Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson has surged in the latest NFL MVP poll

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has surged in the latest NFL MVP poll for his incredible performance against the Chiefs. What’s going on? Look.

The Houston Texans are looking good after a 4-2 start through six weeks of the season.  Did we expect them to turn out this way?  I certainly didn’t as I had already projected for them to finish up the season around 9-7.

But with the way the team has changed its schematics with each game that they play that benefits the flourishing of the offense, I think the sky is the limit in terms of being able to put together a winner on the field with each week that passes.

Believe me, there are still a lot of concerns about how well this offensive line will continue to hold up for Deshaun Watson but they’ve currently gone two weeks straight without giving up a sack.  The secondary poses a myriad of questions of their effectiveness moving forward, causing Romeo Crennel to tailor the game plan to their weaknesses rather than their strengths.

Nonetheless, as long as they’re able to put points up on the board, play hard-nosed defense and Watson can continue to work to make plays, there are a lot of wins that this team can go out and get.

This past Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs was truly a statement win, being able to get a damn good team with a dominant quarterback in the waning seconds of the game in addition to climbing out of early 17-3 hole early in the game.

It’s that type of resilience that should be credited to Watson because he single-handily was able to guide this team to its fourth win of the season.

He’s changed his mindset — he’s keyed on getting rid of the ball on time, letting his offensive line protect adequately and not trying to be the hero on every play just to pick up a few yards.  He’s being smart with his body and he’s no longer taking the plethora hits as he had earlier this season.

This strategy will bode well for him as far as his longevity in his career as I want to see him out on the field for at least the next decade with hopefully a future Super Bowl in tow.  I strongly believe that Watson is going to be the guy to lead this team to the promised land but when — or if — that happens remains to be seen.

He has played so well that he’s in the conversation to be the NFL MVP among some of the greatest quarterbacks in this league.

Could he unseat his Week 6 counterpart Patrick Mahomes and be anointed among the best of the best?

The latest ESPN poll thinks that he could.

Currently, a panel of seven analysts that consist of Matt Bowen, Mike Clay, Courtney Cronin, Jeremy Fowler, Dan Graziano, Kevin Seifert and Field Yates vote every four weeks on their top picks for the MVP and the latest poll has Watson surging.

They currently have him ranked THIRD among the Top 5 candidates and here’s how they have the list rounded out:

  1.  Russell Wilson
  2.  Patrick Mahomes
  3.  Deshaun Watson
  4.  Christian McCaffrey
  5.  Lamar Jackson

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Dalvin Cook just barely got bumped out of the Top 5 but the fact

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that Watson is named among these fine professionals is something to take note of.  Because of their team’s latest struggles, Jared Goff and Dak Prescott have fallen off the list.

He’s already won two AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors so far this season and he’s doing the utmost to play turnover-free football, giving his team every opportunity to go out and win games.

Although there’s a ton of competition for the award, it would be excellent to see Watson as the winner.  I think he has a legitimate shot to win it, especially if the Houston Texans continue to roll as they have been.

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Let’s keep an eye out — go Houston Texans!

Watson has passed for 1,644 yards, including 12 touchdowns to three interceptions while completing 69.7 percent of his passes and tacking on 164 rushing yards and five rush TDs this season.