The Houston Texans head into their bye week 1st in the AFC South division after a 26 – 3 win overseas at London’s Wembley Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson had no interceptions, threw two touchdowns, and was 22 of 28 for 201 yards.
The team managed to put on quite the show across the pond. The Texans were missing starters and were a little banged up after the Week 8 battle. Yet somehow the team managed to dominate on the field. Watson managed to evade the pass rush which put a wrench in the Jaguars’ plans. Head Coach of the Jaguars, Doug Marrone, lamented on the loss saying, “We weren’t able to accomplish what we felt we needed to accomplish during the game. You know, I think that, I said before, we knew going into the game that Deshaun Watson is an MVP candidate and we weren’t able to get him down a couple times early on, elusive, ran the football, extended the play, made good throws.”
Watson, who has been consistent in effort, now has his name being mentioned to be an MVP candidate. His teammate DeAndre Hopkins was asked in a post-game presser whether he would make a case for Watson’s candidacy and he said, “I think Deshaun can make the case for himself from his play. I can’t. I can get up here and say a thousand words but if you watch him play and his play speaks for himself and what he can do. Not just run the football, but throwing the football, getting out of the pocket, and helping his team win.”
Though the team was far away from home, a group of loyal Texans fans made the 9-hour trip overseas to support the team, and their efforts didn’t go unnoticed. “Our fans were great. That’s what we expected. We have a great traveling bunch of fans come all the way from Houston. You got to love it. We felt the love today,” Hopkins said.
Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien was overall pleased with the team’s effort and win saying, “It’s a good win. I think that Jacksonville had won two in a row coming in and give a lot of credit to the people behind the scenes for the trip. We had a trip without any glitches. It was a very smooth trip and our guys got here and knew what they had to do. We practiced Friday, had a good walk-through yesterday, and they were ready to play. I thought it was a good team win.”
The Texans are now 6-3 for the season. They will face the Baltimore Ravens November 11th at home.