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HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Texans won two games in a row for the first time since 2016 after beating the Dallas Cowboys 19-16 in overtime.
For the second straight week, the Texans survived playing to the verge of body-crippling fatigue. DeShaun Watson will be very sore on Monday hopefully he can play next week. Watson took some unbelievable shots to the body with the blitz that Dallas displayed Sunday night.
Watson stood tall in the pocket delivering strikes with good decision-making getting the ball out quickly and scrambling to make plays with a protection breaks down. His biggest attribute is his resilient toughness while taking a lot of hits all those sack only once he was hit 10 times.
The Texans should have won this game and regulation at least by 2 touchdowns. Keke coutee had another excellent game coming down with crucial catches while proving to be a major weapon for this offense. DeAndre Hopkins was the hero with nine receptions 151 yd, and he caught the catch of the game in overtime which got the Texans in field goal range to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime.
Bill O'Brien has quite a bit to say over which kinds of plays the Texans are running. There are other factors at play, including the office of lines ability to protect Watson and his own decisions and all will likely need some adjusting if Watson's going to start taking body shots like he did on Sunday.
The defense was fantastic. The defense held Ezekiel Elliott to 54 yards total with 2.7 yards-per-carry. They seem to be fresh play only 60 plays unlike last week they were pretty gassed playing 82 plays against the Colts. Zach Cunningham led the team once again with nine tackles and coming up with the crucial third-down stop on Ezekiel Elliott in overtime to cause Dallas to punt. Tyrann Mathieu is making a strong presence at the safety position. He finished with eight tackles and key pass breakup to stop Dallas's drive. Justin Reed has stepped in to fill major hole in the secondary with Kevin Johnson being out.His interception set up a field goal in the third quarter and he finished with six tackles.
The Texas started 0- 3 now have re-entered the AFC South race at 2-3 and now it is only a game behind in the division. Next up is Buffalo which plays a physical brand of football fueled by all hustle front seven and a ground game. The issue for the Texans will be whether they have anything left in the tank after going back-to-back overtime games in consecutive weeks.