Texans Player of the Game

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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