Despite the Sunday night loss to the Chiefs, the performance and promise of Deshaun Watson left a positive impression.
The rookie quarterback threw five touchdown passes and no interceptions, racked up 261 passing yards and another 31 on the ground. The Texans fell by eight, but Watson guided the offense to a third straight game with a 30-point output.
"Every game is a learning experience for him," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I really think he's an excellent young quarterback. He kept competing right until the end. He's a great kid. He's a lot of fun to coach and he's obviously got a great future."
Three of Watson's five touchdown passes went to DeAndre Hopkins, and the veteran Pro Bowler thinks highly of the first-year signal-caller.
"I'm impressed with the things that he can do with his feet and with his arm as well," Hopkins said. "Everybody knows he can run but still he looks downfield and makes plays. The throws he made towards the end of the game were some special throws."
Watson threw four scores after the half, and explained what he learned in the defeat.
"Just keep fighting," Watson said. "Keep the energy, keep the leadership up with the guys. The game is never over until the fourth quarter and the clock hits zero zero."
Watson and the Texans will host the Browns next Sunday at NRG Stadium.
Check out photos of the Houston Texans as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium.