Week one is in the books. While the Texans weren’t able to deliver a win, they certainly delivered on a drama-filled Monday night football game.
Texans defensive star JJ Watt summarized the performance saying, “That’s [the loss] on us. There’s a lot of things that are on us. To hold them to three points in the first half and then give up 27 in the second, that’s just terrible. And for our offense to give us the lead with 40 seconds left, or whatever it was, and not win the game, we’ll take 100 percent of that blame, as we should.’’
Is that, in fact, what happened? Did the defense figuratively drop the ball?
At halftime, Houston led the Saints 14-3. In the third quarter the Texans were still ahead with 21-10. With 37 seconds left on the clock the Texans were up 28-27. So what happened?
One of the most important things that happened was that Deshaun Watson showed up and delivered, keeping the Texans in the neighborhood of victory. Unfortunately, he had to do this while taking quite the beating.
“As long as we can keep it within range, we are in every game, and that’s what Deshaun Watson gives us,’’ Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’s a great player, he’s competitive, he’s calm and he’s poised. He’s got all that.’’
A bruised and battered Watson finished the night with 20-for-30 for 268 yards. He completed three touchdowns with one interception. He carried four times for 40 yards, which included a touchdown. The most exciting part of the game was within the last minute when Watson miraculously facilitated what appeared to be a game-winning drive. The cherry on top of this drive was a 37-yard completion to Kenny Stills for a touchdown. Unfortunately, all of that magic wasn’t enough to keep the Saints from scoring a game winning field goal.
“Every loss is tough,’’ Watson said in the press conference. “Getting blown out, losing by 14 or losing on a last-second field goal is very tough. That’s football. You’ve got to give that kicker props. He did a great job for them.’’
Scoring Plays via Houston Texans
- 2nd Quarter – QB Deshaun Watson scored on a 21-yard run to complete a seven-play, 94-yard drive (3:42) and give the Texans a 7-0 lead after K Ka’imi Fairbairn made the extra point attempt
- 2nd Quarter – WR DeAndre Hopkins caught a two-yard touchdown pass from QB Deshaun Watson to cap off a 16-play, 75-yard drive (7:35) and increase the Texans’ lead to 14-3 after K Ka’imi Fairbairn made the extra point
- 3rd Quarter – WR DeAndre Hopkins grabbed a 16-yard touchdown pass from QB Deshaun Watson to finish off a nine-play, 75-yard drive (4:31) and increase Houston’s lead to 21-10 after K Ka’imi Fairbairn made the extra point
- 4th Quarter – WR Kenny Stills caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from QB Deshaun Watson to complete a two-play, 75-yard drive (0:13) and give the Texans the lead 28-27 after K Ka’imi Fairbairn made the extra point attempt
The Texans infamously allowed an incredibly high number of sacks last season, totaling 62. It looks like they may be on pace to top their own record after allowing six during this Monday night game. The Saints managed to get 11 QB hits on the night. Watson made his way to the medical tent twice during the game.
“We have a 24-hour rule in the NFL. You get 24 hours to feel the emotions of it, whether it’s good or bad. So, we’ll feel the effects of this one for 24 hours. If you don’t learn from it and let it hit you, then there’s no consequences for your actions. You have to feel those consequences to know you don’t want to feel them again. We’ll deal with those for 24 hours and then put it behind us and move on to Jacksonville. Right now, it does hurt.”
Watt went on to say,“[Watson is] a competitor. He’s a great player. He obviously put us in a position to win the game and we didn’t do enough to help him. As the leader of the defense, I take that 100 percent on my shoulders. We’ll watch it. We’ll figure it out and get it right for next Sunday.”
The Texans will face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at home.