And make no mistake, it’s just the parts involving Watson from that year that feel surreal. The parts involving Tom Savage felt all TOO real.
In Deshaun’s six starts, the Texans went 3-3, but very easily could have been 5-1 had Bill O’Brien exercised a sort of logical aggressiveness or game management acumen in close road losses at New England and at Seattle.
That’s remarkable enough, but even more noteworthy was performance of the offense with Watson at the helm. After scoring just 13 points in a win at Cincinnati, Watson was the starting QB for games in which the Texans scored 33, 57, 30, 33, and 38 points in the next five games.If you’re looking for some perspective, consider that the Texans’ high water mark for points in a game this past season was just 31 points, which they did twice in Kansas City, once in the regular season and once in the postseason. (In one of those games, they allowed just 24 points — YAY! — in the other, 51 points — BOOOOOO!)
So in rewatching the most prolific game of the Watson Era, it is quite surreal (there’s that word again) to watch the ease with which Watson (and to an extent, O’Brien, who was calling plays) dismantle a divisional foe who would end up making the divisional round of the playoffs that season.
If you want to rewatch yourself, here is the full game:
On this particular Week 4 Sunday, the Texans’ offensive line, from left to right, was Chris Clark, Xavier Sua-Filo, Nick Martin, Jeff Allen, and Breno Giacomini.
At least three or four fo them were so good that they had me wondering “Who in the hell is making THAT catch this season?” And seemingly all of them were on third down.
They were running speed options with Deshaun and wide receivers (BRUCE ELLINGTON, YO!). I would love to know why BIll O’Brien went away from some of this stuff.
“Keep running the football and chip away at the lead.”