Record Setting Day For Texans, Falcons Reeling

Texans record setting performance may have the Falcons considering a coaching change

Shaun Bijani
October 06, 2019 - 6:26 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Houston Texans put together a record performance Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium, in route to a 53-32 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. 

The Texans (3-2) scored six-touchdowns, with Deshaun Watson carving up a discombobulated Falcons (1-4) secondary, throwing five scores on the day, including three alone to Will Fuller. 

It was Watson's best overall performance since he threw five-touchdowns week 8 against the Miami Dolphins last season in their 43-23 blowout victory. Sunday's win also marked the first time all season in which Watson had not been sacked in a game. 

Entering play Sunday afternoon, Watson had been sacked 18 times on the season. That's not to say Watson had all the time in the world to throw the ball, while at times he did, Watson ability to move around in the pocket in all directions, saved a number of drives for the Texans throughout the game, including scrambling for a 30-yard gain early in the game. 

The ability to create plays with his legs as well as his arm, frustrated the Falcons all day. That was especially the case in the second half, as the Falcons were feeling pretty good after leading 17-16 going into the break, having just scored in the final seconds, capping an 11 play 82 yard drive with Matt Ryan finding Devante Freeman in the endzone for one of his three TD's on the day. 

Watson, set a new career high in passing yards with 426 through the air, as the he completed 28 of his 33 attempts on the day for a perfect rating of 158.3. 

Will Fuller, on the receiving end for three of Watson's five touchdown passes in the game, also set new career high's for touchdowns in a game (3), catches (14) and receiving yards (217). 

There has been a growing sentiment in Atlanta in recent weeks that head coach Dan Quinn's hot seat couldn't get any hotter and coud be fired this season. The Falcons have struggled with consistency overall but certainly as an offense, after scoring only 10 points in a 24-10 home loss last weekend to the Titans, and there has been growing concern about their secondary, which was exposed again Sunday afternoon at NRG. 

Following the loss, Falcons team captain and starting safety Ricardo Allen didn't think execution was the only thing lacking Sunday. 

"Accountability. Everybody do their job. If we all do our job, you would hope that you'll end up with a W's at the end of the day," Allen said. "So, we've just all got to be accountable for what we do, be accountable for our play and play hard man."

The Falcons are set to visit the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday, in a week 6 matchup that very well could be the biggest game Quinn coaches this season, if he's hoping to keep his job in Atlanta. 

The Cardinals (1-3) won their first game of the season Sunday as Kyler Murray led a game winning 6 play, 62-yard drive that ended with a last second Zane Gonzalez 31-yard field goal to defeat the Bengals. 

The Falcons are set to spend the entire week in Arizona ahead of their week 6 clash with the Cards. Many of the players think it could be a big time bonding experience for the team. 

Matt Ryan is certainly hoping that's the case. 

"I think that's a great way to view it. We're going to be in Arizona for the week as a team and it gives us a really great opportunity to spend some time together and to make sure that our football is right. That's the most important thing is to make sure our ball and our execution is right when we square off with Arizona next week."

While this may not be the last game that Quinn coaches the Falcons, it certainly could be one of the final straws, as Falcons owner Arthur Blank may try to put the pieces back together with someone else at the helm after his team has now dropped 20 of their last 38 games since blowing a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl 51 against the Patriots at NRG Stadium.