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Texans Gifted With Win Vs. Broncos

The look on JJ’s face on the featured image describes every Texans face after the game.

A wise man once said, “Better to be lucky than to be good.” That is the perfect quote to describe this game.

The Texans are absolutely lucky not to be walking out of Mile High Stadium with a record of 5-4 tonight against the Broncos. As Case Keenum was driving down the field, I was sure that they were going to kick and make the game winning FG to end the Texans 5 game win streak. Just like every Texans fan, I was holding my breath while watching Brandon McManus put his foot to leather, expecting him to make the kick. And just like every Texans fan, I laughed and jumped for joy when he horribly missed the kick. Instead of being 5-4 right now, the Texans extend the win streak to 6 games with a 19-17 victory.

I see a lot of tweets saying that the Texans are the luckiest team in the NFL. To be honest, I cannot disagree with that. If I have to be even more honest, I don’t care if they are the luckiest team in the NFL. In order to win in the NFL, especially a Super Bowl, you have to be lucky. There isn’t a team in the NFL who won a Super Bowl without some sort of luck. For the Texans, a team who is historically on the bad side of luck since 2002, it’s good to see some breaks go their way. The Texans lucked their way into a 6 game win streak.

Here are my heroes of week 9’s victory

Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Photo: Jack Dempsey, AP / Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

(Nov. 4, 2018 – Source: Jack Dempsey, AP/retrieved from chron.com)

Watching Watson is starting to become fun again. Every week he is getting back to his pre-2017 injury form. I believe the major difference between Watson of right now and the Watson in the beginning of the season is that he is now 100% recovered from injury. He looks more athletic and is even making better decisions. This is his third straight game without throwing an interception. Watson finished the game 17-24, 213 yards, and 2 Tds. Every week he proves he is this franchise’s QB of the future.

Deandre Hopkins

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) is tackled by Denver Broncos strong safety Will Parks (34) as he makes a first down reception during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff Photographer / © 2018 Houston Chronicle

(Nov. 4, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

Missing Will Fuller and Keke Coutee limited the Texans offense today, but it didn’t affect Deandre Hopkins. One of the reasons why Hopkins is the best WR in the league is because no matter who is or who is not on the field, he gets it done. He can play with any QB or any WR and still produce. Not that many WRs can do the same thing. Hop finished with 10 catches, 105 yards, and a TD. It’s not even surprising any more to see him have a great game. It’s expected at this point.

Kareem Jackson

Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) celebrates breaking up a pass intended for Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff Photographer / © 2018 Houston Chronicle

(Nov. 4, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

Boy was Kareem smacking boys out there tonight. He came down and laid the boom on the Broncos RB. That set the tone for the rest of the game. It’s about that time to start discussing Kareem Jackson to the pro bowl. He is serious having that type of season. No matter if it’s safety or CB, Kareem is balling out.

Offensive Line

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff Photographer / © 2018 Houston Chronicle

(Nov. 4, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

The offensive line did very well considering the circumstances of the game. During the game, LG Senio Kelemete and RT Kendall Lamm were injured, leaving an already bad line in the stampede against a ferocious Broncos pass rush. The line gave up 4 sacks, but I’ll take that. Considering it was 2nd and 3rd string linemen out there, I think they held their own. They are performing consistently these past three weeks.

JJ Watt

Houston Texans defensive ends D.J. Reader (98) and J.J. Watt (99) celebrate the Texans 19-17 win over the Denver Broncos in an NFL football game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Photo: Brett Coomer, Staff Photographer / © 2018 Houston Chronicle

(Nov. 4, 2018 – Source: Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer retrieved from chron.com)

Watt posted his typical JJ Watt stat line tonight, securing 1 sack, a TFL, and 3 QB hits. He now has 9 sacks in 9 games this season. It’s time to start talking about Watt not only as the Comeback Player of the Year, but the DPOY as well. He is performing at that level.

Demaryius Thomas

Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (87) takes the field prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Photo: David Zalubowski, AP / Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

(Nov. 4, 2018 – Source: David Zalubowski, AP/retrieved from chron.com)

I can’t imagine having the type of week Demaryius Thomas has had. From being on one team preparing to play another team this week, to then being traded to the team he was preparing to play and now having to prepare to play for the team he was previously playing for. Idk if that makes sense, but you get the point. Thomas did his damage early in the game, securing 3 catches, 61 yards, and revenge on his old team. Thomas will be a great acquisition to The Texans once he gets caught up on the playbook.

Bonus Hero: Brandon McManus

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus (8) kicks a field goals as punter Colby Wadman (3) holds and Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Photo: Jack Dempsey, AP / Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

(Nov. 4, 2018 – Source: Jack Dempsey, AP/retrieved from chron.com)

Now come on, y’all know it wouldn’t be right unless I mention the biggest hero of our victory.

McManus had an opportunity to end the Texans 5 game winning streak. However, he wanted the Texans streak to continue. McManus finished the game 1-3, missing the game winning 51 yard FG. From the bottom of all of our hearts, thank you Brandon.

Let’s get to the Zeroes.

The Tackling on Defense

Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman (82) celebrates his touchdown catch as Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) and inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (55) look away during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. Photo: Jack Dempsey, AP / Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

(Nov. 4, 2018 – Source: Jack Dempsey, AP/retrieved from chron.com)

Goodness the tackling this game was beyond horrible. By far the worst display of tackling this team has displayed this season. Idk if the Texans thought Jeff Heuerman was Gronk in disguise or something, but that’s how he was performing against them tonight. Nobody could tackle him. He was just bouncing off from tackle to tackle. The Texans honestly should feel lucky that the Broncos didn’t put up more points, because with that type of tackling, they should’ve.

The Cornerbacks

Can someone give me a real reason why, no matter the situation, that the cornerbacks always line up 12 yards off the WRs? It could be 4th and 1, or in the green zone, and the cornerbacks would continue to line all the way off the WRs. Case Keenum had no proble throwing against the Texans defense tonight. All he did was throw slants, posts, and out routes and would get atleast 7 yards per pass. I think the Texans should draft CBs who have enough size to press WRs and make things harder for them.

Well, that’s all I have for this weekend. Let’s enjoy this bye week along with this 6 game winning streak. I hope that everyone has a week as lucky as the Texans 2018 season.

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