EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Houston Texans will not gain any style points to get their 29-22 triumph against the ny Jets on Saturday in MetLife Stadium, but at 10-4, they’re a step further in their quest for both an AFC South title and a first-round bye in the AFC.
After a solid first half in which he completed 9-14 passes for 145 yards — including a 45-yard touchdown strike to DeAndre Hopkins — Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sputtered for much of the next half. With consistent pressure out of the Jets’ defensive lineup, Watson had a hard time maneuvering the pocket and averting the rush that is constant. His six sacks will be the very first time this season he has been at least five times, tying Dallas’ Dak Prescott for the league-high.
Trailing the expert engineered a reliable seven-play drive that lasted just 2:45 and caused a sideline touchdown grab by DeAndre Hopkins.
In fact, Watson’s only consistent victory came after targeting Hopkins, who ended with 170 yards on 10 catches (11 goals ), including both scores. Well in his 93rd game, Hopkins notched his reception on his way into a third selection , making him only the 10th player to reach the 500 mark that quickly.
With starting running Lamar Miller incapable to move after a primary quarter ankle injury (he temporarily returned in the next quarter), the Texans did not register the kind of run-pass balance they had hoped for later Miller and Alfred Blue totaled just 54 rush yards a week against the Colts. Final week, after moving just 5-15 despite beating the Jets, Houston yet again fought to convert.
Watson and company nevertheless, can fret about this problem the next two weeks against competitors. Fans of 10 of the previous 11, in 2013 closes out the regular season at home against Jacksonville, who enter their matches a 10-16 that is joint and Philadelphia.