Texans Bounce Back, Beat Colts For AFC South Lead

Deshaun Watson led the Texans to a much-needed win Thursday in Houston

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 22, 2019 - 10:14 am
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Week 11 did not go well for the Houston Texans. They lost 41-7 in Baltimore and were completely dominated on both sides of the ball. Deshaun Watson finished that game 18-of-29 for 169 yards, one interception, one fumble and six sacks.

It was ugly.

“They all had a bad game across the board at Baltimore, including Watson,” Houston Chronicle NFL writer John McClain said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I thought he was beyond that, I thought the team was beyond that, and I was not sure what team would show up for the Colts. I knew they wanted to win. They knew it was a big game, but you just don’t know.”

The Texans beat the Colts 20-17 on Thursday behind a resurgent effort from Watson, who finished 19-of-30 for 298 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

“Watson was able to bounce back,” McClain said. “But their offense is so bad in the first quarter. They’ve only scored 23 points all year. There’s only one team worse, and that’s Washington with 17.”

The Texans got off to another slow start Thursday before getting on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Both of Watson’s touchdown throws were to DeAndre Hopkins, who scored from 35 and 30 yards out, respectively. Will Fuller, meanwhile, had seven catches for 140 yards.

“Once Watson settled down, he ended up with 298 yards, he averaged 9.9 yards per attempt – so he was able to throw it down the field, and a lot of that had to do with pass protection,” McClain said. “When he gets time to throw, especially when he’s got Fuller opposite Hopkins, he makes plays down the field.”

The Texans (7-4), who are atop the AFC South, host the Patriots (9-1) on Sunday Night Football on Dec. 1. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.