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Deshaun Watson triggers offensive eruption

For the third straight week, Deshaun Watson did something special.

But this time, it encompassed the entire game, which ended in a record-setting 57-14 win over the Titans.

The rookie quarterback guided the Texans offense on 11 drives. Six of them resulted in touchdowns, and three more wound up with field goals. Watson triggered an offensive eruption by the Texans, as they finished the day with a franchise-best 57 points. After passing four four scores and running for another, Watson's explanation for his success wasn't complicated.

"I just keep it simple and make sure I take it one play at a time and one step at a time and learn as much as I can from the coaches and the veteran guys," Watson said.

He finished the day by completing 25-of-34 passes for 283 yards. He was picked off once, but his passer rating was 125.0, the best of his young career. Every week he's improved, and this week it was incredibly rapid. But in his mind, the game hasn't yet slowed down.

"The game is still fast," Watson said. "But I just have to make sure that I'm playing fast and doing the keys that I need to do to make smart decisions to get the ball where the ball needs to go."

Lamar Miller, who ran for a score and caught another, explained how impressive Watson's been as a leader. 

"He just has swag," Miller said. "He keeps everybody going, he leads the offense, he commands the huddle and he just makes sure everybody is playing fast and doing their assignment. He's just moving the ball with them."

Head coach Bill O'Brien didn't hold back in his praise of Watson, who's guided the Texans to a pair of wins in three starts.

"These guys, they believe in him," O'Brien said. "He works very hard. He's got a fantastic way about him. He's an excellent kid and he's fun to coach."

Watson and the Texans held on to the ball for nearly double the amount of time Tennessee did, as they finished ahead in the time of possession battle by a 39:41 to 20:39 margin. All that time watching from the sidelines was welcome for defensive end J.J. Watt and company.

"It's a beautiful thing to watch," Watt said. "It's nice to be able to sit back on the bench and watch the offense move the ball down the field. When you have 30-plus first downs, that's incredible."

Watson and the Texans will host the Chiefs next Sunday night at NRG Stadium.

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