The Final Four is on the horizon and to celebrate its impending arrival, last week, I created a final four bracket of the greatest W's in Houston Texans history. The first ever win in franchise history, the first ever Playoff game win, the win that clinched the AFC South for the first time and the first win over the Indianapolis Colts on the road were seeded and set into the bracket.
This week, the Madness continues with a new bracket...
Today's bracket...Outstanding Performance in a game in 2015
(1) DeAndre Hopkins 10 receptions, 148 yds, two TDs and one helmet catch v. Jacksonville on the road
(4) The secondary v. AJ Green and Cincinnati in win on MNF
(3) JJ Watt's three sacks, two PD, one FF and more v. Jacksonville at home
(2) Whitney Mercilus 3.5 sacks v. Tennessee at home
Hopkins was outstanding throughout the 2015 season, but in Jacksonville, the Jaguars decided to leave CB
Davon House in man coverage on Hop throughout the day. Not good...for them. Hopkins caught everything that day, including two crucial second half touchdowns and the now famous Helmet Catch. Hopkins pinned the ball to his helmet as he fell out of bounds and, in so doing, secured the miraculous catch on a key scoring drive.
In Cincinnati, the Texans secondary held AJ Green to only five catches. Furthermore, Quintin Demps forced Green's only fumble all season on the last Bengals offensive play of the game. Johnathan Joseph had an interception on a deep throw for Marvin Jones and Andre Hal nearly had another one just after Hopkins' go-ahead TD catch. QB Andy Dalton was held to under 200 yards passing and no touchdowns.
When Watt emerged from the tunnel before the game without the bulb-like cast that he had worn the
previous three weeks, we all should've known it was going to be a different day. Yet, it was a day the Jaguars had seen in some way, shape or form in the past. Watt and Whitney Mercilus dominated throughout the day but it was Watt's sack and forced fumble that ended Jacksonville's last true scoring threat in the fourth quarter.
Speaking of Mercilus, the former Illinois star racked up three and a half sacks in a win over Tennessee just prior to the bye week. It should've been four and a half, which would've been a team record, but Mercilus was flagged for a hands to the helmet penalty that eliminated one of the sacks.
So, there you go. You know how it works, pick the winners in the 1-4 matchup and the 2-3 matchup and then pick between those two winners. Simple, no? Next week, I'll have one final bracket leading up the actual Final Four that'll tip off on Saturday April 2nd, 2016. Until then, have fun with this bracket, Texans style.
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 3/2/2021)