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Texans survive Jets

It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it.

The Texans were able to complete the mission and hold off a strong Jet effort yesterday, defeating the Jets 29-22.

At one point, the Texans were up on the Jets 16-3 in what appears to be heading towards a blowout. However, the 4-10 Jets weren’t going to give up. They put up a strong effort in the second half, gaining a 22-19 lead on the Texans in the fourth quarter. The Texans, like the Jets, didn’t lie down either. They finished the fourth quarter with 10 unanswered points, and it was enough to leave out of Met Life Stadium 10-4.

Should the game have been that close? Possibly not. The Texans are a much better team than the Jets. However, in the NFL, there are no such thing as easy wins. Winning is hard, no matter who the team is. In a game where everything looks to have been going wrong in the 2nd half, the Texans found a way to win a game that they normally would lose in the past.

The Texans go into week 15 with an opportunity to win the AFC South and possibly secure a home bye.

Here are my heroes of week 14

Best WR in the Game

<p>Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) beats New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) for a 14-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium on</p>

(Dec. 15, 2018 Source:  Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer Retrieved from chron.com)

No longer will I call the Best WR in the Game by his nickname “Deandre Hopkins.” It’s time to give him the respect he deserves and call him by his government name.

Best WR finished with a stat line of 10 Rec, 170 yards, and 2 TDs. One of those TDs were to take the lead back from the Jets in the 4th quarter. Best WR was able to accomplish this with only one good leg, as he was playing the game with a bad ankle. The way he was able to takeover when the game was on the line shows why he is the best. Even when everyone know the ball is going his way, Best WR still made the plays to put the Texans at 10-4.

Deshaun Watson

<p>Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rears back to throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) against the New York Jets during the second quarter of an NFL football game at</p>

(Dec. 15, 2018 Source:  Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer Retrieved from chron.com)

As a 2nd year pro, Deshaun Watson is not perfect as a QB. He can hold the ball too long at times. He also struggles identifying the blitz in certain formations. He can over sail the deep ball. Watson has many things to improve on as a 23-year old QB.

However, Watson is the future for the Texans. There’s no more doubt in my mind and shouldn’t be for anyone else. He is the biggest reason why the Texans were able to go from 4-12 to now 10-4 with an opportunity to secure a home bye. With such a bad offensive line, I believe Watson is one of the few QBs who could handle being in this type of situation. He gets hit, his top two WRs are/have been hurt, and yet he still does nothing but win.

Watson finished with a stat line of 22/28, 294 yards, and 2 TDs. He also secured his 5th comeback victory this season, tied for the most in the NFL. Watson was born for the big game. He was born to handle the big moment. This is why I am excited to see him go to the playoffs to see how he handles going against the Tom Brady’s, Patrick Mahomes, and Big Ben’s of the AFC.

JJ Watt

<p>Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) sacks New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in East Rutherford,</p>

(Dec. 15, 2018 Source:  Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer Retrieved from chron.com)

Not only does J.J. Watt deserve the Comeback Player of the Year award, YOU CAN ARGUE THAT he can be the Defensive Player of the Year for the 4th time in his career. He had another strong game against the Jets. Watt finished with a stat line of 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 TFLs. Watt was able to close the game when the Texans needed it the most.

Now that we completed the heroes, let’s now focus on the zeroes

The Secondary

<p>New York Jets wide receiver Andre Roberts (19) celebrates his 13-yard touchdown reception over Houston Texans defensive back Shareece Wright (43) during the third quarter of an NFL football game at MetLife</p>

(Dec. 15, 2018 Source:  Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer Retrieved from chron.com)

To be honest, I’m highly concerned about the secondary, especially the Cornerbacks. They are simply not good. Shareece Wright and even sometimes Johnathan Joseph struggles with covering anybody. The secondary made a below-average QB look like Phillip Rivers slinging the ball. The main problem with them is they are both small and not that fast. They sag off the ball 9 yards in order to not get beat deep and due to lack of size to jam the WRs. Because they’re 78 yards off the WRs, it’s easy to get quick completions on the CBs. When the pass rush isn’t producing, QBs are able to tear up the secondary with ease. If average QBs can have good games versus the Texans, I can only imagine when they face the elite QBs in the playoffs. This is indeed a problem.

Offensive line.

<p>New York Jets defensive end Henry Anderson (96) sacks Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in East</p>

(Dec. 15, 2018 Source:  Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer Retrieved from chron.com)

The offensive line were dominated once again. They couldn’t create lanes for the RBs to run nor protect Deshaun Watson consistently. The only thing preventing the Texans from being top contenders is the offensive line. When they perform good, the Texans are merely impossible to beat. However, when Watson is being pressured all game, and the running backs can’t run the ball, the Texans offense will have issues.

That’s all for me. The Texans are one win away from winning the AFC South. Can they finish the job next week in Philadelphia? I believe so, but that remains to be seen. Until then, later!

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