After Sunday’s victory in Jacksonville, Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler was asked what he thought about his 99 passing yard performance.
His answer was exactly what you would expect it would be.
“As long as there is a win on the end of that, sign me up every single week."
Osweiler isn’t about to apologize for a stat line that for some leaves a lot to be desired. He completed 14 of 27 passes for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns.
For the quarterback and his head coach, the only numbers that matter are 0 and 1. No turnovers and victory number 1 on the road.
“We have to play the game the way we see it playing out. We don’t worry about stats,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think everyone needs to understand that in the National Football League it’s all about winning. It’s about winning. Whatever it takes to win that is what we try to do.”
Through the first 8 games, Osweiler has struggled in his decision making, throwing 9 interceptions before the bye week. While his game against Jacksonville was far from perfect, he didn’t make the critical mistakes, especially in the red zone.
He managed the offense and with the help of an emerging running game, Osweiler is starting to find some more confidence.
‘I think the most important thing in November and December, and Coach O'Brien keeps preaching it, is that you need to be able to protect the football. We were able to do that and that was huge,” Osweiler said. “Number two is that you need to be able to run the ball. We did that. We played great defense, made plays on special teams, which kept us in great field position all game long. So, this was a great team win today."
Of the 14 completions, the final one to DeAndre Hopkins that sealed the game was the biggest. A precise route and pass is what this team needs to have more of each week.
“It was a huge play for the football team,” Osweiler said. “I think all the credit needs to go the offensive line for giving me time. 'Hop' (Hopkins) ran a tremendous route and I was only able to see the last half of it because I was holding the safety.”
Hopkins, who led the team with 48 receiving yards, was happy to end the game that way.
“That’s pretty much how we drew it up,” Hopkins said. “We knew the way they were playing me the whole game that the play would be there.”
Osweiler and the Texans face the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on November 21.