[Houston Chronicle] [NFL.com]
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.
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.
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.
Not a huge fan of Chris Simms in general – he’s a liberal little asshole. I like his father a lot more. That said, I like what he has to say about my boy here.
Madden ’19 drops August 10th, just four days after I return from Los Angeles. I can’t wait to get going and start playing this game.
The guy knows his football…
The Texans Madden 19 ratings were released today. I posted the top players in the image above. Deshaun Watson kind of got snubbed a little bit, but at the same time it’s tough for me to wish for more since the guy only saw about a half season’s worth of action in 2018.
I’ll be rolling with the Texans this fall. I’ll document the games here and post the games on YouTube. It looks like the Texans have a full fledged gamebreaker in Deandre Hopkins; and three defensive players over 90.
I like John McClain. He’s been around since the Houston Oilers were in the league. He’s got 10 thoughts before training camp begins in just a few weeks.
One stood out to me.
Watching Watson’s progress.
What we saw during a seven-game, six-start snapshot in his rookie year was captivating. He spent the offseason rehabbing his right knee but participated in the OTAs and minicamp. He was kept out of team drills to protect his knee. By the time camp begins, it will have been nine months since Watson underwent surgery for a torn ACL. He knows the system. Coach Bill O’Brien knows Watson’s strengths and weaknesses. Watson is familiar with his teammates, and they’re familiar with him. As he continues to make progress, one thing will be obvious: The Texans could have the most prolific offense in the NFL.