The Texans beat the Patriots 27-23 Saturday Night. This was the first game back home for the Texans, and Brady’s debut since his epic 28-3 comeback in NRG stadium for Super bowl 51. Both teams fought all week in practice, and it showed as some players looked like they knew how to play certain schemes. Here are the takeaways for this week’s game.
The QB Situation
Tom Savage is the starter. I’m sorry for anyone who thinks otherwise as of right now. Tom has proven himself both preseason games, and has been magnificent in camp so far. Savage finished 8/9 for 98 yards and 1 touchdown. Savage looked very comfortable in the pocket, and did not rush any throws or try to force bad plays to get the balls out of his hand. Savage looks like a quarterback who has been developed for 4 years under head coach Bill O’Brien, with his play truly showing it. Watson of course played for the majority of the game, and looked okay while doing it. Watson had a great rushing TD which I will not discredit what so ever, due to how he pulled it off. The kid has athleticism and I am excited for how he can develop into a dual threat QB. The thing that worried me most after this game was Watson’s accuracy/passing skills. Watson had 3/10 completions for a whopping 30%. This is not a good number to have for passing completions. Watson had 102 yards only to Foreman who caught a quick dumb pass and ran 60+ yards for the play. Watson will need to develop to become a better and more accurate passer before Bill looks into starting him.
In JJ’s return, he looked solid and even had a good TFL in the beginning of the game. While he did not play for more than one drive, Watt looked great and his back doesn’t seem to be an issue so far. Watching him and Clowney will be great to watch this year.
Bruce stepped up on Saturday leading all the receivers with 4 Rec and 93 yards. Bruce has amazing speed but shaky hands, as demonstrated during the game. He was there when you needed him to be though, with only 1 missed catch. Bruce was a great addition to the team to help with the WR depth that they have been losing due to injury.
D’Onta had a great game over the weekend as he ran 7 carries for 17 yards and 1 touchdown. On the receiving end, Foreman made 2 catches for 66 yards and had an amazing 63 yard catch and run. Foreman has great potential to become a second option RB, and a HB to throw to when needed. He has speed, but also the size to make teams frustrated.
Be sure to catch next weeks game preview VS the Cowboys. This will be a great in-state rivalry game to watch.