When a quarterback goes from most sacked in the league one season to setting records the next, it’s hard not to realize something special is taking place. Every Houston Texans fan should get just how special Deshaun Watson was, is, and will be, but the rest of the NFL world might not have caught up just yet. They will.
The NFL has named Houston #Texans QB @deshaunwatson the AFC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the team’s 27-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.— Texans PR (@TexansPR) September 25, 2019
This marks his second career Player of the Week award and first since Week 4 of the 2017 season. pic.twitter.com/wpk6UzkTri
Even with Player of the Week accolades, Watson is giving them even more reasons to listen up. When you’re mentioned in the same breath as Kurt Warner and Dan Marino, the future is bright.
Best QB rating during first three NFL seasons, since 1970 (min. 25 starts):— Matt Hammond (@MattHammondShow) September 25, 2019
- Kurt Warner - 104.0
***Deshaun Watson - 103.7***
- Russell Wilson - 98.6
- Dan Marino - 96.4
- Dak Prescott - 96.0
- Jared Goff - 94.7
- Carson Wentz - 92.5
Texans fans, you’re watching history.
Like it says, we’re watching history. But wait, there’s more!
#Texans QB @deshaunwatson became the fastest player in NFL history to record at least 6,000 passing yards & 800 rushing yards (24 games).— Texans PR (@TexansPR) September 10, 2019
Watson is the 3rd player in NFL history to record 6,000 pass yds & 45 pass TDs in a player’s first 24 games, joining Kurt Warner & Dan Marino pic.twitter.com/ZSud04Fj1M
Oh, and then there’s this:
Deshaun Watson’s Houston Texans franchise records:
- Most passing touchdowns in a single game by a rookie: 5 (October 8, 2017, vs. Kansas City Chiefs)
- Most passing touchdowns in a season by a rookie: 19
- Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass: 20
- Most passing yards in a game by a rookie: 301
- Highest passer rating in a season: 103.1
- First rookie quarterback with 3+ touchdown passes in a game
- First quarterback to score touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in his first two games
- First quarterback to record 300+ passing yards and 40+ rushing yards in a single game
- Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback: 9
Some of the reasons why Watson is doing well this season have to include his new offensive linemen. While still not nearly the best line in football, they’re starting to gel, starting to work together, and starting to keep Watson upright for the first time in a long time.
We also have to praise the running backs. While Carlos Hyde had a down week against the Chargers, they’ve never been a team to let opponents run all over them. Expect more of this from Hyde against the Panthers this weekend.
Carlos Hyde has been running with decisiveness and strength.— JetPack Galileo (@JetPackGalileo) September 19, 2019
Week 1 - 10 carries 83 yards 37% snapshare
Week 2 - 20 carries 90 yards 61% snapshare
20 carries & 61% snaps are big boy numbers, time to start paying attention. A decent target, who's cost should be low w/o TDs pic.twitter.com/p4t5IUzJH0
And if the Texans can figure out how to use Duke Johnson, watch out.
Finally, one of the things that makes this unit so potentially special is the receiving corps:
Will Fuller splash play. pic.twitter.com/fJ8ySqb15F— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) September 22, 2019
And let’s not forget the tight ends. Once a major weakness of the Texans’ offense, the tight end group might just be one of the best in the league.
So tell us, what’s been your favorite part of the new Texans’ offense so far this season? All about Deshaun Watson? Loving Carlos Hyde and the new running game? Digging Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard’s contributions to rebuilding the o-line? All about the receivers? Or are you happy Houston finally has a solid corps of tight ends for the first time in years?