• Brian L. Barefield

Rewarded For Their Performance: Two Texans offensive players selected to the 2021 Pro Bowl

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On Monday, Houston Texans T Laremy Tunsil and QB Deshaun Watson were named to the NFL 2021 Pro Bowl. This marks the 17th-consecutive season (2004-20) that the Texans have had at least one player selected to the Pro Bowl.

Watson, who made his third-consecutive Pro Bowl (2018-20), is having a phenomenal season with stats that consist of 330-for-472 passing (69.9 percent) for 4,134 yards, 27 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 110.6 passer rating this season. He currently leads the NFL in passing yards per attempt (8.76) while also ranking second in both passing yards (4,134) and passer rating (110.6).

The former first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft is tied for second in completions of 20-or-more yards (56) and tied for ninth with 27 passing touchdowns. In Weeks 4-9, Watson became the fifth quarterback in NFL history and the first since Peyton Manning in 2013 to record at least 275 passing yards and a 105.0 passer rating in five consecutive games. He also became the only quarterback in each of the past two seasons, and the eighth in NFL history to throw for over 250 passing yards and one passing touchdown in each of the first eight games of a season.

Tunsil, who was acquired via trade and signed a very lucrative multi-year deal in the offseason to remain a Texan, was selected to his second-consecutive Pro Bowl (2019-20). He started 13 games at left tackle this season, becoming only the second offensive lineman to earn consecutive Pro Bowl selections in franchise history. Tunsil has been an intricate part in helping the Texans offense average the fourth-highest yards per play (6.11) and third-most passing yards per game (275.4) in the NFL. The fifth-year tackle has only allowed 2.0 sacks on the season and tied a single-season career low of seven penalties.

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