In their first game played since the firing of Bill O'Brien, the Houston Texans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-14 to grab their first win of the season. It'll be intriguing to see how the offense operates without O'Brien involved as there has already been one huge change made.
The Texans used play-action much more in Week 5 than they had previously this season and it seemed to be a success. The Texans put up a season-high 30 points and were led by a season-best performance from quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson passed for a season-high 359 yards and tossed 3 touchdowns as well. He added in 25 rushing yards and posted an overall 109.1 passer rating. He was airing the ball out down the field more often than he had been through the first four weeks and it provided a much-needed spark to the offense.
The Texans ranked near the bottom of the NFL in play-action plays and it seems the team knew they needed to change that part of their offense. With a revamped set of offensive playmakers this season, being able to create schemes and plays to get them involved will only improve the offense moving forward.
The Texans head to Nashville next week to take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 6 NFL action where they'll look to keep heading in the right direction with another win. It'll be interesting to see how the offensive changes seen in this past game carry over to the next.
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