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December 16 2017, 04:52 | Sammy Rose
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It was the first INT return for a touchdown by a Texans rookie in regular season play. Houston converted the first turnover into a 2-yard Miller touchdown run to ignite the offensive explosion.
The group, led by J.J. Watt and 2014 top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, has enjoyed watching Watson develop and transform the offense into a much more potent unit. "We're hydrating. That's a big part of it". "I'm just telling you". After a Texans drive stalls at the 42, Fairbairn steps up and slots a 59-yard kick, maintaining his flawless record; he finishes with two field goals on the day.
"Being able to have all of the weapons on the field, it just makes my job easier", he said. Watson then found DeAndre Hopkins on an 8-yard pass before connecting with Will Fuller on a 16-yarder.
The first score came on a 2-yard run by Lamar Miller.
Instead, the Titans now find themselves licking their wounds in more ways than one following a humbling 57-14 loss to the Texans.
Mariota remained in the game. "I think it helped last week that we had to prepare for Russell Wilson and to have somebody very similar to him coming that can extend plays this week".
"Just what I expected", said Houston defensive tackle D.J. Reader, Watson's former Clemson teammate.
The Titans are 15-36-4 ATS in their last 55 against the AFC and 4-21-3 ATS against a team with a losing record while the Texans are 1-4 ATS in their last five at home and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games in week four. Watson completed 67 percent of his passes, threw for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Patriots, whom Watson faced in Week 3, have allowed a total of 12 touchdowns to quarterbacks in the first month of the National Football League season with just two coming against Watson. His final play was a kneel down to end the first half. "He's been real big and nobody suspected that out of him this year". "Here you guys go". "He knows what's going on out there and he just plays nonstop".
When the defense forced a three-and-out on back-to-back consecutive drives, Houston's offense capitalized. Houston finished with four interceptions to tie a franchise-record, after picking off Mariota twice and intercepting Cassel two more times. Andre Hal picked off Mariota twice.
Texans owner Bob McNair has been hoping for a quarterback for his team since bringing a franchise back to Houston in 2002.