2. Deshaun Watson
Watson’s brilliance as an individual player has been obscured by his team’s 0-3 start. It’s worth noting that all three of Houston’s losses are to teams that have legitiate Super Bowl aspirations. The Steelers, Chiefs and Ravens will all rack up plenty of wins as the season rolls along.
That doesn’t change Houston’s desperation level heading into this weekend’s game against the Vikings. Minnesota also happens to be 0-3. Plenty of the Vikings struggles can be attributed to questionable play from the team’s young secondary.
That makes it an outstanding matchup for Watson. Look for him to press Minnesota’s corners into making plays down the field early and often. He may need to scramble outside of the pocket to make those big plays happen, but that happens to be one of Watson’s greatest attributes.
Houston fans can expect to experience some happiness this week. Watson is going to run around and make his relatively mediocre group of wide receivers look good against Minnesota’s overmatched secondary. His big indivdual game isn’t going to suddenly turn the Texans’ season around, but it will be a step in the right direction for Bill O’Brien and his regime.