After a disappointing performance in a week four loss, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson went back to the drawing board and got back to work. Watson set the tone after last week’s loss by getting back on the field at NRG Stadium working through his game with his personal quarterback coach.
Watson answered that down performance with perfect quarterback rating and throwing for 426 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 47 yards also.
The Texans signal-caller called the bounce back performance a product of him finding the motivation to get the offense back on track.
“It’s motivating,” Watson said of putting together the game he did on Sunday. “It’s something that we wanted, we took pride, we took personal. We knew what we had to do, especially offensively. We had to go in there and execute, we had to bring the energy, play fast, do what we do, and make sure that every time we touch the ball we try to end with points. And the defense did their part in handling their own. And it was a great team win.”
The performance of Watson rewrote the record book by becoming the fastest (28 games) quarterback in the NFL history to have his third career game with five-or-more touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Head coach Bill O’Brien was impressed with Watson and his work on Sunday and gave his signal-caller all the credit for his showing against the Falcons.
“He did an awesome job of managing the offense,” O’Brien said of Watson. “He ran the show. Whoever sends the play in sends the play in, and he runs the show out there. He did a good job of really managing the formations and personnel groupings and plays, and he had a great day.”
Watson was able to spread the football around and have three receivers with over 70 yards receiving and helped Will Fuller produce the best day of the season for a wide receiver providing 217 yards through the air.
Watson worked with what the Falcons gave him, and Fuller was the beneficiary of coverages that rolled to slowing DeAndre Hopkins.
“I think they were tilting a lot of things to Hop (DeAndre Hopkins),” O’Brien said of what Watson was getting in coverage. “Hop had his share of catches, but they were tilting a lot to Hop, which happens a lot, and Will had a big day. Will’s an excellent football player, and he had a good day.”
Watson was able to put up some impressive numbers on the stat sheet, but more importantly, he helped the Texans notch a key win. When asked about becoming the third quarterback in history to have 400 yards, five touchdowns, and 158.3 perfect rating since 1950, Watson played it like another day at the office.
“It’s pretty cool,” Watson said of that record. “Just try to, like I say, just try to get better each and every week, try to build on that and try to do it consistently. The great ones can do those things consistently, and that’s where we are. We left a lot of plays on the field, missed a couple touchdowns with Will (Fuller V). So it could have even been better. So there’s always room to improve but, yeah, that stat is pretty crazy.”
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