From his health struggles to his ability to change the momentum of a game in less than four seconds, Will Fuller remains the biggest x-factor for the Houston Texans offense.
The Houston Texans shocked the Kansas City Chiefs and pundits alike with their impressive win in Week 6 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Texans will have to replicate some of their success they had back then to defeat a tough team that is heavily favored to advance to the AFC Championship game.
Will Fuller had an up and down performance against the Chiefs in Week 6 with three drops that could have resulted in touchdowns, but he finished the game with five receptions for 44 yards. Houston went on to win the game 31-24, but Fuller’s big-play ability was on full display as he kept the defense honest with a balanced attack.
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Houston will benefit from having Fuller lining up across from DeAndre Hopkins and could increase their chances of winning on the road against the Chiefs if he can play.
The Texans have struggled to win without Fuller while he has dealt with hamstring and groin injuries this season, and the Texans will need their best players on the field to face the better teams in the league.
Excluding the Week 17 loss against the Tennessee Titans in which the majority of the starters rested, The Texans went 2-1 in the three games that Fuller was inactive with a hamstring injury, and 1-1 in games that he exited early due to injury through the regular season.
The Texans showed those previous traces of struggling without Fuller in the playoffs but managed to get their offense going in the second half against the Buffalo Bills after being in the brink of elimination facing a 16 point deficit at halftime.
The Texans and Fuller will discover a lot about one another if he plays this Sunday with him not playing in the playoffs dating back to his rookie season in 2016.
Fuller has improved a lot since his first year in the league, and he will have the opportunity to demonstrate his growth if he plays in one of the biggest games Houston has this season.