Snap and clear.
Those three words are incredibly important to Deshaun Watson, and they paid dividends for the Texans in the Thursday night 20-17 triumph over the Colts.
After a tough outing in Week 11 at Baltimore, Watson and the Texans bounced back at NRG Stadium in the win over Indianapolis. And after tossing a second quarter interception, Watson came back and guided the Texans to a touchdown before the half.
"It's tough, but for me I got to snap and clear," Watson said. "That's the motto that I have, and just continue to move forward. But, yeah, I had to make sure that to keep the energy going, keep my spirit going, keep encouraging guys and go down and get the lead and that's what we did."
The Texans signal-caller finished with 298 yards passing, a pair of touchdowns and a 104.6 quarterback rating. Both scores were thrown to DeAndre Hopkins, who finished with 94 receiving yards. Watson dialed up the deep ball a few times to Will Fuller V, who returned from injury to lead the Texans with seven catches for 140 yards.
Head coach Bill O'Brien was impressed with a few aspects of Watson's performance in the victory, and liked what he saw in terms of steering the offense.
"We're at our best when we can get into a tempo," O'Brien said. "The throws that he made to Will and to Hop, I mean they were just great throws and great catches and those guys ran really good routes. But if we can get into a tempo and have some chunk plays during a drive that's usually a good, pretty good formula for us."
Fuller, who pulled in a 51-yarder and a 44-yarder, explained the simplicity of his explosive evening.
"All I had to do was run," Fuller said. "Deshaun put it on the money. I just ran up underneath it and caught it. He put it right in the perfect spot."
The win pushed the Texans to 7-4 and atop the AFC South. They'll host the Patriots December 1 on Sunday Night Football.