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Watson dazzles again in loss

Deshaun Watson was magical in the win. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Not one, two, or even three tacklers could bring down Deshaun Watson as he scrambled and then found rookie tight end Jordan Akins for 22 yards. On third down no less. Then, moments later, Watson perfectly placed a pass to rookie wideout Vyncint Smith for a 35-yard touchdown to tie the game. The extra point would put the Texans ahead but a last-second Eagles field goal would spoil the typical comeback story.

Watson, again, was amazing. He started slow with the Texans failing to find anything on the ground. With the rushing attack struggling the Texans turned to Watson and his shoulders were ready to carry the load.

Both of the Texans first-half touchdowns were via Watson's feet. The first one, a designed run to the left where he side-stepped an Eagles defender and waltzed in for a touchdown. The second score Watson saw nothing to hit with a pass so he took off untouched for another touchdown.

The offensive line struggled mightily. Watson would lead the team in rushing with 49 yards, most of them making something out of nothing when protection broke down. There were far fewer instances of him holding the ball too long as he decided to make use of his legs. He was hit nine times and sacked four times in the game.

He was even more dynamic through the air.

The second half alone saw Watson pass for 234 yards and his two touchdowns. He was the only chance the Texans had and he made play after play to keep the Texans in the game and almost earn them the win.

This is the type of game you dream of when you draft a franchise quarterback and Watson showed he is every bit the part in just his second year.

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Martin Truex Jr. won his 2nd race of the season last week. Photo via: Wiki Commons.

NASCAR returns to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. This is the first of two races here at this track as they will race on Sunday afternoon. This will be different from the normal night race they usually have here as this will definitely affect the racing surface considering how much the sun could make the track slick. It should be a fun race come Sunday.

Last week, Martin Truex Jr. passed Denny Hamlin to capture his second win of the season after rain moved the race to Sunday. He became the first driver to win multiple races after a fierce battle with his teammate Denny Hamlin. The race was filled with tons of wrecks including a fifteen car pileup including Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. It was one of the better races of the season as there was lots of beating and banging.

The race was not without controversy but not the kind you would expect. Early in the race Rick Ware Racing teammates Cody Ware and James Davison were involved in an altercation. The two were battling towards the back of the pack when Ware decided to drive through his teammate in turn four. The race got much worse for Cody Ware as he was involved in three more cautions all throughout the race. Many people around the sport were quite perturbed by his antics including broadcaster Mike Joy as he was audibly annoyed after Ware spun out later in the race. Many have questioned if the fifth-year driver should even be in the car and overall I can understand why some of those people think that. In his five years of driving, he has finished on the lead lap one time. I hope that he is able to figure it out and find success in the future, but this was not a good look.

The slump continues for two-time champion Kyle Busch

Throughout the race, Busch was running okay for the most part but towards the closing laps of the race he and Chris Buescher got together triggering a fifteen car pileup. Despite all this, he was able to rebound to a respectable tenth place finish. This has been more than likely the toughest stretch of his career since his championship in 2019. Many would say that the omission of Practice and Qualifying has really affected his performance. Whatever the issue is, this team really needs to find some speed, or he could be in danger of missing the playoffs. I look for this team to bounce back considering how talented he is.

Prediction

The driver that I have winning this week is Kyle Larson. This has been an incredible rebound season for Larson as he currently sits fourth in points. He is also second in laps led only to Denny Hamlin. Richmond has been a great track for him as it fits his driving style perfectly as he can run the outside line and find grip where others can't. This track is also rather sentimental to him considering he won his first pole award here during his rookie season in 2014. While he may not have the results he would want he has always been extremely fast here and even won back in 2017. I look for him to capture his second victory of 2021 come Sunday.

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