Deshaun the Punisher!

Deshaun Watson was heavily scrutinized for his performance last season. He broke the single season record for passing touchdowns in season 1 and then threw for less than half of those touchdowns in season 2. The Texans offensive approach last season was vastly different than in season 1, but we saw a mixture of the two offensive approaches in the playoffs last season when the Texans played against the Ravens and the Chargers. Deshaun Watson wanted to quiet all of his critics and prove that he still has the ability to light up the score board and he punished the Chief’s defense in week 1. The Chief’s head coach was very concerned with stopping league MVP Javian Hawkins and he had his defenders pressing the line of scrimmage on most plays. Deshaun Watson completed 25 of 30 pass attempts and threw for 352 yards and 7 touchdowns. He finished the game with an 83.3% completion rate and a 155.1 QBR. Deshaun led the Texans to a 49-30 victory over the Texans. The Texans offense put on a display but they have been extremely consistent every season on offense. The biggest question is the Texan’s defense, and on paper they improved greatly this off-season, however they still allowed the Chiefs to score 30 points.. So what went wrong?

The Biggest Questions on Defense –

Man Coverage versus Zone Coverage? Is the Texans front really as ferocious as they look on paper? Was trading away their best offensive linemen worth the risk? 

The Texans have an aggressive style man defense. They very rarely ever press receivers but they do ask their corners and safeties to cover one on one a lot. I think this approach wasn’t the best move against the speedy offense of the Chiefs. Mecole Hardman, Tyreek Hill, and Chubba Hubbard both had very long plays that broke for touchdowns. Hardman annihilated Gareon Conley on a post pattern that had Conley gasping for air at the end of the play. Hill ran by a flat footed Gareon Conley who was just a step behind him on a streak pattern for a touchdown. Chubba Hubbard’s 76 yard touchdown run featured poor angles and awful tackling from the Texan defenders. Coach Bull said that his team wanted to send pressure at Mahomes and contain him from running towards the sidelines, but the pressure just couldn’t get there to sack him. Coach Bull said that his team will have to re-evaluate the game plan this week in practice and that he will do better in week two’s game against the Colts.

The Texans have an aggressive style man defense. They very rarely ever press receivers but they do ask their corners and safeties to cover one on one a lot. I think this approach wasn’t the best move against the speedy offense of the Chiefs. Mecole Hardman, Tyreek Hill, and Chubba Hubbard both had very long plays that broke for touchdowns. Hardman annihilated Gareon Conley on a post pattern that had Conley gasping for air at the end of the play. Hill ran by a flat footed Gareon Conley who was just a step behind him on a streak pattern for a touchdown. Chubba Hubbard’s 76 yard touchdown run featured poor angles and awful tackling from the Texan defenders. Coach Bull said that his team wanted to send pressure at Mahomes and contain him from running towards the sidelines, but the pressure just couldn’t get there. Coach Bull said that his team will have to re-evaluate the game plan this week in practice and that he will do better in week two’s game against the Colts. 

The Texans did not record a sack in week 1 but they were able to pressure Mahomes enough to force him to throw three interceptions. His ability to get the ball off made it difficult to record a sack, but the pressure was in his face constantly. Coach Bull wanted more statistical results but his front four made it a nightmare for Mahomes when he was unable to get the ball out quickly. The Chiefs sacked Deshaun Watson once but that was due to a free rusher that wasn’t picked up by halfback Kenneth Gainwell. The protection for Watson was solid throughout the game and Watston’s performance paid tribute to it. The Texans survived a late onslaught by the Chief’s offense and will have to control the game early on in week 2 against the Colts. 

The Colts are coming off a huge week 1 win against the Titans, their defense gave Aaron Rodgers fits and on offense, they will be riding the hot hand. The Colts have a ton of offensive weapons and no one can forget about Jonathan Taylor and his MVP performance in season 1. This matchup will have PML’s two MVP’s from season 1 and season 2 facing each other and we will see which halfback will lead his team to victory.

Player of the Week – 

WR Joseph Ngata – 5 receptions, 44 yards, and 3 touchdowns. 

Joseph Ngata was Deshaun Watson’s go to target in the Red Zone. Ngata’s frame makes him a prime candidate if left one on one in the red zone. He was seen leaping over his defender and securing the catch for a touchdown. Ngata will be a receiver to watch going forward. His yardage wasn’t appealing but his rapport with Deshaun Watson is just beginning.

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