As NFL Media’s James Palmer pointed out on Twitter yesterday, Texans rookie Deshaun Watson has an uphill battle to fight against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in New England.
Look out Deshaun Watson: No rookie QB has gone into NE & beaten Belichick since he took over in 2000. 0-8, 5 TD, 16 INT, 50.7 passer rating— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 20, 2017
Think about that. No rookie quarterback has ever won in Foxborough against a Belichick-coached team. Hell, no rookie quarterback has even played a good game in Foxborough against a Belichick-coached team. That is just something that flat out does. not. happen.
But you know what? Deshaun Watson has a long list of achievements of things he accomplished that never happened before. Let’s take a look at the kid’s resume, shall we?
1. No Clemson quarterback had ever thrown for six touchdown passes in a single game...until Watson did it in his first start as a true freshman.
2. No college quarterback had ever thrown for 4,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season...until Deshaun Watson did it as a sophomore.
3. No Clemson player had ever been a Heisman finalist...until Watson did it twice.
4. No player had ever won the Manning Award two years in a row...until Watson did it.
5. No quarterback had ever thrown for 400+ yards twice against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama defense...until Watson did it.
6. No player had ever defeated Nick Saban in a championship game...until Watson did it.
The odds are surely stacked against the Texans this weekend as they continue to nurse injuries all over the roster. If history has proven anything so far, however, it’s that Deshaun Watson’s entire career has been built on beating odds. As long as he is on the field, Houston might just have a chance to win this thing.