The Houston Texans looked like a totally different team with DeShaun Watson under center in 2017. Watson was outstanding in his seven games before suffering a knee injury, throwing for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He also added 269 yards rushing on 36 attempts, scoring two more times.
This season, the Texans are expecting even more from their franchise quarterback. Watson is a bit turnover prone, which is a common case among young quarterbacks. However, he more than makes up with it with his arm talent, athleticism and running ability.
The Patriots defense is susceptible to surrendering big games. New England surrendered the third most passing yards in the league in 2017, giving up 251 per game. The Patriots were able to rack up some sacks, totaling 42 on the season. However, with how elusive Watson is, the Patriots will have to stick to their assignments to avoid giving up big plays.
While Watson may make a mistake or two, he will make up for it throughout the game. He is a bonafide QB1 this week against New England and a solid play in any format.