Deshaun Watson did all he could but it was not enough for the Texans to beat the Seahawks Sunday as Houston lost 41-38. Winning in Seattle is not an easy task even with a veteran quarterback, but rookie quarterbacks were 1-7 in the previous contests, now they are 1-9 with Sunday’s game now in the books.
Watson completed 19 of 30 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns while adding 67 yards on the ground on eight attempts. Watson had some growing pains in the contest as he was sacked five times and threw three interceptions. The third coming on Houston’s final drive to ultimately end the contest. While an overall impressive performance, the interception bug reared its ugly head as Watson threw a season-high three interceptions. Watson had issues throwing interceptions in college, but throwing three interceptions against the Seahawks defense should not be held against him considering his overall performance.
Russell Wilson on the other hand completed 26 of 41 passes for 452 yards, four touchdowns and one interception while only being sacked twice. Wilson took advantage of a defensive unit depleted by injuries and the suspension of Brian Cushing. The Houston defense really did not stand a chance against against an experienced quarterback in Wilson.
Houston’s rushing attack continued being effective as the trio of Watson, Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue rushed 34 times for 142 yards and one touchdown. This committee approach continues to pace the offense and is one of the better units in the NFL. Seattle struggled running the ball as Houston contained their rushing attack to 33 yards on 21 attempts.
DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller were able to make incredible catch after incredible catch. Hopkins caught eight passes for 224 yards and one touchdown while Fuller caught five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Hopkins and Fuller found room time and time again against the Seattle defense, which is quite uncharacteristic for the Seahawks. Typically there is little room (if any) in the Seahawks secondary and somehow Hopkins and Fuller were able to get open often.
Wilson was able to find his receivers consistently as Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson took advantage of the Texans secondary. Lockett and Richardson hauled in six passes each for 121 and 102 yards respectively, Richardson had two touchdowns as well. Possibly overlooked is the performance of much maligned tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham caught four passes for 39 yards and two touchdowns. This is in the midst of trade rumors involving Graham who has had trouble fitting in since he arrived in Seattle.
The biggest takeaway from the loss on Sunday is that Deshaun Watson is “Ready for Primetime”, however the same can not be said for the majority of the Texans roster. Watson was able to march the Texans down the field with ease however Wilson was able to do the same with the Seahawks. The Texans are getting there but still need some help defensively to truly contend. Next week the Texans return home to take on the Colts which is a favorable matchup for a team that needs a win to get back to .500 on the year.
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