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Texans Rout The Dolphins

5. IN. A. ROW!

I’m still waiting to be pinched, but the Texans are hot! Hotter than the block itself. You can tell they are hitting their stride and are improving from game to game. The scariest thing is that they are not playing their best football yet, but are still winning. I think we can all argue that the Texans were about 3-5 plays in total from being 7-1 instead of 5-3, but still I’ll take having the lead over the AFC South.

This is the best performance the offensive has displayed all season. It reminded me of the way the offense was performing last season before Deshaun Watson got hurt. I stated in my prediction article that the Texans shouldn’t have a problem with this game and are a better team than the Dolphins, but that was an understatement. For most of the night, the Texans dominated the Dolphins.

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m enjoying watching the Texans again. From shootouts, dogfights, and blowouts, the Texans have been winning in both exciting and unpredictable ways. Last night’s game was a blowout, dominating the Dolphins 42-23. Here’s my week 8’s heroes and zeroes.

Heroes:

JJ Watt

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates after a play during the third quarter of an NFL football game at NRG Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 25, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

I say it every week almost, JJ WATT IS BACK! Watt started tonight’s mayhem with a pass deflection and a sack on the very first drive. He finished the night with 2 TFL as well. Having 8 sacks in 8 games, Watt is making a strong case for not only Comeback Player of the Year, but DPOY.

Lamar Miller

Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller (26) evades Miami Dolphins strong safety T.J. McDonald (22) during a long run during the third quarter of an NFL football game at NRG Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 25, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

Lamar rushed for 100 yards back to back, BACK TO BACK!

The main reason why the Texans were able to dominate the Jaguars and Dolphins in the same week is because of their ability to run the ball effectively. When Lamar Miller is able to get going, the offense gets going. He was able to turn in an 133 yard game including a TD. Because of Miller, the Texans were able to rush for a total of 188 yards.

Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates his touchdown pass to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at NRG Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer / ? 2018 Houston Chronicle

(Oct. 25, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

You know you whooping on a defense when you throw more TD passes than incomplete passes. That’s exactly what Deshaun Watson was able to do tonight. With a 16/20, 5 TDs, and 0 interception performance, Watson looked more like the 2017 version of himself before he went down with injury. We were waiting for him to return to form this season, and what a better time to do than in prime time where the entire world can see. If Watson can come back to form, this already dangerous Texans team will be even more dangerous, perhaps even a top 5 team in the NFL.

Deandre Hopkins

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) runs downfield with a 49 yard touchdown reception from quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during the fourth quarter of an NFL game at NRG Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Karen Warren/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 25, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

Honestly, I don’t know what to say about Hop any more. He is the best WR in the game. He gets the opposing team’s best CB every week and continues to perform. Last night was no different, drawing Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (I know exactly who you are homie.) A wise man once said, “One man simply cannot stop Deandre Hopkins. He can only hope to contain him.” And yes, I am that wise man. 82 yards, 2 TDs, and one thigh catch that unfortunately didn’t count. (Still catch of the season in my opinion.)

Offensive Line

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) is hugged by center Greg Mancz (65) after catching a 73 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during the third quarter of an NFL football game at NRG Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 25, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

Let me tell you a joke. The 2018 Texans offensive line had a game where they didn’t give up a sack.

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Surprisingly enough, that wasn’t a joke last night. For the first time this season, the Texans offensive line went an entire game without giving up a sack. After getting whipped on like some unwanted stepchildren the beginning of the season, the Texans offensive line strung together strong back to back performances. Deshaun Watson barely was touched this week, being sacked only once in the past two games. This was entirely was due to strong play from his linemen. Just like how I said earlier with Lamar Miller getting the Texans going, the Texans offense will only be as good as their offensive line. When they protect Watson and give him time, The Texans offense are among the NFL’s best offense.

Bill O’Brien

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien watches from the sideline during the second quarter of an NFL game at NRG Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Houston. Photo: Karen Warren/Staff Photographer

(Oct. 21, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from houstonchronicle.com)

It’s only right to give the mastermind behind the team’s gameplan for this week, head coach Bill O’Brien. He has been criticized this season for decision making and play calling, and rightfully so. However, he has orchestrated two brilliant game plans to help dominate two teams within the same week. In the red zone, the Texans have converted 6 of their 7 attempts into TDs. The play calling down in the red zone was better, as well as the execution. Can O’Brien continue to call great games? That’s to be seen, but great job this week Coach O’Brien.

Zeroes

The Refs

I know they are not on the team, but goodness were the refs terrible last night. It was as if they tried their hardest to hand the Dolphins the game in the first half. They called a penalty that extended the Dolphins drive from a field goal to a touchdown early in the game. They took away possibly the catch of the year from Deandre Hopkins on a bogus OPI call. These guys even called a penalty on a kneel. I don’t think I ever seen that before.

It gets to a point where there must be accountability with the refs. They make bad calls that could decide games and doesn’t face any consequences for it. It can even end a team’s season. Something must give with them.

That’s all I have for you for now. See you next week!

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