HOUSTON — NFL scouts staring through binoculars in the press box in NRG Stadium on Sunday caught an eyeful of that which competitions could expect come post-season from Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Utilizing an array of designed runs, Watson outrushed the Jacksonville Jaguars (48 metres to 16) at the first half of what turned into a 20-3 victory that clinched the AFC South for the Houston Texans. The lowest seed the Texans could have in the play offs in No. 3 and also that includes home field for the wild-card round.
Their sole real path to your first-round bye is complicated. First, they would need reductions by the Chiefs and Chargers. Afterward the Texans would need to clinch a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker on the Chiefs, that may ’t even be determined until all games have been played.
Houston’s offense scorched the Jaguars early with built runs for the multifaceted Watson. Watson rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The quarterback ran the ball (five attempts) nearly just as much as he passed it (eight attempts) at the opening quarter.
The play also pronounced Watson’s fifth designed rush of this competition, that ranked as his many in a match in his career. By the 10:30 mark of the fourth quarter, the Watson had operate on designed rushes 8 days for 57 yards.
While it would seem shirt-sighted to put your quarterback in harm’therefore with the play offs on the horizon, for the Texans, the strategy worked. Houston averaged 7.4 yards per rush while employing the zone read in first half, as Watson racked up 48 yards and a touchdown on seven attempts, as the Jacksonville trio of both Carlos Hyde, Dave Williams along with Blake Bortles combined for 16 yards on 10 carries.
When Houston didn’t even utilize zone read runs with Watson, Lamar Miller along with Alfred Blue took turns upside down the Jaguars for a joint 78 metres on 2o attempts.
Houston’s leading rusher, Miller made his return against the Jaguars after passing the other day ’so loss to the Philadelphia Eagles due to a sprained ankle. Miller’s 7-yard touch down with 3:01 left in the first half gave Houston a 17-3 lead following the PAT kick.
Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham put up the Watson TD by regaining Dede Westbrook’s fumble by the finish of a 36-yard punt with 1:33 left in the opening quarter that put Houston on its own 49. The Texans had only four plays to cap the 51-yard driveway, despite almost doubling Jacksonville’s period of possession in the first quarter (9:42 to 5:18).
Jacksonville didn’t even get a first down until the 9:53 mark of the next quarter, and Westbrook’s muffed punt gave the Jaguars the designation to be the only team in the NFL to commit a turnover into every match this season, becoming the first team to do so since the 2015 Tennessee Titans.