourth down in the extra period and the Texans came up with a stop. Fairburn hit the winning field goal with little time left to lift Houston.

The Colts wasted 464 yards passing from Andrew Luck on 62 attempts. Keke Coutee made his NFL debut and had 11 catches for 109 yards.

Texans 0-3 After Loss at Home To Giants


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Deshaun Watson was very good today – he moved the ball at will it seemed when he needed to; but the Texans couldn’t get enough stops on the Giants and lost 27-22. Watson finished 24 of 40 for 385 yards and 2 TD’s.

Watson just throws the ball so well and seems like a guy who will always put up huge numbers in even his worst starts; but the team around him is not good and I’m not sure Bill O’ Brien is a good head coach. At 0-3 now their season is basically over before it even had a chance to get started.

Texans Fall Short in Tennessee, 20-17


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I’m still incredibly high on Deshaun Watson. He only scratched the surface on Sunday, and still managed to go 22 of 32 for 310 yards (rating 107.6) with an interception. He ran for another 44 on five carries.

But he’s going to have to be Michael Jordan in cleats to elevate his team.

The Titans didn’t have Marcus Mariota, Taylor Lewan, or Delanie Walker. Blaine Gabbert started at QB for Tennessee. And yet; there was no issue in them beating Watson and the Texans.

Watson dug the Texans out of a 14-0 hole nicely. He cut it to 14-7 with a 25 yard scoring strike to DeAndre Hopkins. Then led a field goal drive before halftime to make it 14-10. When he took over on a drive that ended in a 39 yard beautiful scoring strike to Will Fuller, it felt like we were seeing a guy come in to his own.

Watson was probably the best player on the field Sunday, even not looking fully back to strength; even without perfect protection.

And it wasn’t enough to get by a lowly Titans team on the road – the Texans struggle mightily on the road. Now at 0-2 on the year, they’re going to face a Giants team in a loser leaves town type match. The positives are it’s in Houston and the Texans are installed as six point favorites at the moment.

Watson and the Texans can find a way to 1-2. And that’s the key right now. Look good, and win the next game. If Houston turns Watson loose, there’s nothing he can’t do throwing the football.

Dak Prescott Rises to Challenge, Beats Giants 20-13 on Sunday Night Football


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The Cowboys sacked Eli Manning six times. The defense looked borderline dominant, and Dak Prescott set the tone early and closed out the game. He ran for 45 yards on 7 rushes.

Prescott finished 16 for 25 for 160 yards and a TD, along with no interceptions. His 64-yard strike to Tavon Austin opened up scoring.

Jaylon Smith had 10 tackles, one of his best games as a pro. Zeke Elliot added a touchdown run and went for over 70 yards.

Dallas for now; is alive and well at 1-1.

It’s Sunday: Week Two 2018

This is the first time I’ve posted since the season began. I am going to make a more concerted effort to post here. The Texans travel to Tennessee at 1:00, and the Cowboys host the Giants at Jerry World on Sunday Night Football.

My kids have me in a crazy stage of life right now and I’m seeing very little college football and NFL. Battling to hang on. That said; I’m looking forward to today, and I will do recap posts of at least the Texans and Cowboys games here.