Texans star J.J. Watt says win over Titans was for Bob McNair
The Houston Texans put in one of their most dominant performances this season, Monday. On an emotional night, everything seemed to go according to plan. Their offense and their defense played to the highest level and led them to their eighth consecutive win.
The Texans are currently coping with the loss of their owner, Bob McNair, who passed away last Friday. McNair is known to be the man who brought football back to Houston in 2002. The original franchise that played for the city, the Houston Oilers, left in 1997 and became the Tennessee Titans. Coincidentally, the Texans’ opponent in this prime-time matchup was the same team who moved away from their city.
The Texans avenged an earlier loss in week two against the Titans. They dominated because of a top-notch performance on the ground by running back Lamar Miller, who rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown. DeShaun Watson was also unstoppable in the passing game with 210 yards and two touchdown passes.
J.J. Watt and the Texans’ defense gave Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota a hard time as they sacked him six times.
In a postgame interview, Pro-Bowl defensive end Watt stated that he has dedicated this win to McNair as per Sarah Barshop of ESPN.
“All he wanted for Houston was a winner,” Watt told ESPN’s Lisa Salters after the game. “All he wanted for us every week was a winner, and tonight that was for him. We’re glad we could get one in his stadium, in his building, and I believe he was watching. So that one was for you, Mr. McNair.”
Houston also achieved a notable feat in the NFL with this win. They’ve finally become the first team to start 0-3 and win their next eight games. Above all, their 8-3 record is one of the best in the league and good enough for the top spot in the AFC South.