In sports, it truly is crazy how much can change in such little time. Pro football is no exception to that. Last year, despite having a 4-12 season, there were at times spurts of greatness before rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a season ending ACL injury in practice. This year, things have changed. After a disappointing 0-3 start with losses by single digits in each of their games, the Texans have gotten their swagger back and have yet to lose since week three.
With wins over AFC South division rival, the Indianapolis Colts (2-5), the Dallas Cowboys (3-4), the Buffalo Bills (2-5), the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) and most recently a dominating 42-23 performance at home over the visiting Miami Dolphins (4-4), Houston now sits atop their division at 5-3 with full steam ahead.
The dynamic Houston offense has finally hit its stride as running backs Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue have been gashing defenses with every chance they get, with Miller rushing for 133 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in their win over Miami. On the outside, all-pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is catching everything thrown remotely in his direction, with six catches for 82 yards and two scores in last night’s win. Second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson proved just how talented he can be with 239 yards through the air with five touchdowns, completing 16/20 of his attempts. If you want to talk about efficiency, it does not get much more efficient than that. Leading the offense down the field at will, the young signal caller has produced when his team has needed him most during their current five game win streak. The Texans are continuing to get better and better as the season unfolds. If they can stay healthy and not lose any more of their key players, after losing wide receiver Will Fuller to an ACL injury in the win over the Dolphins, the Texans are a force to be reckoned with in the AFC.