Pro Football Focus grades every player on every play in every game. I dig their raw number totals and have other opinions on their ability to grade individual plays like this. You may feel differently. No matter how you feel, there’s always something to learn from the work they do. This is what PFF had to say about the Texans’ win against the Dolphins.
—Deshaun Watson had quite a performance against the Dolphins, throwing for five touchdowns and 239 yards on just 20 passing attempts. Watson made the most of his season-low passing attempts, generating a 156.0 NFL passer rating on his throws and he also scrambled just one time for 14 yards. His 90.3 overall grade was the highest mark of his career.
—Good tidings surrounding the offensive line! It was the best game of the season for the unit from a pass-blocking perspective, as they did an excellent job protecting Watson allowing zero sacks, one hit and six hurries. Kelemete (86.8) had the highest grade, and four of the five starters on the offensive line had pass-blocking grades above 78. Lamm was the lowest-graded pass-blocker, finishing with a grade of 61.2.
—Justin Reid also earned a career-high grade of 90.3 for his spectacular play against the Dolphins on Thursday. The rookie safety from Stanford registered an interception and a pass breakup. He allowed one of three passes thrown his way to be completed for a passer rating of 42.4 when targeted and also he amassed five tackles.
—Benardrick McKinney finished with an 81.3 grade, the second-highest on the Texans defense. After not posting a grade above 80 all season, he has earned a grade of over 80 each of the last two weeks. He was solid in coverage for the Texans, as well, allowing just two of five passes thrown his way to be completed for a passer rating of 67.9, while also registering one pass breakup.