In the first Thanksgiving game of his career, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw four touchdown passes in a 41-25 blowout of the Detroit Lions.
Houston wide receiver Will Fuller continued to be Watson’s favorite target, catching six passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Fuller is one of only eight wide receivers to register more than 170 receiving yards on Thanksgiving.
Watson became the only quarterback in franchise history to throw 24 touchdown passes in the first 11 games of the season.
The Texans have found a way to win under their interim head coach Romeo Crennel, who took over after former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien was fired from both positions following a 0-4 start.
Watson has shown over this period that he is still one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL. He threw only eight incomplete passes and averaged over 12 yards per passing attempt against the Lions mediocre defensive backfield.
Detroit could be looking for a new head coach soon as well. The team has looked sloppy and unfocused over the last few weeks, with generally very few signs of improvement being shown under coach Matt Patricia since he took over as head coach in 2018.
The Lions were their own worst enemy against the Texans, turning the ball over three times.