Brian Hoyer tosses 2 TD, guides Texans to win

Brian Hoyer was efficient on Sunday.

He completed 66 percent of his passes. He tossed two touchdowns. He didn't throw an interception. He finished with a passer rating of 103.9.

Most importantly, he guided his Texans to a 20-6 victory over Tennessee.

"It didn't start fast for us but we hung in there and we kept going," Hoyer said. "We didn't get down. We didn't really ride the wave. We just kind of stayed even and it wasn't always pretty, but we got it done."

Hoyer found DeAndre Hopkins for a 21-yard score in the second quarter, and went deep to Nate Washington for a 42-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He was 23-of-35 on the afternoon for 235 yards, and it was the fifth straight game where he's thrown at least two touchdowns, which is a franchise record.

But more than anything, he did what his head coach wanted.

"I think he took care of the ball," Bill O'Brien said. "He got us into the right play. His leadership on the sideline was good. His leadership in the huddle was good. I think he played a solid football game."

At the end of the second quarter through the beginning of the third quarter, Hoyer completed 11 straight

passes. He averaged 10.2 yards per completion, and the target of his first scoring strike was complimentary of Hoyer's performance.

"Making plays, sitting in the pocket," Hopkins said. "Even though he was getting pressure, he still stayed in the pocket and he stayed composed the whole game."

The veteran signal-caller struggled a week ago in Miami, like the rest of his teammates. But those same teammates were glad to see Hoyer experience some success in Week 8.

"I'm happy for him," offensive guard Brandon Brooks said. "He went out there and played well, so I'm happy for him."

Hoyer's two touchdowns brought his season total to 13, which is now a career-high for him. He threw 12 touchdowns last year in Cleveland. 

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