After their week 17 loss against the Tennessee Titans (41-38) the Texans have completed their season with a record of 4-12. Even though a win would not have made a difference in any hopes of a bid for the playoffs, a win is still a win and the loss to the Titans was disappointing. However, there are things to celebrate. Though Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson didn’t win as many matchups as he’d hoped, he did accomplish a lot this season. His week 17 performance boasted 365 yards and 3 touchdowns. With that he managed to win the NFL’s passing title as the passing yards leader for the league with 4,823 yards in total for the season.
“We play to a standard; that’s what I’m all about,” Watson said to reporters after the game. “Whoever is out there is going to play to a standard, and that’s what I wanted to continue to grow and keep pushing. That was pretty dope to kind of accomplish that. I know Pat [Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes] didn’t play this game, and that would have been a little more tighter and things like that, but yeah, it’s pretty dope as an individual and as a stat to be able to do the things I did this year.”
Titans Derrick Henry made NFL history as the 8th player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season. The 250 yards and 2 touchdowns he had against the Texans put his rushing numbers for the season at 2,027 yds and 17 TD. Henry had the jets on the entire game. For most of the time, Henry sped past the defense putting the Titans in a position to score. Texans Zach Cunningham managed to strip the ball from Henry and force a fumble with a little over 2 minutes to go in the 3rd. Deshaun Watson seized the opportunity and got the Texans back in the game to take the lead. It was a game of back and forth as the Titans retook the lead with just under two minutes left in the game. Watson connected with David Johnson and Keke Coutee to move the ball down the field. With 18 seconds left the Texans managed to tie the game off a Ka’imi Fairbairn kick. Unfortunately for the Texans, 18 seconds was all the time that the Titans needed to make something happen. The Titans clenched the AFC South title with a field goal kick that bounced off the upright and bounced in.
Not a winning season for the Texans but still, there were some wins. Cunningham is another example as he finished as the NFL’s 2020 leader in tackling with 159 total and 104 of those solo.
Defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver said of Cunningham, “Zach is an incredibly instinctive football player. I’ve said it over and over again. There’s so many things that he does on the football field that you just can’t teach. He finds the ball. He’s aggressive. While he looks slight of build, he plays with physical power that you just don’t see. I say that he’s got ligament strength because you don’t see it in terms of pure muscles.”