Texans Home opener should be great for Deshaun Watson and Bill O’Brien

The Houston Texans have started the season 0-2.  The spotlight has been on the 2nd year quarterback Deshaun Watson and his inability to wow us the way he did during his rookie season.  Watson has struggled in the first to games looking uncomfortable and holding the ball too long in the pocket.

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson

The Texans QB has thrown for 486 yards and three touchdowns, however he has two interceptions and three fumbles in those two games. On this professional level he has to have short-term memory and plan to have a great game this Sunday.

The Texans face the New York Giants in what is a must-win for both teams. Playing at home should be what Deshaun needs to have his breakout game in 2018.  Having a great game may be the jolt in confidence he needs to bring us back what we grew to love in his rookie year.

Here are his stats through the first two games:

WK OPP RESULT COMP ATT YDS TD INT SCK RATE FUM LOST
2 @Titans L 17 – 20 22 32 310 2 1 4 107.6 2 0
1 @Patriots L 20 – 27 17 34 176 1 1 3 62.9 1 1

 

Bill O’Brien

Bill O'Brien
Head Coach Bill O’Brien

More importantly, Bill O’Brien needs this victory for his team. The Texans and Giants are entering as much of a must-win as you can get in the NFL if your goals is to make the postseason. Only 11.1% of all 0-2 teams make the playoffs. Only 3.3% of 0-3 teams make the playoffs. Going 0-3 isn’t a death sentence. It’s just a wrongfully convicted murder charge cleared by DNA testing fifteen years in the future.

First of all, they are entering as much of a must-win as you can get in the NFL if your goals is to make the postseason. Only 11.1% of all 0-2 teams make the playoffs. Only 3.3% of 0-3 teams make the playoffs. Going 0-3 isn’t a death sentence. It’s just a wrongfully convicted murder charge cleared by DNA testing fifteen years in the future.

Because of this start and losing to Blaine Gabbert (who didn’t even play with Tennessee’s two starting tackles or its starting tight end), previous murmurings under the Earth are starting to become wails and howls regarding Bill O’Brien’s job. He was extended shortly after last season despite going 4-12 because injuries ruined 2017 and O’Brien turned the offense into a green-tailed meteor with Deshaun Watson at quarterback.

This season, the context has quickly changed. The Texans are (1) healthy and (2) talented. They should have played better against New England, and they should have beat an empty Titans squad. The expectations for this season were playoffs at a minimum. With a loss this week, those expectations are starting to be derailed.

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