Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson dazzles the NFL with an AFC honor

Houston Texans Deshaun Watson (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
Houston Texans Deshaun Watson (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson had a hell of a game against the Chargers and it warranted him receiving honors for his performance. What’s up?

The Houston Texans were victorious over the Los Angeles Chargers this past Sunday with a 27-20 win.  Although it wasn’t perfect in any regard, this game showed that this team can stand up to the mettle when tested.

The Chargers are no pushover and they had a ton of talent to deal with, starting with veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.  Even at age 37, Rivers is still one of the top quarterbacks in this league and has consistently been one of the best in the business throughout his career.

He continued to pick on our woeful secondary and Johnathan Joseph was the target with Keenan Allen being his top target.  Time and again, Joseph played about five to ten yards off the ball and Allen had plenty of space to operate, burning Joseph badly.

Allen finished with 13 catches for 183 yards — 14.1 yards per catch — along with two touchdowns that had a lot to do with Joseph’s coverage.  His first touchdown catch of the game was actually an amazing okie-doke that he did on Justin Reid, which was a short, seven-yard pass from Rivers.

Aside from that, the Houston Texans had a terrific game offensively, going tit-for-tat against the Chargers because of the greatness of one Deshaun Watson.

He had a puzzling play in the first quarter where he threw the ball behind the line of scrimmage causing a loss of yards but I just honestly felt that he had a brain freeze, considering the amount of pressure he was facing on that play.

I do have to commend rookies Tytus Howard and Max Scharping — who were playing tackle and guard respectively for holding up the right side of the line to give him the extra time he needed to make his reads.

We know that he likes to hold onto the football but was getting that time to make his reads out on the field.  Watson only had to take two sacks this game which is a vast improvement over the past two games.

Watson deserved the game ball because consistently found a way to keep the Houston Texans

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floating above water and it was the game-winning, 53-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Akins that truly put him in the upper echelon of quarterbacks being able to come through in the clutch.

The pass was one of the greatest I’ve ever seen — he shook about three to four defenders to pull back to throw a missile to Akins, who was hurling expeditiously to the end zone.  And that pretty much was the ball game at that point.

Because of his performance, the NFL has awarded Watson with AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors and it was warranted with his 25-for-34 (73.5 percent), 351-yard, three-touchdown extravaganza against the Chargers.  His passer rating was a terrific 135.8 along with a 75.4 QBR.

Great quarterback play is essential to the team’s success and he truly was a smooth operator throughout the most of the game.  It kind of makes me want to belt out the lyrics to Sade’s timeless No. 1 single that bears the same adage.

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Nonetheless, I’m tremendously proud of Watson and his efforts.  We honestly haven’t seen anything yet and as long as the offensive line ensures that he stays upright, the potential for this team to take it to next level elevates to the thermosphere.

Let’s keep it going — go Houston Texans!

Watson has passed for 778 yards while throwing six touchdowns to one interception this season.  His passer rating is currently at a 108.6 along with a 79.0 QBR.