BREAKING NEWS: Watson leads Texans to franchise-record 8th straight win!

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) is pressured by Houston Texans nose tackle Brandon Dunn (92) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
HOUSTON (AP and The Golden Hammer) — Deshaun Watson threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third as the Houston Texans set a franchise record with their eighth straight win, 34-17 over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.

Demaryius Thomas scored his first two touchdowns as a Texan and Lamar Miller ran for 162 yards, including a 97-yard TD.

In the first game since founder and owner Robert “Bob” McNair died on Friday, the Texans (8-3) honored him by wearing decals on the back of their helmets in the shape of a football with white block letters bearing his initials of “RCM.”

With that reminder on their helmets, they became the first team in NFL history to win eight games in a row after opening a season 0-3.

The Texans trailed by 10 early before reeling off 27 straight points. Tennessee (5-6) finally scored again on a 48-yard reception by Corey Davis late in the third quarter, but the second TD by Thomas — this one for 10 yards — made it 34-17 with just more than eight minutes left.

One obnoxious aspect of the game was ESPN’s coverage. The announcers were nothing short of annoying. They obviously have little understanding of the game of football in that they introduced the offensive lineman as “lineman” and the rest of the offense as “skilled players” for both teams. Anyone who thinks that offensive lineman aren’t skilled players has never been anywhere near a football. The reason that Watson had so much time in the pocket was primarily because his left tackle and left guard did such an outstanding job. The line performed spectacularly against the Titans’ attempted blitzes. Miller’s 97-yard touchdown occurred because the center blocked two defenders and the right guard blocked three, thereby creating a hole for Miller to break through to fly down the field.

The game was a great tribute to Bob McNair. The Texans looked like strong contenders for the Super Bowl, which, of course, The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper has said all season.

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