Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his
ACL final week and can be sidelined for the remainder of the
The Texans offense was shifting alongside properly, however they
appeared like a totally completely different workforce with backup Tom Savage
With Sunday’s loss to the hapless Colts, Houston is
properly out of playoff competition, underscoring simply how essential
Watson has change into after lower than half a season with the
Deshaun Watson went down with a knee harm lower than one week
in the past, and it is already clear that the Houston Texans are in for
tough crusing with out him.
Months after profitable the nationwide championship in his junior
season at Clemson, Watson was chosen with the 12th total choose
on this yr’s draft and wasted little time in incomes the
beginning job, making his NFL debut within the second half of Week 1.
The Georgia native fought by means of some early hiccups to change into
one of the crucial prolific gamers of the primary half, ambading
totals of 1,699 pbading yards, 269 speeding yards, and 19
landing pbades by means of his first seven video games.
With the Texans sitting at Three-Four in a comparatively weak
division, they’d an outdoor likelihood to make the playoffs, however
these hopes had been dashed with some devastating harm information.
An MRI revealed that Watson suffered a freak
non-contact ACL tear throughout observe, bringing an
finish to one of the crucial thrilling and productive half-seasons by a
rookie within the historical past of the league.
The Texans moved backup Tom Savage into the beginning function for
Sunday’s sport towards the Indianapolis Colts, and certain sufficient,
the outcomes had been alarming. Savage could not full even half of
his pbades towards the Indianapolis protection, which has
surrendered essentially the most yards of any NFL workforce this season. In reality,
the offense did not rating a single level till the ultimate seven
minutes of the sport.
The outcome was a 20-14 loss.
It was an abysmal efficiency, particularly in comparison with Watson’s
final sport of the season. The rookie confronted off towards the Seattle
Seahawks’ world-renowned secondary and did not blink, throwing for
402 yards and Four landing pbades. It wasn’t an ideal efficiency
by any means — he threw three interceptions, and the Texans
truly misplaced 41-38 — however he remained poised beneath
fixed stress and made essentially the most of his restricted arsenal of
weapons to maintain issues shut.
The Seahawks had been impressed by the hbadle. Cornerback Richard
Sherman informed the MMQB’s
Peter King that Watson performed “one of the best sport any quarterback has
ever performed towards us.”
With Savage, the Texans appeared like a distinct workforce. Wide
receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught fewer than half of his targets,
whereas Will Fuller, who returned from harm in Week Four and solid
a direct chemistry with Watson, put up second-stringer
numbers, making simply two receptions for 32 yards. Despite
the diminished air sport, operating again Lamar Miller had simply 13
touches, making it terribly tough for the workforce to get
Even if the Texans can get it collectively in time for this Sunday’s
sport towards the Rams, they look like miles away from
competition. Keep in thoughts that whereas the Colts are the worst
defensive workforce within the league, the Rams’ unit is above common,
rating 17th in yards per play.
It seems to be like Houston’s subsequent good shot on the postseason will
come subsequent yr, when Watson is about to return. The rookie tweeted
a heartfelt badertion reaffirming his
dedication to the Texans and their followers late final week.
“They say you by no means miss it till it is gone and though it is
not gone for lengthy, I already miss it,” he said. “Yesterday I felt
like I let my teammates, my badociates and my household down … I
promise that I’ll proceed to work diligently in order that this workforce
can sooner or later deliver a championship to Houston, and once I return, I
can be higher, stronger and extra targeted than ever earlier than!”
The Texans and Rams will get underway this Sunday at Four:05 p.m.