Deshaun Watson's play propels Texans to win on the road

Deshaun Watson has been playing some of his best football this season, even through some of the Texans' tough losses. In the past three weeks, Watson has thrown eight touchdowns, no interceptions with an average passer rating of 120.7 and rushed for 114 yards.

On Sunday at Jacksonville, Watson's performance finally translated to a 27-25 win over the Jaguars. Watson completed 19-of-32 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 109.0. He also led the team with 50 rushing yards, a season-high after running back David Johnson left the game in the first quarter with a concussion and did not return.

"He's a magician," interim head coach Romeo Crennel said after the game. "I don't know how he got out of some of those situations he was in, but he has a feel for finding the opening and being able to get through. And when he gets through, he gains yards and keeps the sticks moving, keeps the momentum for the offense going."

Watson's chemistry with wideouts Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller has flourished in recent weeks. Cooks, who led the NFL with 24 receptions from Weeks 5 through 7, scored on a 57-yard catch-and-run on the second offensive play against the Jaguars snapping a season-long drought of scoreless first drives. Watson continued a six-game touchdown streak with Fuller, on a 77-yard score in the third quarter, a career-long score for both of them.

"With Will, we'd seen I missed him earlier and he brought it to the sideline to me," Watson said. "So I wanted to come back to him, gave him a chance and I threw it out and he made a great catch. After that, he did the rest. With guys like that that can really run, just give him a chance to get the ball in their hands and let them go to work."

In the past six games, Watson recorded a passer rating of 100.0 or more, a career best for the quarterback. In addition to Cooks and Fuller, Watson credited the unselfishness and skillset of all of his receivers. Watson may be playing a high level but he still sees potential in this Texans offense with eight games remaining.

"Make explosive plays, possession plays, everything," Watson said. "You throw in (Randall) Cobb and (Kenny) Stills when he comes in then you get those tight ends rolling, well, it can be very, very scary. So we still pinning the pieces together and getting that chemistry building up and, you know, things are continuing to roll."

On Sunday, Watson became the eighth quarterback in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards and one touchdown in each of the first eight games of a season. He is the first player in franchise history to accomplish this feat and it is also the longest streak in franchise history.

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