J. J. Watt, superhero. Texans win 23-17


Sep 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates after the victory over the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

J. J. Watt, superhero. Is there anything this man cannot do? He now has 2 touchdowns for the year, one as a receiver the other on an interception that he ran back for 79 yards to put the Texans into the lead over the Buffalo Bills. It was third and short right about the 20 yard line, field position courtesy of a Ryan Fitzpatrick when Watt sniffed out a swing pass and snagged it out of the air. It was rather loud here at the Rogers home but not nearly as loud as NRG as Watt trotted down the field. The Texans went up 10-14 and capped the quarter off with a 41 yard field goal late in the quarter which kicker Randy Bullock followed up with two 50+ field goals to seal the game as 23-17. While the Texans did walk off the field with a 3-1 record, it was an ugly slog of a game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was picked off twice and lead the Texans for rushing with six carries for 14 yards. Yes folks, the Texans run game was a mere 37 yards. Foster looked slow, Blue couldn’t find a hole and while Damaris Johnson had a nice 8 yards one a nifty little reverse the Texans had no fireworks on the ground. Through the air Andre Johnson lead the team with 71 yards on 6 catches as the Texans manged 268 yards through the air including a beautiful 35 yard catch by DeAndre Hopkins for a touchdown.

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Four games into the season the Texans offensively have been sluggish with little cohesion to be seen. Relying heavily on Foster through the first two games worked but more by sheer will power then actually being efficient. The Texans have yet to find a stride and today’s win was in spite of the offenses performance. If anyone had doubts as to why J. J. Watt got a huge payday, this win was his.

Bill O’Brien got the win over his old friend Doug Marrone but neither man will be happy with their teams performance today. There were good things, Darryl Morris was a monster today including the game winning interception that ended Buffalo’s last minute attempt to win it. Jarick Crick lead the team with 1.5 sacks and Brian Cushing put up good numbers with 8 solo tackles and a pass defended. But it was two teams playing ugly ball all day, fortunately the Texans 100 million dollar man beat the Bills 100 million dollar man.

Next week the Texans stay near home and travel to Jerry World to face the Dallas Cowboys, the offense is really going to have to find a groove to keep pace with the hard charging Dallas squad that’s high energy and fearless.

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