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Texans Escapes Colts

Before I give you this list, I just want to say, how in the world did the Texans pull that one off?

Seriously, it seems like the Texans were on their way to a 0-4 record yesterday against their long-time division rival Indianapolis Colts. The 4th quarter for the Texans was a complete disaster, surrendering a 28-10 lead and being outscored 21-3 in the remaining 22 minutes of the game.

The Colts were heading into overtime with all the momentum on their side. Andrew Luck and the Colts offense couldn’t do any wrong, until they decided to go for it on 4th and 4 on their own 43-yard line and failed to get the first down.

After that, the Texans were able to get into field goal range, kicking the game winning field goal and winning the game 37-34.

Here is the list of the heroes and the zeroes of the Texans first win of the 2018-2019 season. Let’s start with the heroes.

J.J Watt

(Sept. 29, 2018 – Source: Bobby Ellis/Getty Images North America retrieved from zimbio.com)

The first hero on my list goes to Justin James Watt. JJ finished this game with 4 tackles, 2 sacks, a TFL, and a QB hit. For a moment, I thought Watt bought real estate in the Colt’s backfield with how often he was back there getting after Andrew Luck. After a slow start, JJ now has back to back multiple sack games and is now tied for 2nd in the NFL in sacks. The old JJ is coming back!

Jadaveon Clowney

(Sept. 23, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

Speaking of living in the Colts backfield, Watt was sharing property with Jadaveon Clowney in the Colts backfield yesterday. Texans fans finally got a glimpse of the dominant Watt-Clowney tandem as both tag teamed Andrew Luck for most of the game. Clowney not only had two sacks in the game, but he had 4 tackles, 4 TFL, 4 QB hits, and a fumble recovery for a TD. If I had to choose my defensive player of the game for week 4, Clowney would get my vote.

Keke Coutee

 

(Sept. 23, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

What a debut by the rookie and Texas native! Coutee made history in his first real NFL action, turning in an 11 catch, 109-yard performance. Coutee also made NFL history with the most receptions in a debut game since the NFL merger. It couldn’t have come at a better time, especially after Will Fuller left the game with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. If I am judging by this game, the Texans have finally found a solid slot WR and another receiving option besides Will Fuller and Deandre Hopkins!

Deandre Hopkins

(Sept. 23, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

As dominant as Coutee’s NFL debut was, the next hero on my list, Deandre Hopkins, was even better. Nuk showed the NFL once again why he is, in my humble opinion, the best WR in the NFL. Hopkins turned in a 10 catch, 169-yard performance including a TD. I do have to criticize his late OT drop that would’ve been a game winning TD. You gotta catch those Nuk!

Deshaun Watson

(Sept. 23, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

It is only right to list Deshaun Watson as my last hero of week 4. Watson looked more like the 2017 version we all grown to love before going down to injury. Even with being pressured all game and being sacked 7 times, Watson delivered a 375, 2 TD performance including 41 rushing yards and a TD. During clutch time, Watson was able to get his team down to win the game on a field goal and was one of the biggest heroes in helping the Texans get their first win of 2018.

Now, it’s time for the zeroes of week 4. Side note, there were a lot of people who can be listed on here as a zero, but I am going to list the biggest zeroes of the zeroes, if that makes sense.

Johnathan Joseph

(Sept. 23, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

Father time is forever undefeated, and that is exactly what is going on with Johnathan Joseph. He just doesn’t have the quickness, speed, and athleticism that he once had when he first came to the Texans in 2011. It was highly evident in this game versus the Colts, giving up 10 receptions on 14 times targeted and 185 yards. It didn’t matter if it was Ty Hilton or a 3rd string WR. (mainly Ty Hilton though) Luck picked on Joseph the entire game and succeeded the entire game. To give him some credit, Joseph made the game saving pass breakup on 4th down that led to the Texans kicking a game winning field goal to win the game.

Tyrann Mathieu

(Sept. 23, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

As much as I love him as a player, Tyrann Mathieu had one of the worst games I ever seen him play, Texan or not. It seems that Andrew Luck would pick on Johnathan Joseph to get to the red zone and then would pick on the Honey Badger in the red zone to score a TD. I saw Mathieu in coverage on 3 of 4 of Andrew Luck’s passing TD’s yesterday. As a former all-pro, I expect more out of Mathieu. Hopefully he can get back to his dominant self.

Shareece Wright

(Sept. 23, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

I could honestly put the entire Texans secondary on this list, (which I pretty much have done so far) but I must include the worst of the worst on this list. Shareece Wright was amongst the worst of the worst last Sunday. On 11 targets, Wright allowed 7 receptions for 52 yards and 1 TD. He was better than Joseph and Mathieu, but he was picked on this game as well.

THE ENTIRE TEXANS OFFENSIVE LINE

Every time I watch a Texans game, I notice myself asking this same question every quarter:

How can one line be this bad?!

It seems like most of the game, Deshaun Watson is running for his life in the backfield. Last Sunday was no different. As a unit, the Texans offensive line surrendered 7 sacks and 11 QB hits. The scary thing about it is, if it wasn’t for Deshaun Watson’s athletic ability as well as his ability to escape sacks, the sack numbers could’ve easily went up. While I believe that the play of the offensive line will get better, I think it’s safe to say that the Texans have the worst offensive line in the NFL.

Seriously, how can one group be this bad?

*Bill O’Brien

(Sept. 23, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

I put an asterisk by Bill O’Brien’s name because I was somewhat iffy in including him on this list. He was bad per usual as a coach, but I do have to say that I did like his aggressiveness in the game. He changed up the offense to the strengths of Deshaun Watson, and the results were evident, scoring 37 points. However, he reverted to his old ways in the second half. He displayed conservativeness as well as poor time management, which is at this point O’Brien at his best. If the Texans are going to make a comeback from their 1-3 start, O’Brien must be better as a coach.

There you have it people, the heroes and zeroes of the Texans first win of 2018. Do you agree with my list? Am I missing someone from the list? Comment down below! Let’s argue!

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