The offense of the Houston Texans looked the best it had all season, and in doing so the Texans gained their fifth straight win of the season.
There was no problem with the Houston Texans defense on Thursday Night Football as the unit shined in primetime to gain their fifth consecutive victory of the season, as big plays from Deshaun Watson to multiple players led to a 42-23 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Watson had an excellent game, which was very exciting to see. The Texans quarterback had crisp passes, and the rest of the offense took full advantage of mismatches and miscues by the Miami defense, which resulted in points.
One of the big-play touchdowns was a 73-yard reception by Will Fuller in the third quarter, and later in the same quarter, there was the 49-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins which led to a 35-20 lead. Also in the game, Jordan Thomas had two touchdown receptions
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Watson ended the game going 16-of-20 for 239 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions. Hopkins totaled six receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Fuller finished with five receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown, though there was a scary moment in the fourth quarter where Fuller was injured and holding his knee in the end zone. He didn’t return in the game.
There was also the running game of Lamar Miller, as he gained over 100 yards rushing for the second consecutive week, a feat he hadn’t achieved since October 2015. On Thursday night, Miller finished with 18 carries for 133 yards and one touchdown.
The defense played well for the most part, too, holding the Dolphins to just 10 points in the first half. J.J. Watt improved on his game from this past Sunday as he collected a sack and finished with three tackles (two tackles for loss).
Again, there were many good things for the Texans in this game (Tyrann Mathieu had a sack and Justin Reid had an interception), but it is OK to be excited about the season now and to be excited for this offense after this game. In each of the past two weeks, the Texans offense has looked much better and that is because the rushing game is on track, which opens up the wide receivers and boom, success happens.
If the offensive line can just get their tackle play straightened up a little more, and if Watson remembers to not take the big hits, this could be a highly touted offense for the rest of the season, which isn’t something even thought of after the first three weeks of the season.
The win keeps the Texans in first place in the AFC South no matter what the rest of the division does on Sunday, so enjoy this win, relax this weekend and get ready for next week as the Texans
prepare for a road game against the Denver Broncos in Week 9.