There was a glimmer of hope shining this past Sunday in New England, through a young Quarterback by the name of Deshaun Watson. The Texans always have a very hard time when facing New England, even though we don’t play them but every couple of years. Since 2003, the Texans are 1-7 all time against the Pats, as the only win against them came in 2009. The Patriots are a powerhouse in the AFC and have been for years. They are just one of the few times that give the Texans a run for their money every time they face each other.
This past Sunday was different, as the Texans were led against New England by a rookie Quarterback that the team has a lot of faith in. Deshaun Watson, rookie Qb out of Clemson, came in to start the second half of the Week 1 game against Jacksonville in relief of Tom Savage, he has kept the job to himself ever since. This Week 3 matchup against New England was going to be, and was, a big test for Deshaun, but he did very well in my eyes. The final score of the game was 36 to 33, New England as the ultimate victors. However, I feel the Texans are victors in this game as well because Deshaun stepped up during the spotlight and showed that he could compete with the game’s best in Tom Brady. He showed that he could keep the Texans in an important game against a very difficult opponent like the Patriots.
Deshaun completed 22 of his 33 pass attempts for 301 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions against New England on Sunday. Deshaun had one bad pass early in the second quarter that he under threw to DeAndre Hopkins, which was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore. Other than that, he did not make many mistakes throughout this game. He showed very good poise and composure for a rookie QB. His efforts put the team in position to win, but the defense in the end just couldn’t hold a comeback from the great Tom Brady. Deshaun put up 300+ yards and 30+ plus points against a good Patriots defense as well. So in my opinion, he did his job and is definitely the bright spot of the weekend after that performance. Nine of Watson’s completions went for 15 yards or more. He also had 5 completions go over 25-plus yards. Very impressive numbers from him all around.
A final hail mary attempt from Watson thrown around midfield was tossed into the end zone and up for grabs, but was intercepted by Patriots safety Duron Harmon as time expired. Even though the Texans came up short, they put on a great show against the Patriots, but ultimately gave too much time back to Brady in the end. Deshaun Watson shined with this performance and he pulled out everything he had in his arsenal to keep the Texans in the game and keep it close. He did a great job. He had Brady-like throws and showed great composure in the pocket. He scrambled when needed and did well on designed Quarterback runs. He showed leadership and did the things you want your Quarterback to do, especially a rookie quarterback. Despite starting the season 1-2, I really feel Deshaun Watson will help lead the Texans to an AFC South Division Title soon.