Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson unveils his plan of action against Titans

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is banged up from his bout with the Bucs this past Saturday but he unveiled his latest plan of action. What’s up?

The Houston Texans have one more game to play before they call it for the regular season, with an opportunity match their 2018 mark, 11-5 for this season as well.  It won’t be easy as the Tennessee Titans still have a shot at making the playoffs if they win this game.

So the Houston Texans must play spoiler, even though likely the implications of their win will have no effect on their playoff seeding.  The Kansas City Chiefs currently hold the No. 3 seed in the AFC but if they lose to the Los Angeles Chargers, the Houston Texans could leapfrog into the 3rd seed and possibly have a date with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of action.

Since Chiefs/Chargers is a noon game and the Houston Texans have been flexed to a 3:25 p.m. CDT kickoff, they’ll know before the start of the game if winning the game will have some effect on their playoff pursuit.

Bill O’Brien has continued to reiterate that he wants to win this game regardless — which is the right thing to say — despite many players ailing with nagging injuries.  I’m sure he’ll make adjustments with playing time as the results from that game unravel but I do believe that if a player is healthy and cleared to play, he will be out on the field, contributing in some way.

But this alludes to an important question about Deshaun Watson, who was banged up badly in a bout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaving him hobbling away from that game off his right foot.

He is listed on the injury report with a back injury and has been limited in practice so far this week but Watson recently told the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson what his plans were for Sunday.

Here’s what he said:

"“I have no idea,” Watson said when asked if he is playing Sunday. “I don’t want to take a day off. I’m not expecting it, just going out there to do my job, find a way to get 11 wins and continue this momentum going into the playoffs.”"

Watson said he “feels great” this week and that his practices are going well so far.

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I advocated last week that Watson should get some rest this week for the playoffs because this team goes as he goes and if he’s not 100 percent, then what’s the point of this team competing in the playoffs?

A.J. McCarron is more than capable of taking the reins for this game and I really feel that if the Houston Texans find out that their seeding won’t matter, Watson should go right to bench, rest and avoid taking any unnecessary hits, something that he has had a knack for.

But who knows what Bill has planned for this team this Sunday and we’re about to find out what will unfold Sunday afternoon.

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Let’s hope for the best — go Houston Texans!

Watson has passed for 3,852 yards — 7.8 yards per attempt — along with 26 touchdowns to 12 interceptions for a 67.3 completion percentage and 69.5 QBR through all of his 15 starts this season.