Over the past two games, rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson not only has given the Houston Texans a passing game they haven’t had in a long time, but also has affected the entire team.
In the past two games, the Texans have scored 90 points (76 on offense) in a home rout of the Tennessee Titans and a three-point road loss to the New England Patriots.
Watson not only has improved the passing game but also has made the rest of the team better, boosting the Texans’ defense and offensive line. Watson wears defenses down, while his own defense, one of the best in football, is able to rest.
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Against the Titans, the Texans ran read-option plays with Watson, something wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said he hasn’t run since he was at Clemson, and something that NFL defenses rarely see.
In addition to opening up the Texans’ offense to new plays and schemes, particularly in the rushing attack, Watson’s legs have proved valuable in the passing game by extending plays. The Texans have never had a quarterback as mobile as Watson, particularly compared to Osweiler and Savage.
Watson put that on full display with his 49-yard touchdown run during Houston’s Week 2 victory in Cincinnati. It was the longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback in franchise history, and it was improvised: Watson escaped the pocket and made a play.
The Texans’ offense was on the field for 39 minutes, 41 seconds against the Titans en route to scoring 50 of their franchise-record 57 points. Houston’s defense played only 41 snaps, the lowest number in the NFL since the Titans hit that mark against the Miami Dolphins in Week 5 last season.