Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson’s performance was wasted in Week 6
The Houston Texans had an MVP-type performance from Deshaun Watson that was wasted in a loss.
Do the Houston Texans realize how lucky they are to have a quarterback with the talent and abilities of Deshaun Watson on their roster? Many teams in the league would bend over backward to put out the very best team possible while having a player like Watson under center, especially since he’s one of the highest-paid players in the entire league.
Deshaun Watson had one of he very best games in recent memory as he threw for over 300 yards, and the offense scored over 35 points, but the defense didn’t show up when needed the most as another loss was added to the overall total, putting the Texans at 1-5 overall.
Watson was doing nearly everything correctly, he was making outstanding plays that resulted in points, and he was being the leader the Houston Texans need him to be each and every week. It is a shame that Watson played as well as he did, and the offense scored as many points as they did, and it came down to the defense not being clutch in the fourth quarter and in overtime.
Watson finished the 42-36 loss 28-of-37 for 335 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Granted, the first half of the game the offense of the Texans couldn’t score many points as they trailed 21-10 at halftime, but they made up for things in the second half with 13 points in both the third and fourth quarters.
Watson also rushed for 26 yards on four carries, nearly half of what David Johnson rushed for (19 carries for 57 yards) on a lot fewer carries.
Following the Week 6 loss, Houston Texans head coach Romeo Crennel said the following about how Deshaun Watson played against the Titans in comments provided by NFL Communications:
"“Well, he had a great performance, and he does unbelievable things on the field. He can get out of trouble, and, you know, it is tough when you are not able to take advantage of a performance like that. And that’s the thing that we wanted to do. We thought we had a chance to do, but we didn’t do. So we gotta go back and hopefully he can have more performances like that and then defensively we can do a better job to help him out.”"
Crennel is correct in saying Watson does incredible things on the field. Like the interim head coach also stated, it is tough to see a team lose following the way Deshaun Watson played because Watson is such a talented player it is a shame that when he’s not on the field, that is when the Texans lose leads and aren’t playing their best football.
Texans: Deshaun Watson has passed for at least 300 yards 3 straight weeks
Deshaun Watson has been on point with his overall play the past three games. This past Sunday, he made a scrambling play to elude a few defenders to find Randall Cobb in the end zone for points. There was another play against the Titans where Deshaun Watson threw a 53-yard touchdown to showcase his deep pass ability.
Watson did it all on Sunday in the overtime loss to Tennessee, and it can’t be said enough that if the defense would have shown up a little stronger — they allowed 601 total yards in Week 6 — the offense did more than enough to win this game.
Even in the two previous games, Watson passed for 300 yards (20-of-33) with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and in Week 5 against Jacksonville the numbers for Watson included 359 yards passing (25-of-35) with three touchdowns and two interceptions. In those games, the Texans are 1-2 .
Eventually things will turn around for the Houston Texans as a whole. Most likely it won’t happen this season, and playoff talk is all but a distant memory, so the rest of this season the Texans need to worry about making Watson the best he can be and see where improvement need to be made on the offense.
The defense, in a quick assessment, needs to make changes in the starting lineup, give players more opportunities who are in a reserve role and figure out a way for that unit to help the offense in future games when Watson and Co. builds a lead.