In one of the best recreation of this NFL season on Sunday, Deshaun Watson was one of the best participant on the sector.
Watson’s Texans misplaced in Seattle, and we generally tend to guage quarterbacks by wins and losses. However Watson was such an unimaginable participant in that loss to the Seahawks that I believe he’s extra than simply the favourite for rookie of the 12 months. He may be the league MVP.
Suppose that’s an overstatement? Then you could suppose extra about simply how putrid the Texans’ offense was earlier than Watson got here alongside. Final 12 months, the Texans’ offense was so unhealthy that this offseason they despatched a second-round choose to Cleveland simply to get the Browns to take Brock Osweiler off their palms. In Week One this 12 months, when Tom Savage began at quarterback, the Texans have been such a catastrophe that Savage was benched for Watson at halftime.
And what have the Texans performed since Watson took the helm? Simply been one of the best offense in soccer over the past 5 weeks. Houston has scored 33, 57, 34, 33 and 38 factors in its final 5 video games. That’s by far essentially the most of any group within the league. Final 12 months the Texans by no means scored greater than 27 factors in a recreation — not as soon as all season.
Watson is the primary rookie in NFL historical past to throw at the least three landing pbades in 4 consecutive video games, and his 16 touchdowns over the past 4 video games are essentially the most that any rookie has ever had in any four-game stretch. Watson’s 19 pbading touchdowns are essentially the most any participant has ever had in his first seven NFL video games — and keep in mind, of Watson’s first seven video games, he got here off the bench at halftime within the first, and he was beginning for the primary time on a brief work week within the second.
Sure, the Texans are Three-Four. However that’s not on Watson. Houston has main holes, with a multitude of an offensive line, an injury-plagued protection and unhealthy particular groups. What it additionally has is essentially the most thrilling younger expertise to enter the NFL this 12 months, and perhaps in a few years.
Listed here are my different ideas from Sunday:
When will defensive gamers be taught? It nonetheless amazes me what number of defensive gamers don’t perceive that when you catch a game-winning interception you could go down, not attempt to return it. Yesterday it was Saints defensive again Marshon Lattimore, who clinched the win with an interception and as a substitute of taking place, tried to return it in visitors. That isn’t good, and by the point you’re within the NFL, you need to know higher.
Facemasking needs to be reviewable. There was a fully ridiculous facemasking name towards the Saints on Sunday, and replays clearly confirmed that no penalty had been dedicated. If Sean Payton have been allowed to problem it, he certainly would have. However the NFL solely permits a number of penalties to be challenged, and facemasking isn’t certainly one of them. And that’s dumb: It’s in all probability the penalty that might be best to repair with immediate replay.
Dean Blandino wants work. When FOX employed Mike Pereira away from the league’s officiating workplace to have him clarify refereeing, it was an excellent step in soccer tv evaluation. Sadly, it was additionally apparently a one-time prevalence. As a result of Mike Carey tried to do the identical factor on CBS and was an abject failure, and now Blandino is making an attempt to do it on FOX and might’t get the job performed. He’s so wishy-washy that he generally received’t even say throughout a replay overview if he thinks the ruling on the sector was proper or mistaken, and when he disagrees with the replay overview — as he did with Bears tight finish Zach Miller‘s overturned landing catch yesterday — we by no means know if he’s proper or the NFL’s replay workplace is correct. Blandino has loads of work to do if he’s ever going so as to add worth to a broadcast the best way Pereira does.
Perhaps Christian McCaffrey needs to be a large receiver. McCaffrey, the Panthers’ rookie working again, is having an excellent season catching the ball. With 5 catches for 49 yards in yesterday’s win over the buccaneers, McCaffrey now has 49 catches for 378 yards in simply half a season. McCaffrey is on tempo for 98 catches, which might be an NFL rookie file for a working again. Sadly, McCaffrey additionally had simply 4 carries for 3 yards yesterday, and on the season he now had 48 carries for 117 yards, a pathetic common of two.Four yards a carry.
The Colts’ issues go a lot deeper than Andrew Luck‘s damage. Indianapolis dropped to 2-6 with a loss to Cincinnati yesterday, and it wasn’t the fault of fill-in quarterback Jacoby Brissett in any respect. Brissett accomplished 25 of 39 pbades for 233 yards, with two touchdowns, regardless of getting horrible safety up entrance and a few ugly dropped pbades. The Colts simply have an terrible roster throughout the board. They may be higher than 2-6 if Luck have been wholesome, however they wouldn’t be significantly better.
A lot for the Payments tanking. When the Payments traded Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby in August, individuals mentioned they weren’t even making an attempt to win this 12 months. Now they’re 5-2 and appear like a playoff group. The entire “tanking” factor is overdone. There are groups that construct for the longer term, and the Payments are certainly one of them — they’ve performed a pleasant job of stockpiling picks in subsequent 12 months’s draft. However NFL groups wish to win each time they take the sector. The Payments are taking part in profitable soccer.