The Houston Texans have had a weird first half of the season. From MVP type performances to season-ending injuries. The Texans have run the gamut of emotions through there first nine games on there a way to a 6-3 record and first place in the AFC South.
The Houston Texans head into there bye week on a high note after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Lamar Jackson and the SuperBowl contending Ravens await in week 11.
Houston Texans first-half report
The Texans have seen division rivals in the Colts and Jaguars lose there starting quarterbacks for different reasons. They have also seen their own roster go through changes. Lamar Miller tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Cowboys and is lost for the season. J J Watt suffered a torn pectoral injury and is also done for the season.
Injuries to Will Fuller, Bradley Roby, and Johnathan Joseph have also altered the Texans roster in the first half. With the injuries, the Texans had to bring in replacements. The additions of Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, and Kenny Stills have been invaluable so far this year. Hyde and Johnson provide the Texans a one-two punch they have not had in a long time. Stills is the perfect compliment to Deandre Hopkins. A trade for Laremy Tunsil has helped solidify the offensive line, which was one of the worst last year.
The Texans have had big wins on the road vs. the Chiefs and Chargers and crushing losses to the Saints, Colts, and Panthers. One thing has been a constant through the first half of the season, and that is Deshaun Watson.
MVP candidate Deshaun Watson
Make no mistake J.J. Watt may be the most popular player on the team, but Deshaun Watson is the Texans. Through nine games, Watson has thrown for 18 TDs and only five interceptions. He has rushed for another five TDs and has a QB rating of over 107. Watson is not running a quarterback; he is a QB that runs. One of the most significant improvements has been his ability to keep his eyes (even being kicked in it) downfield when scrambling.
With the improved offensive line and the added weapons, Watson has consistently excelled at pushing the ball down the field and avoiding major mistakes. His 70.2 completion rate is the highest of his career. Watson is top six in passing yards and TDs. If Watson continues his stellar play, the Texans can beat any team in the NFL.
Great individual performances
Whitney Mercilus has elevated his game to another level this year. After the departure of Jadeveon Clowney Mercilus has been able to play closer to the line of scrimmage this year. He leads the team in sacks at 5.5 and four forced fumble. Mercilus already has more sacks this year than the last two combined.
Carlos Hyde was almost an afterthought when the Texans signed him after Miller went down for the year. The former 49er, Brown, and Jaguars running back has been exactly what the Texans needed. Going into the bye week, Hyde has 704 yards and is coming off a 160-yard day vs. his former team. Hyde inside running and Duke Johnson all-around game have been a perfect blend so far.
Houston Texans Remaining schedule
The next three games will define the Texan’s seasons. They face the Ravens, Colts, and their long-time boogeyman the Patriots. There combine record is 19-6, and they already have a loss vs. the Colts in week 7. If they can somehow come out of this stretch 2-1, they will set themselves up for a strong finish. The last four teams they face all have losing records.
At 6-3, the Houston Texans are in a great position to win the division and possibly get a second seed. They have fought through injuries, trades, and bad losses. The next three weeks will show if the Texans can contend for a SuperBowl or just have another disappointing season.