Watson Understands Texans Offense Better Than Ever

The Houston Texans have won eight games in a row

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 27, 2018 - 9:51 am

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At 0-3, the Houston Texans were headed toward one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. Well, an eight-game winning streak sure as a way of boosting morale. 

Indeed, the Texans (8-3) won their eighth straight game Monday, beating the Titans (5-6), 34-17. Deshaun Watson finished 19-of-24 for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 70 yards and a score. 

Watson hasn’t been the touchdown machine that he was as a rookie, but he’s provided leadership over the last two months.

“Bill O’Brien will tell you that he understands the offense better than ever and gets them into the right plays,” Texans radio play-by-play voice Marc Vandermeer said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “This offense has a lot of autonomy at the line of scrimmage, so he’s got to make decisions at the line, he’s got to call plays, he’s got to decide what the protections are – and he’s really doing that at a high level.”

Watson had 21 touchdowns (19 pass, two rush) in seven games as a rookie. This season, he has 22 touchdowns (20 pass, two rush) in 11 games – but the Texans could win the AFC South.

“I think that was a lot of – I’m not going to say beginner’s luck, but it was a lot of magic that just sort of erupted for him right off the bat,” Vandermeer said of Watson’s rookie explosion. “Now teams have had a long time to really study what he does, so they’ve had to combat that.”

To protect Watson, O’Brien has committed to the run. Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue have combined for 272 carries for 1,165 yards and four touchdowns.

“Bill O’Brien has been very careful to not over-expose (Watson) to defensive hits,” Vandermeer said. “This is six consecutive games throwing it 25 times or less. That’s amazing in the NFL that a team is able to get that done in this era. I think it says a lot about their ground game and the fact that they’re not turning it over much.”

The Texans will go for their ninth straight win this Sunday against Cleveland (4-6-1). Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.