Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans favored in Week 16

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans are hosting the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.

When one looks at the odds of the Houston Texans with Deshaun Watson for their Week 16 home game at NRG Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals, even with just four wins to their credit, it is no surprise they are the favorites going into the game.

The Action Network has the Houston Texans as -9 favorites in the odds against the Bengals, as Cincinnati is 3-10-1 and the Texans are 4-10 going into the game. The main reason why the Texans are such large favorites over the Bengals entering this week’s game is most likely the fact that they are winning the quarterback matchup on paper, and it is not even close.

Houston is sending out Deshaun Watson as their starting quarterback for the 15th straight week this season where he’s second in the league in passing yards with 4,134 yards, and he’s ninth in passing touchdowns with 27, which is a career-high for Watson in his fourth season. Watson does have 10 interceptions, which is 10th in the NFL in 2020.

In December of 2020, Deshaun Watson is 80-of-109 passing with a 73.4 completion percentage this month. Also in December, Watson has passed for 933 yards with three touchdowns and one interception with a longest pass of 64 yards.

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During home games in 2020, Deshaun Watson is 153-of-218 for 1,928 yards in the air with a 70.2 completion percentage. Watson is averaging 8.8 yards per completion in games played at NRG Stadium in 2020, with 10 touchdown passes and four interceptions.

In Deshaun Watson’s past five games, the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans is 125-of-171 for 1,595 yards with nine touchdowns and one interception. In four of the past five games for the Houston Texans, Watson has passed for over 300-plus yards in each of those games.

Watson has also rushed for 394 yards in ’20 with three touchdowns on 82 rushes.

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The Cincinnati Bengals will have second-year quarterback Ryan Finley under center in Week 16 as he has one touchdown and two interceptions with 164 yards passing in four games played. In the Week 15 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Finley was 7-of-13 for 89 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

That was the game where Finley had his most pass attempts per game, though his two interceptions this season were against the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Football Team. Also for Finley, he has been sacked in every game he’s played in this season, including twice in each of the past two weekends for a total of nine times in four games.

This could be an entertaining game for Finley because if there’s any defense that can make him play better than he really is, it is the Houston Texans defense, especially the secondary, so this game is worth watching on Sunday.

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Watch out for Deshaun Watson as well this Sunday because if they want to even have a chance to win, it will come down to how well Watson plays against Cincinnati, but the defense will have to do their part as well.