The Houston Texans came into Sunday against the Browns (0-6) at 2-3, and missing two of their top defenders for the rest of the season, in J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. Amid all of the injuries however, the Texans may have found their franchise quarterback.
Deshaun Watson, the Texans first round pick in this years draft, had been playing lights out as of late. In the past two games Watson had accounted for 10 touchdowns (9 throwing, 1 running). It's safe to say he was coming into this game against the Browns, (the team that traded the number 12 pick where Watson was drafted to the Texans) on a hot streak.
Watson didn't pass up on the chance to perform well against a team that passed on him. The rookie sensation found Will Fuller, who has been on a hot streak of his own, for a long touchdown in the first quarter, and that would set the tone for the rest of the game. Watson also would have touchdown passes to Braxton Miller (the first of his career) and Deandre Hopkins, his sixth. For Hopkins he suddenly is tied for the league lead in touchdown receptions since the Texans have found a serviceable QB. Funny how that works.
The Texans defense would prove just fine without Watt and Mercilus against the Browns less than stellar offense. Veteran Cornerback Jonathan Joseph had a career day with 2 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 3 pass deflections, and a tackle for loss. Texans win by a final score of 33 to 17.
Notes: Watson's 15 touchdown passes already matches the Texans total from last season, and are the most thrown by a rookie in a teams first six games, in NFL history....Jonathan Joseph's 13th and 14th inteception as a Texan sets a franchise record for most interceptions in a Texans uniform.