Watson completed 16 of 24 passes for 208 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 23-21 win over Washington. He added seven yards on three carries.
Watson connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 16-yard touchdown in the first quarter to take a 10-0 lead. Houston's offense found limited success thereafter, but a defensive touchdown helped the team hold on for its seventh straight win. Watson hasn't reached 250 passing yards in any of his past five starts, but he'll bring an 18:9 touchdown to interception ratio into a Week 12 clash with the Titans.
Watson completed 17 of 24 pass attempts for 213 yards and two touchdowns, adding 38 rushing yards on six carries during Sunday's 19-17 win against Denver.
Watson has been held under 240 passing yards in four consecutive games, but he commands a sterling 9:2 touchdown:interception ratio over that same span. Compared to an output of 324 passing yards per game through Week 5, Watson's average of 192 since Week 6 is underwhelming, but he's avoided committing turnovers of late (one interception in each of his first five games of year, just two interceptions over the past four). The second-year quarterback hasn't demonstrated the "rushing floor" that invested fantasy GMs anticipated entering the season (29.7 rushing yards per game), but he's still managed to exceed 20 points (standard scoring) in six of the past eight weeks. Watson and the Texans roll into a Week 10 bye as winners of six straight, awaiting a Nov. 18 date with a Washington secondary that ranked top 5 in yards allowed per pass attempt before trading for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Watson emerged from a Week 5 win at Dallas with cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung, a combination of injuries that forced him to take a 12-hour bus ride to Jacksonville in Week 7. He's recovered enough in the meantime to allay concerns about traveling via plane, so Week 9 will be business as usual for the Texans' starting quarterback. Watson's upcoming matchup will bring him face-to-face with a Broncos defense that was torched by Patrick Mahomes for 303 yards and four touchdowns this past Sunday in Kansas City.
Watson has been sacked once and hit six times over the past two games, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans' offensive line has improved since the start of the season. Over the first six weeks, Watson was sacked 25 times and hit a league-high 65 times, but during a stretch in which he's been dealing with chest and rib injuries, the offensive line has put the quarterback in bubble wrap. That unit was a perceived weakness heading into the season, but eight weeks later, it looks like the new pieces have come together. Not only has the O-line prevented some of the ugly hits we saw Watson absorb earlier in the year, but its paved the way for Lamar Miller to rush for two straight 100-yard games -- the first time he's done that in three years with the Texans. Those two developments are related: the emergence of the ground game means Watson has taken fewer hits. However, it has also meant fewer passing attempts, just 44 over the last two games. But as we learned Thursday, when Watson threw for five touchdowns in 20 attempts, he can still be a valuable fantasy performer.
Watson started slowly and then just kept coming once he got rolling, amassing all five of his scores from the second quarter onward. The second-year signal caller hit Jordan Thomas for a 13-yard touchdown to snap a 7-7 tie early in the period, and he connected with the rookie again coming out of halftime from two yards away. A trio of subsequent second-half touchdown throws to Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins (twice) finished off Hopkins' spectacular night, giving him multiple scoring passes for the first time since Week 4 and equaling his single-game high in that category. While his total yardage has taken a dip after four consecutive 300-yard passing performances between Weeks 2 and 5, Watson naturally remains an elite play in all formats heading into a Week 9 showdown against the Broncos.
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