the officials protecting him from himself.On the Texans’ first offensive drive today against the Jets, Watson made an ou
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:23 pm
Despite last year’s season-ending knee injury , Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to make plays with his legs — and sometimes the only thing stopping him is the officials protecting him from himself.On the Texans’ first offensive drive today against the Jets, Watson made an outstanding 24-yard run. At the end of that drive, on third down, Watson nearly made an even better play with his legs.Unfortunately for Watson , when he dropped back to pass and was grabbed by a Jet, the officials blew the play dead just as he broke free and appeared poised to make a spectacular play. Although Watson was upset, the officials called the play as the NFL instructs them to: When a quarterback has been stopped by one defender and another defender is closing in, the ref is supposed to blow his whistle.The Texans had to settle for a field goal on their first offensive drive , and the Jets answered with a field goal of their own to make it 3-3. On the same day word leaked that the NFL has fired one of its officials for a blown call, the officials in Thursday night’s game are off to a rough start.They botched enforcement of a penalty on the opening kickoff before getting it corrected, perhaps with some help from New York, and they missed an obvious tripping call on Houston.But the most egregious so far came on a Dolphins’ field-goal attempt.Jason Sanders kicked a 42-yard field goal on fourth-and-one from the Houston 24. But officials penalized Texans defensive end Joel Heath for hitting long snapper John Denney in the head and neck area. Replays showed Heath made shoulder-to-shoulder contact and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira agreed it was not a foul.Nonetheless , the penalty gave the Dolphins a first down.They scored on the next play with Kenyan Drake running 12 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead for Miami.Ex-Dolphin Lamar Miller answered with a 2-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter to tie the game. The Texans went 75 yards in nine plays.