Deshaun Watson was impressive once again.
The second-year quarterback guided the Texans to a 19-17 road win at Denver, pushing the Texans to 6-3 on the season in the process. He threw a pair of touchdown passes, completed 17-of-24 pass attempts for 213 yards, and also ran six more times for 38 yards. He and his teammates had to sweat out a missed 50-yard field goal attempt as time expired, but ultimately, he and his squad were in the win column again.
"No one quits," Watson said. "Everyone keeps fighting. Everyone keeps believing until the very, very end. That's what we do. Regardless of the situation."
On the opening drive, facing a 3rd-and-2 at the Broncos 7-yard line, Watson lofted a beauty of a pass to the left side of the end zone, and rookie tight end Jordan Thomas came down with it. The Texans were up 7-zip after the Ka'imi Fairbairn extra point.
In the second quarter, leading 7-3, Watson and the Texans struck again. On a 3rd-and-4 at the Denver 16, he found DeAndre Hopkins by his lonesome over the middle. to put the Texans up by double-digits.
But for the third straight game, Watson didn't throw an interception. The Texans defense came up with a takeaway on the possession prior to the scoring strike to Hopkins, and Houston's now been even or positive in a game in turnover differential over the last six. Watson acknowledged the importance of turnover-free football, but also said he hasn't changed his approach.
"It's always big, at every level," Watson said of his lack of picks. "I've been doing my same thing: taking chances when I need to."
His newest target, Demaryius Thomas, caught three passes from Watson for 61 yards in his Texans debut. The quarterback was glad to have him, pointing out Thomas "did a great job coming in and making great catches." But Thomas was appreciative of the help Watson provided in getting him in the right spot prior to snaps. Even more, Thomas liked his new quarterback's demeanor.
"He's calm with everything," Thomas said. "He's not rushing anything. He's under control. And if you need help, he'll help you."
Watson and the Texans helped themselves to another win, and they'll have off next Sunday before heading to Washington in two weeks for a contest against the Redskins.
The Houston Texans are warming up to take on the Denver Broncos for Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season.