From 0-3 to 8-3: Can the Texans Make it 9 in a Row?

Joe Martinez on Dec. 1, 2018

Tomorrow, the Browns come to town to try and put an end to the Texans eight- game win streak which also happens to be the NFL’s current longest. The Browns are a formidable opponent and should not be overlooked. Gone are the days when facing the Browns was looked at as an automatic win for your team. With the addition of Baker Mayfield, the Browns seem to have found a new bravado, and dare I say, the fanbase is a bit cocky about tomorrow and their chances for a win. Never fear, Texans fans, you are in the good and capable hands of Mr. Watson, and I believe he gives us the best chance to get the dub for tomorrow.

If you watched the Texans on Monday Night Football, you saw a team that notched a win which looked completely different from the past seven wins. For all but the Miami game, according to football circles, the Texans “lucked” their way to seven wins. Against the Titans, they dominated on both sides of the ball and never relented until the final whistle. Although they started the game slowly and found themselves in a 10-0 hole, they quickly responded and put up 24 unanswered points before the half.

For long time fans, this was a refreshing change of pace as Houstonians areall too familiar with hearing the phrase, “isn’t built to come from behind,” which is a nice way of saying your QB is complete trash. Times have changed, Texans fans; the Texans now have the franchise piece under center, a QB capable of digging the Texans out of a hole and eventually winning the game. The fact that they came back was good, the fact that they did it on Primetime was amazing. Primetime has been another area of weakness for the Texans since historically, Texans QB’s completely fold under the lights.

So how does Deshaun hold up in Primetime?

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The brighter the lights, the more he shines.

Watson heads into battle tomorrow to face one Baker Mayfield who in the past two games has thrown for 474 yards, 7TDs, 0 Int, and is completing passes at a rate of 79%. Baker is playing good football. Not to take anything away from the young signal caller, but he accomplished this against the 26th and 28th ranked passing defenses in the Falcons and Bengals. Tomorrow, Baker will be facing the 8th ranked defense in the league and the 12th ranked passing defense in the league. The Texans also are giving up the fourth fewest points to opponents this year at 20.2. Baker will have an intimidating test tomorrow against this Texans defense who will be looking to get to Baker early and often against his formidable offensive line.

The Texans should win this game and I am confident that they will. Like I said earlier, this game won’t be a walk in the park, but with Watson looking more and more like he did last year and with a stingy defense, the Texans should give the Browns all they can handle and cause some fits for the Browns rookie QB. Go Texans!

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