Texans player of the game
Hopkins dominates, helps Texans escape New York
On a day where the protection was suspect and the rushing attack struggled, the Texans leaned again on the NFL's best pass catcher. DeAndre Hopkins caught 10 passes for 170 yards on his way to helping the Texans win on the road against the Jets.
Hopkins came up huge with the Texans down three late in the game. Hopkins caught a quick strike from Deshaun Watson and took it 20 yards for some rare second-half success for the Texans offense. Later in the drive Hopkins, as he is apt to do, drew a defensive holding penalty giving the Texans a fresh set of downs. Another Watson pass found Hopkins for a first down that would set up yet another amazing Hopkins play.
With Morris Claiborne draped all over him, Hopkins reached out and snagged the ball for a 14-yard touchdown to give the Texans the lead late in the fourth quarter.
Hopkins regularly took advantage of the space the Jets allowed him in zones hauling in catch after catch. He was the only Texans player to actually get in a rhythm on offense having another huge day. Watson leaned on him in critical moments as Hopkins beat almost everything the Jets threw at him.
Hopkins appeared to get hurt late in the game. He was carried off the field by teammates but was seen on the bench and not the trainer's table. He also reappeared for the rushing plays to run the clock. After the game he told the NFL Network he rolled his ankle.