Deshaun Watson Lives the Moment He Missed - Texans win 29-22

Last week against the Colts, Deshaun Watson was left standing at the altar. Everything was set up for the "moment". Tight game? Check. Important game? Check. Texans Losing by a score? Check. Late 4th quarter? Check.

But the defense could not stop Andrew Luck thanks to a premature jump by Jadeveon Clowney and Mr. Watson never had his "moment".

Flash forward to Saturday early evening and in a similar situation against the Jets, Deshaun did have the ball and did have his "moment". With a lot of help from his most important weapon, DeAndre Hopkins, he marched the Texans down and turned a 22-19 deficit into a 26-22 lead and the defense acquitted themselves by stopping the Jets and Sam Darnold twice as the Texans drew closer to clinching their division title.

It was a game that had gone from a potential laugher to a possible broken heart for the Texans. They had dominated the first half, but having to settle for 3 FGs and one lone TD left them with a 16-3 lead when Darnold led his team on a terrific two minute drill for a TD at the end of the half. When he took them down for another TD early in the third quarter, only two missed extra points kept the Texans in the lead 16-15. A Texans' FG was then wiped out by a third Jets' TD, setting Watson up for his end game heroics.

Some observations:

  • The running game that was ineffective against the Colts was non-existent against the Jets with Lamar Miller going down early. Miller had 8 yards on 3 attempts before he went out and Alfred Blue had 6 yards on 9 attempts after Miller went out. (Those are not typos)
  • Deshaun Watson was practically the whole offense again. He was extremely efficient throwing the ball hitting 22 for 28 for 294 yards with 2 TDs and no interceptions to go with 26 yds rushing
  • Watson's drawback was when he did not get the ball out which happened often as he was sacked 6 times for 55 yards loss. least he is not giving the ball up as he did early in the season and when the team cannot run the ball, trying to make plays was placed squarely on Mr. Watson's shoulders and he made plays more often than not.
  • The defense looked good except when it didn't as they made the rookie Darnold look like a rookie early and like a top notch QB on the Jets three TD drives (three red zone TDs in three red zone opportunities).
  • DeAndre Hopkins was the hero and Watson's go-to guy as he had 10 catches on 11 targets for 170 yards and the Texans two TDs
  • With Keke Coutee still out with a bum hamstring, Watson only targeted DeAndre Carter twice, one of which was a 5 yard dump with 45 more yards after the catch as Carter made the first guy miss and turned on the burners. Maybe they can get him the ball more often.
  • Ka'imi Fairbairn was the other scoring hero as he drilled all 5 of his FG attempts. It was disappointing that the Texans had to settle for 5 FGs, but it would have been more disappointing and potentially fatal if he was not hitting them all. And these were not chip shots as 4 were from 40 yards or more.
  • J.J. Watt was the top defensive player with 2 sacks, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble - the only turnover for the game.
  • It was amazing the Texans won considering they were a pitiful 1 for 9 in third down situations and the Jets were a robust 9 for 17.
  • And it was amazing the Texans won considering the Jets held the ball for approx. 35 minutes vs the Texans 25 minutes.
It is obvious that the Texans cannot win in the playoffs with their two main RBs combining for 14 yards, injuries or no injuries. Will D'Onta Foreman come back and help the situation? Who knows?
But in the totally unpredictable NFL, the Texans are suddenly holding the #2 see in the AFC and control their own destiny as two more wins will clinch that for them. Of course it would be nice if they could clinch their division some time soon.
The #1 seed? Let's not stretch the karma too thin. The Texans move on to Philly for game 15 and a shot to clinch the AFC South.