The Texans succeeded in defeating the Kansas City Chiefs on the road at Arrowhead Stadium 31-24. After falling behind 17-3 due to a less than stellar performance in the first quarter, the Texans stormed back with 20 points before halftime.
The media created quite the narrative between the two young quarterbacks, Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, since they were part of the same draft class and this was their first time facing off on the field. However, Watson wasn’t easily bated into the unnecessary MVP comparison/conversation in the post-game presser.
Watson stated, “Honestly I don’t even focus on that. That’s the media’s decision. I just do what I do. I’ve been winning ever since I came in this league. I’ve been doing a lot of different things and I just kind of focus on my craft, on this team the Houston Texans, and I don’t really get into the MVP stuff. Me and Patrick always support each other since college. When I was getting all of the hype and stuff like that, he would always make sure that I was staying healthy and encouraging me and congratulating me and I’m doing the same with him. It’s always going to be love. It’s not any beef or anything, comparing both of us. We just want to win, we just want to play football, have fun and be the leaders of our organizations. That’s what we focus on. The MVP stuff, that’s for you guys to talk about. I don’t get into it. I just kind of focus on winning games and try to get to where we want to get to.”
The offense was not, by any means, flawless on Sunday. There were multiple turnovers and dropped passes. What can be celebrated is that Watson was not sacked. Where there is room for improvement, the team is trying to improve. That improvement has translated into wins.
Coach Bill O’Brien spoke of the team’s resilience, “I think they work hard. They work hard in practice. They pay attention in meetings. They are really a good group to coach. They care about the team. They seem to have fun with each other. We have to keep it going. That is the thing. This is what I just told the team, we are 4-2, which is really good. We just had a good win. We had a good win last week, but it is 4-2; 4-2 gets you nowhere and we have a very, very good team on the road next week, a very well coached team. They beat us in the playoffs last year. We have a big week here and we have to quickly turn the page and get going.”
Next up, the Texans will face the Indianapolis Colts.