Seven From Sunday: Houston Texans Show Up When It Counted on the Road Against the Chargers
Patrick D. Starr
The Houston Texans pulled off a strong road win against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday 27-20. The Texans are starting the season 2-1 for the first time since 2016. It was the first time the Texans have held Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers with less than three passing touchdowns for the first time in his career against the Texans.
The Texans earned their second win against the Chargers in team history and first since week one of the 2013 season.
With the win, here are Seven from Sunday for the Texans
Seven from Sunday
1.) Deshaun Watson went 24 of 34 throwing for 351 yards and three touchdowns. With his performance, Watson became the third player in NFL history to record at least 6,500 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns in a player’s first 26 career games, joining Kurt Warner (1998-2000) and Dan Marino (1983-84).
2.) Watson was 7 of 11 on throws in the 10-19 yard range. In the previous two games, Watson has struggled to control the 10-19 yard area completing 42.9% of those passes in week one and week two only 50%. When Watson can get those throws completed, he is moving the chains, and against the Chargers, he had 131 yards and three touchdowns.
3.) Jordan Akins recorded his first two touchdowns of his NFL career with his 16-yard touchdown reception and the game-sealing 53-yard touchdown catch and run.
4.) The Texans utilized Benardrick McKinney in blitz packages and paid off. McKinney notched his first career game with three-or-more quarterback hits.
5.) Johnathan Joseph was tested against the Chargers, especially in the second half. After only receiving two targets in the second half, the Chargers targeted Joseph 10 times where he gave up six receptions for 73 yards. Three of the receptions resulted in first downs, and the biggest gain of 34 yards was a result of a missed tackle. For the game, Joseph was targeted 12 times, and the Chargers completed eight passes (66.7%) for 103 yards and a touchdown. Joseph did break up two passes on the day one which was a near game-sealing interception, and that helped him pass Terence Newman (183) for the sixth-most passes defended in NFL history. Joseph leads all active players and leads the NFL since he began his career in 2006 with Cincinnati with 185 career passes defensed.
6.) DeAndre Hopkins continues to show how much a difference he has made for the offense since he arrived as a rookie. Hopkins had six receptions for 67 yards on Sunday. It extended his streak to 98 consecutive games with a reception to start his career, which is the longest streak in franchise history to start a career, the longest active streak in the NFL to start a career and the eighth-longest streak of games with a reception to start a career in the Super Bowl era.
7.) J.J. Watt’s 2.0 sacks on Chargers quarterback reminded many how special he has been in a Texans uniform. Those two sacks put Watt at the second-most sacks (94.0) through a player’s first 107 career games in NFL history, trailing Reggie White (110.0 sacks from 1985-92) and tied with DeMarcus Ware (94.0 sacks from 2005-11).
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