5. The Quarterbacks: Brees vs. Watson
What could be the most entertaining part of this game is the two quarterbacks with Drew Brees leading the New Orleans Saints, while Deshaun Watson will be the leader for the Houston Texans, as for Watson it will be the start of his third year in the league.
Watson begins this upcoming season with a career 66.4 completion percentage, including last season where the completion percentage was 68.3 percent with 4,165 yards and a QB Rating of 103.1. Watson finished last season with 26 touchdown passes, nine interceptions and even rushed for 551 yards on 99 attempts in the 16 regular-season games he played.
Watson averaged 34.4 yards per game rushing and had 5.6 yards per rush last season. He even had two rushes for over 20-plus yards, including one going for 34 yards, finishing the season with five rushing touchdowns.
On the back end of his career, Brees is still one of the top quarterbacks in the league, as he will eventually be selected to be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his overall career performance he’s compiled throughout the past 18 seasons.
Brees is coming off a season where he passed for 3,992 yards for 32 touchdowns with five interceptions, finishing the year with a 74.4 completion percentage and 115.7 QB Rating. For his career, Brees has passed for over 74,000 yards, and to go with that, he has 520 touchdown passes and is a Super Bowl champion.
The Saints veteran quarterback will be facing a Texans secondary in this game that is unknown as they have some new faces on the unit with Tashaun Gipson at cornerback and Bradley Roby at nickel, with both players added via free agency this offseason.
This will be very interesting to see how both quarterbacks fare when this game eventually arrives. Both are more than capable of taking control of the game. It will be an opportunity for Watson to showcase his skills in front of the entire football world, and for Brees, he has a chance to add to his legacy that already stands out.