The Texans were without J.J. Watt.
And Laremy Tunsil.
And Bradley Roby.
And Will Fuller, V.
They were playing in London for the first time.
There were many obstacles to overcome on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, and Deshaun Watson helped his club hurdle all of them en route to a 26-3 shellacking of Jacksonville.
Without five players who began the season as starters, Watson and company still flourished in their first game in London.
The Texans quarterback completed 22-of-28 passes for 201 yards, tossing a pair of touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also ran seven times for 37 yards. Watson routinely made plays through the air and on the ground. On several plays, when all hope appeared to be lost, he eluded would-be sacks and wound up with positive yardage for the offense.
"There's no limits on the magic tricks," Watson said, when asked about some of his great escapes. "There's a lot of football left. A lot of opportunities left, so there's going to be a lot more fun plays. A lot more crazy throws and all types of stuff."
As important as Watson's wizardry, though, were a few other key stats: no turnovers, three touchdowns in three goal-to-go situations, and an incredible efficiency guiding the Texans offense.
"He's managing the game," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's managing the clock. He's doing a really good job of just running the offense."
O'Brien explained how Watson's command of the offense is outstanding, especially on the field when he's the one in most control.
"The way that we call the offense, the quarterback on the field is really the coordinator on the field," O'Brien said. "He makes the decisions on what plays to run."
With the win, Houston's now 6-3 in 2019 as they head into an off week. Two weeks from Sunday they'll square off with the Ravens in Baltimore. Continuing the way he's been playing is clearly important.
"Deshaun's playing at a really good level right now," O'Brien said. "A really high level. He understands what we're trying to do. He's making really good decisions with the ball."
Watson said his left eye, which got kicked in last Sunday's win over the Raiders, was fine. DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes from Watson at Wembley, one of which was a late touchdown. As he's emphasized many times before, he's happy to have the Pro Bowler under center.
"It's great to play with a quarterback like Deshaun Watson," Hopkins said. "You all have seen the things today that he can do. It was amazing, right."
The Texans fly home to Houston tonight, and will be off next Sunday. They'll return to action
Houston Texans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium for the ninth game of the 2019 NFL season.