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- While this was an entertaining game to watch, it was made so because of defensive breakdowns by both teams.
- The Texans offensive staff has done an excellent job incorporating numerous misdirection and read-option aspects in order to take advantage of the QB DeShaun Watson’s impressive skill set. The Texans kept freezing the Seahawk LBs with these kinds of plays, and allowed more time for longer pass plays to develop.
- In our view, there were two critical plays that decided this game in crunch time.
- The first came with the Texans ahead 38-34, with 1:53 left in the game. The Texans had just forced the Seahawks to use their final timeout, and the Texans faced a 3rd & 4. A first down would effectively end the game, and QB DeShaun Watson was having a historic game. This play call would decide the game. Would Texans Head Coach let Watson throw the ball, particularly since trying to gain 4 yards by running the ball isn’t a favorable distance? On the other hand, if the Texans did run the ball and failed to get the first down, they would take another 40 seconds off the clock and force Seattle to mount a long TD drive without any timeouts. O’Brien decided to run the ball. The Texans fell short, punted, and yielded a game-winning TD to the Seahawks.
- The second came on the Seahawks’ game-winning drive. After two long completions, the Texans defense appeared gassed, as well as confused. Prior to the snap on the game-winning TD pass from QB Russell Wilson to TE Jimmy Graham, the Texans defense simply didn’t appear lined up. At this juncture, O’Brien had 2 timeouts left and could have used one on defense to get lined up, as well as to get a breather.
- The Seattle offense is largely ineffective trying to run the ball. The offense is largely contingent on Wilson’s ability to escape pressure, and the Seahawk WRs’ ability to win 50-50 balls. In this game, they got away with it on numerous occasions. It will be interesting to see as the season develops whether this style of play can hold up.