Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson Showing His Greatness
Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans have had to overcome a lot in the 2020 season. They started the season 0-4 and fired Bill O’Brien. Houston is 4-3 ever since that mark, including a 41-25 win on the road over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.
Watson is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL. He showed in the game on Thursday why Deshaun Watson is not the problem with the Houston Texans.
What doesn’t help matters is that Bill O’Brien traded wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason. Hopkins is one of the best three wide receivers in the NFL at the moment.
Even without Hopkins, he still has pretty good wide receivers to pass the football to, but none of them are elite.
In the game on Thursday, Watson completed 17-of-25 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 24-25 yards on eight carries.
Deshaun Watson is the heart and soul of the Houston Texans. He needs more help around him moving forward as well.
Watson’s top target in the game on Thursday was Will Fuller V. He caught six passes for 171 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The Detroit Lions defense was horrendous in this game and Fuller V was left uncovered at various moments throughout the game.
The Green Bay Packers were in talks with the Houston Texans to get a deal done before the trade deadline for Will Fuller V, but a deal couldn’t be reached.
He is more of a number two wide receiver than a number one. Houston will have to address the wide receiver position, the tight end position, and also everywhere on the defensive side of the football.
Whoever takes over the general manager position needs to give Watson a legitimate defense. Especially since defensive end, J.J. Watt may be on the move because he doesn’t want to deal with a rebuilding situation as well.
In the last six games played, Deshaun Watson has thrown for 15 touchdowns and hasn’t been picked off once.
He is only 25 years old and signed a four-year contract extension worth $165 million in the offseason.
Watson may be the third or fourth most talented quarterback in the NFL behind, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.
Watson has completed 250-of-363 passes 68.9 completion percentage for 3,201 yards 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 293 yards on 62 carries and two touchdowns.
Johnson caught three passes for 43 yards receiving and a touchdown. He also rushed for 37 yards on nine carries.
Brandin Cooks caught five passes for 85 yards receiving.
The greatness of Deshaun Watson continues to be on display week in and week out.
He could win a Super Bowl in the near future with Houston if he gets the proper help necessary, but Watson may have to win elsewhere if he doesn’t get the help he desperately needs around him also.
The Houston Texans (4-7) next game will be against the Indianapolis Colts (7-3) next Sunday at home.
The Detroit Lions (4-7) next game will be against the Chicago Bears (5-5) on the road next Sunday as well.
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