The Texans are #1 in the AFC South Division
After a slow start to the season with a disappointing record of 0-3, the Houston Texans have come back to lead the AFC South division after 5 consecutive wins. The Texans sit comfortably in 1st place with a record of 5-3.
“You start off 0-3,” said three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, “and outside, the whole world is falling in. But inside, we knew what we had. We knew the guys we had. The thing is, a lot of the guys, like myself, have been through adversity—injuries, stuff like that. So, we know what it’s like to be down, and we also know how to climb back out of it.”
In the last month, things have started to click defensively with Watt at the helm. In Thursday’s Texans 42 -23 win against the Miami Dolphins, Watt had one sack, two tackles for loss, four tackles, and defended a pass. That sack brought Watt to a grand total of 8 for the season and tied him with two other players, Rams’ Aaron Donald and Vikings’ Danielle Hunter, for the league high for this season.
On the offensive side of the ball, Quarterback Deshaun Watson is already looking like his old self on the field. Watson had a passer rating of 156.0 which is a few points shy of a perfect game. He completed 16 of 20 passes for 239 yards and had 5 touchdowns. Fun fact: he had more touchdowns than incomplete passes. Who does that? Well, Watson does.
Watson said post-game, “I don’t even know how explosive we can be. Top-notch. We’ve just gotta keep working. Today we showed just a little bit, but we’re only going to continue to get better and improve each and every week.”
It’s amazing what is possible when the Quarterback is protected. In the seven weeks prior, the offensive line had allowed 70 QB hits and 26 sacks. Watson took a beating. Though he claimed he was “built for this,” his body didn’t quite feel the same way. It was so bad that he wasn’t able to fly with the team to its week 7 match-up against Jacksonville. He had to be bused as a precaution.
In the match-up against the Dolphins, the O line showed up, there were zero sacks and one lone QB hit.
If the Texans keep this same energy, who knows what’s possible. The Texans will face the Denver Broncos this Sunday. Stay tuned.