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O-line, pass protection shine in Texans victory over Atlanta

Deshaun Watson threw five touchdowns. Will Fuller caught three of them, and finished with 217 receiving yards. Duke Johnson, Carlos Hyde and Watson combined for 166 yards on 34 carries.

None of that could've happened without the strong work of the Texans' offensive line Sunday.

In the 53-32 whipping of the Falcons, Watson wasn't sacked. He was hit just once. A week ago against the Panthers, he was dropped for six sacks, and hit a total of 10 times.

"They did a good job," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "They had a good week. They worked hard. They put in extra time. Everybody did. The sacks, like I've said a million times, everybody's involved in sacks."

The line, in tandem with help from the backs, receivers and tight ends, was one of the catalysts for the offensive eruption of 53 points and 592 total yards. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil was quick to point out the collective effort.

"It takes everybody," Tunsil said. "It takes the quarterback. It takes the offensive line. The running backs, the receivers, everybody has to execute their job to perfection and we got it done. Everybody just did their job. We try to do that every week."

Watson said he and O'Brien, along with offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, had to help the offensive line by altering some schemes. He said he got rid of the ball quicker, and felt good physically in the aftermath of the win.

"We were all on the same page," Watson said. "We were all confident, every time we stepped on the field. I feel like we just got to have that positive energy, positive mentality every week."

In the run game, the Texans averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

"The offensive line did a great job today, especially on their double teams, allowing me to just come downhill and hit it for like a hard five," Hyde said. "I broke some runs today. Duke broke some good runs today. Things were definitely clicking today for us."

After missing last week, Zach Fulton started at right guard again. With him back in the lineup, it was the same offensive line Sunday that started against the Chargers two weeks ago in the win at Los Angeles.

 Houston Texans Fans come out to NRG Stadium for the fifth game of the 2019 NFL season against the Falcons.

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