Despite loss, Watson, Clowney provide hope for the rest of the season

Photo Courtesy of Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle

The AFC South can’t be called a joke anymore after week three.

 

On top of the Jaguars downing the Ravens 44-7 in the UK, the Titans beating the Seahawks 33-27 and the Jacoby Brissett-led Colts beating the Browns 31-28, the Texans provided a thriller in the noon slot on Sunday.

 

The Texans came close to handing the Patriots their second loss of the season, but the defense could not pull out one last stop and Tom Brady did what he does best. With 23 seconds left in the game, Brady tossed what would turn out to be the game-winning touchdown to Brandin Cooks.

 

 

That play alone took away all the work the Texans had put into the other 59 minutes. Houston out-gained New England 417-396 and held onto the ball for 7 minutes and 16 seconds longer. As indicative by the score, this is the closest game the Texans have played against the Patriots in recent memory.

 

Deshaun Watson keeps proving the league that he is far from a system quarterback as he constantly used his athleticism to extend plays and gain first downs.

 

 

Even more impressive, Watson’s two touchdowns through the air would have a casual fan question if he was a rookie quarterback. The first, Watson looked off Safety Devin McCourty just enough to redirect and throw a bullet to Bruce Ellington.

 

 

His second touchdown of the day was a beautiful example of the quarterback and receiver being on the same page for a back shoulder pass in the back of the endzone.

 

 

Watson would finish the game 22 of 33 for 301 yards and two interceptions to go with his two touchdowns – although the second interception came as a result of a Hail Mary at the end to try and win the game.

 

However, it is no secret that the best offense is a great defense, and Jadeveon Clowney reminded everyone why he was drafted first overall three years ago. On top of recording four TFLs, three QB hits and two sacks, he also took advantage of Brady’s beating on the afternoon.

 

 

Yes, the Texans now sit tied with the Colts for the worst record in the AFC South at 1-2, but it is performances like these that offer a glimpse into what the Texans could do once the regular season starts to hit full-stride.

 

It is only week three which means the season is still young. There is only one game between first and last in the division and the Texans are making sure the league doesn’t forget about them as the Titans and Jaguars start making their leaps to the top of the division.

 

Houston returns home to face Tennessee next Sunday, Oct. 1 at noon in what should be an exciting matchup between two young and thriving quarterbacks.

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