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Texans Humble Mayfield

Watt, defense leave rookie QB less than dangerous

December 02, 2018 - 5:46 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Baker Mayfield was intercepted three times by the Texans defense in Sunday’s 29-13 win over the Browns that left the rookie less than dangerous.

“He probably wasn’t feeling too dangerous in the first half, but he was feeling a little more dangerous in the second half,” Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said following the Texans’ ninth straight victory. 

Watt’s word choice was more than likely aimed at Mayfield’s comments after the Browns victor over the Bengals last month in which the rookie said “I just woke up feeling real dangerous,” quoting a Top Gun scene.

Mayfield came into Sunday’s game coming off back-to-back wins in which he threw for seven touchdowns and no turnovers.  The stat line was vastly different for the first year quarterback against the Texans. 

“Baker’s a great player.  He’s going to be a really excellent player.  You can see why he’s the No. 1 draft pick.  We have a lot of respect for him and in his game, but I think it’s hard to play against our defense as a rookie quarterback.  I don’t think it’s easy when you don’t have a lot of experience and you’re going against the defense that’s got a very strong front and does a good job in the back end disguising things.  I thought our defense did a great job.  Our players did an excellent job and Romeo and the staff did a great job,” Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien said.

Growing pains are to be expected from a rookie, and Mayfield will more than likely be fine.  He played better in the second half, and racked up 397-yards through the air.  Mayfield to his credit is taking the blame for the loss.

“Got one of the best defensive fronts in football, zero sacks, offensive line played great.  Guys were making plays, and it’s on me to take care of the ball, Mayfield said.”  Because if we do that in the first half, we’re definitely in that game.  Zero questions about it, we had the things we wanted, I’ve just got to be able to execute them.  We have to be able to start faster and do that early.”