On Sunday rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson did what most felt he would do but not this early after all there is a learning curve for rookie quarterbacks. Watson has debunked all that thought winning two of his first three starts. After beating the Bengals in his first start, he had his Texans in position to defeat the vaunted New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium before head coach Bill O’Brien pullled the plug on his offense. He followed that with a record setting 57-14 rout of the Tennessee Titans in his first home start.
His five touchdown
“He just has swag,” said running back Lamar Miller who scored twice in the Houston win. “He keeps everybody going, you know, he leads the offense, he commands the huddle and he just makes sure everybody is playing fast and doing their assignment. He’s just moving the ball with them.”
Watson led an offense that put up the most points in franchise history surpassing the 45 scored in Week 13 of the 2014 season against Tennessee. Houston scored on its first three possessions for the first time in nearly a decade (Week 7 of the 2008 season vs. Detroit (10/19/08). Miller’s two yard TD run on the team’s opening drive broke a drought of nine straight games in which the offense had failed to score on its first possession. The 30 point first half outburst is second only to the franchise’s 34 point first half against the Colts in Week 1 of the 2011 season.
Wide receiver Will Fuller V returning to the gridiron after missing the first three weeks of the 2017 campaign recorded his first career multi-touchdown game hauling in two scoring strikes from Watsson.
“That was just our first time playing together,” said Fuller after the game.. “It’s only going to get better, and I’m looking forward to that.”
As for Watson, personally he did nothing more than complete 25-of-34 passes (73.5%) for 283 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and a 125.0 passer rating. The rookie signal caller became the only rookie in NFL history with seven-or-more passing touchdowns and two or more rushing touchdowns in his team’s first four games of a season. His five touchdowns ties him with legendary NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton and Charlie Conerly Redskins quarterback from 1948-1961 for most by a rookie in a game. His five touchdown performance is second only to the six scored by Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers in 1965 against the San Francisco 49ers.
For all his accomplishments in the past three and a half games, Watson remains humble yet confident of his team.
“I just keep it simple,” said Watson. “I make sure I take it one play at a time, one step at time, and learn as much as I can from the coaches and the veteran guys. “It’s always fun to score points. That’s why we play offense. Every time we take the field, we want to go down and score points and score touchdowns. Made sure we did that. Being able to have all of the weapons on the field, it just makes my job easier. As long as I get the balls to those guys and they go make a play, then just keep it going from there.”
All this makes you wonder where the 2-2 Texans might be if he had started Week 1 against Jacksonville but hey the past is the past and as for now Houston we have a quarterback.