Whirlwind of Emotions in Houston: Deshaun Watson Tears ACL

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, November 2, 2017 9:20 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 9:20 PM UTC

Devastating news for the Houston Texans on Thursday as young star quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice. What’s the immediate fallout?

The Houston Astros won the franchise’s first-ever World Series title on Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Dodgers to conclude perhaps the best Fall Classic ever. Fans in Houston are likely still celebrating, and there’s a parade set in the city for Friday.

However, the mood in Houston -- a football town first and foremost -- is considerably more somber now amid news that young Texans superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL on a non-contact injury in practice on Thursday. What a shame!

Watson, the No. 12 pick in this year’s draft (Texans traded up to get him), had been off to the greatest start for a rookie QB ever. In last week’s loss to Seattle, he became the first player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards (402), four touchdown passes (four) and 50 rushing yards (67) in a single game. Watson, who is tied for the league lead with 19 touchdown passes, also passed Kurt Warner (18) for the most passing touchdowns by a player in his first seven career games. In addition, Watson is the first rookie ever to throw at least three TD passes in four consecutive games. He was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Month, the first time that a rookie quarterback had ever been given that honor (naturally he also won AFC Rookie of the Month too). 

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This seriously just made me sad man!! Get well and stronger asap @deshaunwatson!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/Zhy9o2QCRU

— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 2, 2017

Houston was a 13-point home favorite on Sunday against the Colts. That line has dropped to 7. Watson had a chance to become the fifth different quarterback in history with at least three TD passes and a 100+ passer rating in five consecutive games. Alas, his season is over as is likely any chance Houston (3-4) had of reaching the playoffs -- it led the NFL in scoring at 30.7 points per game thanks to Watson. By comparison, the team averaged 17.4 ppg in 2016. Watson's 19 TD passes are four more than Houston's quarterbacks -- Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage -- combined for all of last season.

The Texans had been +200 to win the AFC South for a third straight season, +2000 for the AFC title and +2800 to win the Super Bowl at BetOnline. As of this writing, there are no updated AFC South odds, while the Texans are +4000 to win the AFC and +7500 to win the franchise's first Super Bowl. No shock those numbers all changed dramatically with Savage back as the starting quarterback. He started the first game of the season but was benched halfway through the game in favor of Watson.

Savage was the only other QB on the roster, so Houston will have to scramble for a backup. Colin Kaepernick anyone? Apparently not, as it will be Matt McGloin (really!?). Houston's remaining schedule after Sunday is: at Rams, vs. Cardinals, at Ravens, at Titans, vs. 49ers, at Jaguars, vs. Steelers and at Colts. Now the Texans win maybe three of those?

It was a truly sad day in the AFC South Division as the Colts also ruled out their star quarterback, Andrew Luck, for the season. He hasn't played in 2017 off shoulder surgery. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans are the big winners from Thursday as one of those two surely will win the AFC South. So is Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. Why? He's the NFL's leading rusher and becomes a near shoo-in to win NFL Offfensive Rookie of the Year. Watson had been a huge betting favorite for that. 

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