Deshaun Watson leads offensive eruption in W over Falcons

Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense blistered Atlanta on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

The third-year quarterback threw five touchdowns, wasn't picked off or sacked, completed 28-of-33 passes for 426 yards, and surprised absolutely zero Texans players or coaches.

"That's Deshaun," receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "The things he can do with the football in his hands, not a lot of quarterbacks can do that. Stay in the pocket and take hits, make throws on the run, make the right calls, put the offense in. I'm proud of him."

Watson and Hopkins linked up seven times for 88 yards. The quarterback hit Will Fuller, V 14 times for 217 yards and a trio of scores. Tight end Darren Fells caught a pair of touchdowns. Receiver Keke Coutee caught three passes for 72 yards.

"We knew what we had to do, especially offensively," Watson said. "We had to go in there and execute. We had to bring the energy. Play fast. Do what we do. Make sure that every time we touched the ball we ended up with points."

An eye-popping performance under center, Watson went deep. Watson threw underneath. He also ran four times for 47 yards. But perhaps most importantly, he ran the offense efficiently. The Texans scored on all five drives after the half, with four resulting in touchdowns.

"He did an awesome job of managing the offense," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He ran the show. He did a really good job of managing formations and personnel groupings and plays, and he had a great day."

Watson is the first player in NFL history to throw for 400 or more yards, five touchdowns and have five or fewer incompletions in a game. In fact, he threw as many incompletions as he did scores.

Left tackle Laremy Tunsil called the quarterback "a magician", and running back Carlos Hyde summed it up in matter-of-fact fashion.

"He just did his thing," Hyde said. "What he always does. Did a good job hitting his targets and put up a lot of points today."

It's the second time in Watson's career he and the Texans have scored 50 points or more in a game.

Houston Texans take on the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium for the fifth game of the 2019 NFL season.

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