It was a banner night for Deshaun Watson.
The second-year signal-caller tossed five touchdown passes en route to a 42-23 win over the Dolphins at NRG Stadium.
With a 16-of-20 passing performance for 239 yards, the Texans quarterback threw more scores than he did incompletions.
"It was good," Watson said. "A solid performance by myself. But you've got to give credit to the receivers and the offensive line. Zero sacks, I think. Barely got touched, and then the receivers just winning their matchups."
Watson found DeAndre Hopkins for a pair of second half scores, and connected with rookie tight end Jordan Thomas twice for a touchdown. He also hit Will Fuller, V for a 73-yard score.
"He's a great player," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He got into a rhythm. Guys protected well for him. We ran the ball. He did a nice job."
Watson hit Thomas for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and then erupted after the intermission. He found Thomas for a 2-yarder on 4th-and-goal in the third quarter, and hit Fuller on the deep ball later in that period. A 49-yarder and 2-yarder to Hopkins in the fourth were the exclamation points on his evening.
In the process, Watson passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino for the second-most touchdown passes through a player's first 15 career games in NFL history. It was also the second straight game for Watson without an interception. On the season, he's thrown 15 touchdowns and been picked off seven times, and has a QB rating of 98.4.
Multiple times on Thursday night, he scrambled out of pressure and found open receivers. His ability to make something--sometimes something great--out of what looked like a broken play, reflected Watson's greater impact on his teammates.
"He's the type of guy that gives everybody hope," O'Brien said. "He's a great guy in the locker room. Works very hard."
Watson and the Texans put points on the scoreboard following the Justin Reid interception of Brock Osweiler in the second quarter. It gave the Texans a 14-7 lead that they never relinquished.
"When the offense is rolling like that, it's a lot of fun," J.J. Watt said. ""Especially when you get a turnover and you turn it into points, that's huge."
Watson and the Texans will face the Broncos in Denver a week from Sunday.
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