"Don't jinx me now," Deshaun Watson said, smiling.
When asked about his current streak of 210 passes without an interception, Watson should be smiling. He hasn't thrown a pick since Week 5 and owns the longest active streak of passing attempts without one.
Watson has thrown for over 300 yards in six games this year and recorded a franchise-record six consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes. In his fourth season, Watson has been passing more, not less, but also with more accuracy than ever before, completing an average of 68.9 percent of his throws.
So, what's the catalyst for his success on the field? In a word, Watson says "everything."
"I think it's just everything," Watson said. "The chemistry with the receivers, the chemistry between me and Tim Kelly, the conversations I have with AJ McCarron, T.J. Yates, Josh McCown, my QB coach Quincy Avery. All of us all on the same page of what we want to do for this system, what we need to do to be successful as an offense. For me to just understand how to become a pure, elite quarterback and do the right things and be very, very efficient and sharp."
Watson has put in the work with film study and learning just how to use his skillset to attack defenses. Now, he says he isn't trying to make big plays, but to just naturally let them happen.
And they certainly have happened.
At Detroit, Watson became just the second quarterback in NFL history with at least four touchdown passes and a 150.0 quarterback rating on Thanksgiving Day. Watson's big plays included calling a flea-flicker (Watson to Duke Johnson back to Watson) that ended in a long touchdown pass to Will Fuller V. He completed 68.0 percent of his passes in a Texans 41-25 win that was so lopsided, it was the final nail in the coffin for head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn. The Lions fired both two days later.
As a result, Lions fans began donating in droves to his foundation, much to Watson's amusement. He matched the donations and helped feed people Detroit's impoverished community.
"I was just like, 'that's crazy,'" Watson said. "So, I appreciate you guys up in Detroit, the Lions fans. Of course, I kind of wanted to use that and not put it in my account, turn it around and give it back to the Detroit community. That's what I wanted to do. Of course, we're teaming up with my franchise with Sam (Berry) and Lefty's and giving back to the community, food and different things. Of course, using that money to give back to different families in need. Especially during this pandemic in tough times like that to give back different things for the house and stuff. I appreciate Detroit fans, but I wanted to give back and support you guys also."
On Sunday, Watson will have to play the final five games of the regular season without his top target in Fuller, who is serving a six-game suspension for violating league policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Interim head coach Romeo Crennel is optimistic that Watson will continue to play at a high level with a receiver group led by Brandin Cooks and four healthy tight ends.
"I think that he'll play well because he's a great quarterback," Crennel said. "Great quarterbacks play well even though they might not have their favorite target, all of a sudden, another target becomes their favorite. Guys who can get open and who can catch the ball. We have guys on the team that can do that, so I think he'll continue to be great."
Through 11 games this season, Watson has 3,201 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, five interceptions and an average 112.5 passer rating. He has also rushed for 293 yards on 62 carries and two scores.
Watson and the Texans will host the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13. Kickoff is set for Sunday noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
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