Texans Super Bowl Hopes Ride on Watson
Since Bill O’Brien took over the Houston Texans in 2014, the team has achieved a winning record in four of his five seasons. The team reached the playoffs in three out of five seasons.
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The problem in the five seasons O’Brien has only one playoff win. The Texans selected the dynamic Deshaun Watson with their first-round in 2017. Watson being a four-year starter at Clemson, was expected to help get the team over the hump. The Texans struggled with inconsistent quarterback play before his arrival. Watson’s maturity and the fact he led Clemson to the National Championship his senior year raised expectations he could hit the ground running.
In 2017, he took over halfway through Week 1 and quickly became one of the most exciting players in the league. Watson threw for 18 touchdowns in six starts. Watson tore his ACL during practice after a career performance against the Seattle Seahawks. The quarterback started slowly in 2018 upon his return from injury. Watson finished with 31 total touchdowns and named to his first Pro Bowl.
The problem for the Texans is Watson spent the end of many passing plays lying on his back. The Texans allowed 65 sacks during the 2018 season including the playoffs.
The team moved quickly in the draft to address this issue by drafting offensive tackle Tytus Howard in the first round. The team then selected offensive tackle Max Scharping in the second round. The two will cover Watson’s Flank and blindside. Watson is one year removed from the ACL injury expectations for the offense are high.
The team arguably when healthy have the best receiver duo in the game with Will Fuller returning from an ACL injury and DeAndre Hopkins. Anything under 40 total touchdowns for Watson I would consider a disappointment.
The Texans defense rides on a healthy J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney causing offensive lineman and quarterbacks nightmares. A dark cloud lingers over the team with Clowney’s holdout. The holdout shows no end in sight.
The Texans are projected to win eight and a half games this season. I believe this team has the potential to win more than ten games this season. The Raiders potential depends on how well they do in the division. I am predicting they will finish at least with nine wins and becoming a playoff team with AFC title game potential.
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