• Brian L. Barefield

I Told You So: Houston Defeats the Dolphins to Extend Winning Streak to Five-Games

Have you ever heard that saying that goes, “You should always have some form of humility?” Well, that doesn’t apply to me. When I am right I love to scream it to the mountain top that I am, but I am not afraid to admit when I am wrong. Well, in this case I remember the day and the time I predicted the future like Nostradamus. It was Monday, September 24, 2018. I was doing my daily sports radio show (Sportz Talk with Big Sarge M-F 3-5pm on 1140am/92.3fm KYOK) talking about how the Texans had lost their third game in a row by a combined 15 points.

“Looking at this schedule, the Texans could go on a five-game winning streak and totally turn this season around,” I said as I recapped the loss to the NY Giants the day before.

Well, five weeks later the Houston Texans are on a five-game winning streak heading into their last game before their bye week against the Denver Broncos. Houston defeated the Miami Dolphins 42-23 in a nationally televised game to gain sole control of the AFC South at 5-3. Head coach Bill O’ Brien was happy with his team’s performance, but also did not want the team to lose focus.

“Yeah, I feel good for the team, I really do. These guys work hard, but it’s only – I know it’s five in a row, it’s really good, like I’m not trying to downplay that, but it’s only eight games in. You guys know, it’s a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league,” said O’ Brien after the game.

One player who could see this winning streak coming was no other than the starting quarterback Deshaun Watson. He is still reminded of his comments after a loss to the Tennessee Titans in week two.

“If you are one of those guys or one of the people, one of the fans hitting the panic button, then that’s on you. Don’t hop on the train later on in the season,” Watson said during the press conference after a game he felt the Texans should have won.

On Thursday night, Deshaun showed all the fans in attendance why he is one of the young leaders on this team. Watson finished the game with more touchdowns (5) than he did incompletions (4). His final stat line read: 16/20 239 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Those numbers along with Lamar Miller’s second consecutive 100 yd rushing game (133) and DeAndre Hopkins six catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns helped a defense who has become one the best in the league stymie the Dolphins to 13 second half points.

“I can tell you five in a row is a hell of a lot more fun than 0-3. I can tell you that definitively. I’m happy as hell to have a three-day weekend, I can’t lie to you. To get some time off and to rest and just let the body recoup but then to get back to work one day at a time because that’s how we got to where we are now. It’s just been one day at a time, putting in work and doing our job,” said star DE J.J. Watt, who is currently tied for second place in the NFL in sacks.

One of the sadder notes of the game was injuries to key players. The Texans had a plethora of players go down during the game, but none was bigger than WR Will Fuller V who was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Fuller was an intricate part of Houston’s offense this year with 503 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.

The Texans took a huge step forward in replacing Fuller by trading for four-time pro-bowl WR Demaryius Thomas from the Broncos for a 4th and 7th round pick exchange on Tuesday.

Denver will host Houston this Sunday at home. Kickoff is 3:05 pm.

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