Photo Credit: Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle
Texans (1-2) quarterback Deshuan Watson was explosive in his team’s 33-36 loss in New England (2-1) on Sunday afternoon. Watson became the first rookie to beat the Patriots in Foxborough since Bill Belichick took over as head coach.
The Patriots defense struggled with Watson’s mobility throughout the game as he was constantly able to extend the play when it seemed like New England had successfully snuffed it out. Take for example the below 31-yard pass on second and 22 that saw Watson escape the pocket before hitting tight end Ryan Griffin from across the field.
Four plays later Watson would hit Griffin again for a 12-yard touchdown pass to get the Texans within one point.
The rookie would finish the day by completing 22 of 33 pass attempts for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two picks — really only one pick as the second one came as tired expired on a final hail mary attempt. It was an impressive performance on the road that gave his team a chance to win against, if the defense hadn’t let Tom Brady march down the field in two minutes and 59 seconds.
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