Houston offense progressing as team enters bye week

Texans return to action on the road in Seattle on Oct. 29


Bill O'Brien was not a fan of how Braxton Miller crossed the goal line for his first touchdown of the season on Sunday, but he was very pleased with the end result. 

The Texans head into their bye week following a dominant 33-17 win over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. The offense, led by the league's No. 2 rushing attack, has been averaging nearly 400 yards per game over the last four weeks. 

"I would just say that it's good to go into the bye with a win," O'Brien said. "I don't think about what's more pleasing. I'm looking forward to the noon meeting with the team so we can get going on what we need to improve upon in all three phases. That's how I look at it. What can we do to get better?"

Houston is 3-3 entering its bye and is part of a three-way tie atop the AFC South standings. 

Rookie Deshaun Watson looks like the real deal at quarterback, and despite losing defensive leaders J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus to season-ending injuries, the defense didn't take a step back in the win against the Browns. 

Will Fuller caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. Despite missing the first three games of the season with an injury, he has eight receptions for five touchdowns and 154 in the last three games. 

"I feel like I'm settling in pretty good coming off the long injury," Fuller said. "It feels great just scoring points and help my team win. That's the biggest thing. I just love winning, so whatever I have to do to help the team win is what I'm going to do."

The reintroduction of Fuller into the offense has also held with the development of Watson, sho eclipsed 1,000 passing yards on the season in the Week 4 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday night. 

Of the eight passes that Fuller has caught from Watson, six of them have gone for 15 or more yards. He's averaging 19.3 yards per catch this season and had averages near or about 30 yards in the last two games. 

"Will's been a guy that's always trying to improve his game and get better each and every week," Watson said. "Not just him, but all the receivers. Everyone on offense, really. Everyone's kind of striving to get better at their part and what they need to get better at for their position to help this football team."

Houston returns to action on the road against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 29. It then returns home in Week 9 for a division game against the Indianapolis Colts at noon on Nov. 5. 

O'Brien walked to his press conference with an Astros hat on, so in addition to improving his offense, the fourth-year Texans coach will be supporting in the playoffs against a team he likes as much as Miller's touchdown flip.

"I mean, that game the other day - (Justin) Verlander on the mound, (José) Altuve racing around the bases with that winning run," he said. "That was a great baseball game. The crowd was into it. Big fan of (Astros Manager) A.J. Hinch, big fan of the Astros and even bigger fan now that they're playing the Yankees."