Houston Texans Finally Slay the Patriots

The Houston Texans have a long history with the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a good one for the team out of Houston. The Texans coming into this game were 1-10 vs. the Patriots and have not won a game since 2010. They have lost every way conceivable from getting blown out to have led at the half and still losing. Last night was a different story, and it showed from the very first quarter.

Texans take control of the game early

The Texans have started slowly in most games this year, and this game was no different. There first two drives were three plays than a punt and six plays and a punt. The defense was great like it was all game bending but not breaking on the Patriots initial 14 play 69-yard drive holding them to a field goal.

The Texans finally broke through on the scoreboard at the end of the first quarter when Deshaun Watson hit Duke Johnson out of the backfield for a 14-yard TD reception.

Watson would follow this up with a 13-yard pass to Darren Fells. In this play, the Texans ran play-action and hit Darren Fells, who was set up in the backfield in a two-tight end set.

This led to a 14-3 Texans halftime lead.

Houston Texans pour it on in the second half

The one thing that has been a constant for the Texans during Bill O’Brien’s coaching tenure is that when the Texans have a halftime lead, they usually keep it. O’Brien had a 31-1 record when leading at halftime, and this held true this game. After punts by each team and fourth down failure by the Patriots, the Texans open up the lead with a beautiful 35-yard bomb to Kenny Stills after a 35-yard pass to Will Fuller was called back.

Again in this video, you see Watson avoids pressure. Steps up in the pocket and shows why he is one of the best deep-ball throwers in the league.

The Texans would add another touchdown on the best play call of the year.

Bill O’Brien probably call one of the best games of his coaching tenure he kept the Patriots off balance all game. The Patriots came in the best defense in the league, and Watson and the Texans consistently shredded them with short passes and over the top.

The game did get close at the end as the Texans went into prevent mode and allowed Brady to throw a couple of touchdown passes to narrow the margin to six. In the end, the Patriots couldn’t come up with the onside kick. With the win, the Texans move to 8-4 and secured there biggest regular-season win in franchise history.

Watson’s Big Day

Watson finished with four touchdowns, controlled the game throughout, and showed why he would one day win an MVP. The Texans will face off against the Broncos next week as two huge divisional matchups loom vs. the Tennessee Titans.


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