Houston Texans Deshaun Watson Is Ready for the Stretch Run Coming Out of the Bye Week
Patrick D. Starr
The Houston Texans have the much-needed bye week happening this weekend, and for a team that is dealing with multiple injuries, it comes at the right time. Sitting at 6-3, the Texans this season have exceeded expectations with their play in the first half of the season.
A big reason for the Texans' success has been the play of Deshaun Watson, and the efficiency he has been playing with has been impressive. Named the NFL's October Offensive Player of the Month, Watson knows the Texans are in a good spot heading into the second half of the season.
"It's a good spot," Watson said of the Texans record. "Halfway through the season, just being to be where we're at. A lot to look back over the past weeks to correct, and then a lot to actually build on. So, the biggest thing is really getting everyone healthy, getting everyone rested up for a long stretch, and for us to be able to try to make a run."
The break will help the likes of key players like cornerback Bradley Roby (hamstring), wide receiver Will Fuller (hamstring), safety Tashaun Gipson, Sr. (back), cornerback Lonnie Johnson, Jr. (concussion), and Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) get back on the field.
Despite the critical injuries to vital players on the roster, the Texans have found ways to piece together solid gameplans. The Texans live by the 'Next Man Up' mantra, and it has been exactly that since the injury bug hit the roster.
Seeing new faces step in a make plays and help the Texans to wins and Watson's play has helped infuse a confidence level for the second half of the season.
Watson understands the win going into the bye week is good for the team momentum wise.
"Confidence, we always have the confidence," Watson said of the Texans." "So not much confidence, but I guess you can say the momentum, just being able to come into this week with a little motivation and a different type of energy. I think that's the biggest thing. We all know that it's the halfway point, and we have a lot more football to play and a lot of tough, challenging games that's coming up ahead of us. We're going to be ready."
The Texans will travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens in Week Eleven in a key AFC matchup next Sunday.
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