Houston Texans gain 3rd win of season by defeating the Patriots

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans played one of their best games of the 2020 season in Week 11.

It was a grand day for the Houston Texans, Deshaun Watson and the defense led by J.J. Watt. For the first time in franchise history the Texans defeated the New England Patriots for the second consecutive season, winning on Sunday in Week 11 by a 27-20 score.

Deshaun Watson was involved in all three touchdowns in the win, with three passing and one amazing rushing touchdown. The Texans also had a great game from J.J. Watt and the defense with Watt having four batted down passes. The defense also put tough pressure on Cam Newton and the New England offense for their best overall game of 2020.

This win showed that the Houston Texans can not only defeat a team not named the Jacksonville Jaguars, but also they are still trying to play the best even with an overall losing record. This win moves the Texans to 3-7 overall in 2020.

Think about this … the Texans before winning two straight seasons against the Patriots had lost six straight to New England, and this is just the third time in 13 meetings the Texans have even won against the Patriots.

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Deshaun Watson went 28-of-37 for 344 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Houston Texans win. Watson also led the Texans with six carries for 36 yards and one rushing touchdown. Though the Houston Texans had no 100-yard receivers this week, they had three players catch for at least 80 yards.

Brandin Cooks led the Texans with four receptions for 85 yards, while Jordan Akins had five receptions for 83 yards, as this was his best game of his career. There was also Will Fuller with six receptions for 80 yards.

There was even a sighting of Keke Coutee who caught two passes for 10 yards, but he also caught one of the two Watson touchdown passes. Coutee had extended playing time due to Randall Cobb being injured in the game. Coutee was targeted by Watson four times on Sunday.

Now for the Houston Texans defense as they had a total of six passes defensed. There were the aforementioned four made by Watt, but Bradley Roby and Carlos Watkins also each had a pass defended. Defensive back Justin Reid had one sack, as did rookie Jonathan Greenard. Also the pressure brought at times by Zach Cunningham has to be given praise as well.

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Patriots quarterback Cam Newton played under pressure for a decent amount of time in Week 11, but he managed to finish 26-of-40 for 365 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Damien Harris led New England with 43 yards rushing and one touchdown on 11 carries. Damiere Byrd was the leading receiver for the Patriots with six receptions for 132 yards and one touchdown.

Again, the Houston Texans did what they needed to do to earn a respectable win and show everyone they aren’t going to fold over for the rest of the 2020 season. The Texans have a quick turnaround as they are scheduled to play the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving this upcoming Thursday at Ford Field.

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This was a much needed win by the Texans, and now they are on to Detroit, looking for their fourth win of the season.