TAMPA, Fla. — The Houston Texans aren’t pleased with being AFC South champions for the fourth time in five years.
- Jameis Winston threw no decrease than three interceptions in a sport for the fifth time this season
- Tampa Bay’s four-sport winning proceed was snapped
- Riverview native Jahleel Addae intercepted one of Winston’s passes in the fourth quarter, essentially sealing the bewitch for the Texans
They feel as if they’re simply getting started and donned T-shirts Saturday declaring: “The South Is Now not Sufficient.”
“That is no longer the leisure aim. That is one aim to obtain us to the place we’re desirous to switch,” quarterback Deshaun Watson said after the Texans held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-20 Saturday to form obvious one other time out to the playoffs.
“For the leisure aim, we received our shot,” Watson added. “We now possess our alternatives, so we positively are desirous to rejoice this and make on this one, then discontinuance up next week and obtain ready for the colossal camouflage.”
The Texans compelled five turnovers and Bradley Robby returned one of the most four interceptions of Jameis Winston 27 yards for an early touchdown — the sixth select-6 the Bucs quarterback has thrown this season.
Jahleel Addae’s interception with 1: 27 remaining, ended any realistic probability the Bucs had of fully overcoming Winston’s mistakes.
“Anytime you bewitch a division on this league it’s crucial,” coach Invoice O’Brien said. “We’ve performed it four out of the final five years. To bewitch the division with one sport left to play says lots about this group. It’s a resilient group. They work challenging, they arrive to work everyday and so that they are attempting to discontinuance what we quiz them to discontinuance.”
The Texans (10-5) won despite no longer getting an especially bright performance from Watson, who achieved 19 of 32 passes for 184 yards and one interception. The Bucs (7-8) sacked him five conditions and held Houston to 1 offensive TD on Carlos Hyde’s 1-yard bustle in the 2nd quarter.
The Texans ended Tampa Bay’s four-sport winning proceed and are AFC South champs for the 2nd straight 365 days. They join the Patriots and Chiefs as the ideal teams with four division titles since 2015.
“It’s a correct accomplishment…. I deem it reveals some level of consistency,” O’Brien said. “Obviously we’ve received a lengthy system to switch, nonetheless it’s a huge accomplishment.”
Per week after becoming the predominant player in NFL historical past to throw for bigger than 450 yards in consecutive games, Winston was 25 of 48 for 335 yards and one touchdown. He tossed an interception on Tampa Bay’s opening pressure for the fifth time in seven games, and almost watched Houston whisk up 14-0 when Justin Reid intercepted him on the Bucs’ next possession.
In its place, the Texans settled for a field aim after a penalty for a blindside block negated what additionally would possess been a 27-yard return for a TD. Hyde’s TD, place of abode up by Peyton Barber’s fumble, save the Texans up 17-3.
“I will’t discontinuance it,” Winston said of his 11th profession sport with out a decrease than three interceptions, presumably the most in the NFL since he entered the league as the No. 1 overall select in the 2015 draft. “I possess a snap-and-sure mentality, nonetheless I simply can’t (throw interceptions).”
A resilient Winston, fiddling with an hurt-depleted group of receivers, rallied the Bucs with a pair of touchdowns in the final two minutes of the outlet half to form it 17-17 on his 8-yard scoring throw to Justin Watson.
“He’s a gunslinger. He’ll throw a select, and on the very next play, he’ll throw a depart,” Reid said of Winston. “It doesn’t ache him. He’s going to throw the ball down the field on the next play.”
The teams traded third-quarter field needs, surroundings the stage for Watson to total his longest throw of the day — 39 yards to DeAndre Carter — to switch the Texans into place of abode for Kai’imi Fairburn to position them forward for correct with a 37-yard field aim midway through the fourth quarter.
“(Winston’s) a huge player and we essentially didn’t take ample thing regarding the interceptions that he threw,” O’Brien said. “We handiest scored I deem 10 aspects on them. So we’ve received to discontinuance a higher job of playing complementary soccer because whenever you let a man appreciate that loiter around he’s a poor player.”
The Bucs out-gained the Texans 435 yards to 229, together with a 106-68 edge on the bottom. Nonetheless, Tampa Bay did no longer dominate time of possession. The Bucs executed with 30 minutes, 28 seconds. Houston had the ball for 29: 32.
Tampa Bay had five sacks, none by NFL sack leader Shaquil Barrett, who remained tied with Hall of Famer Warren Sapp for the Bucs’ single-season epic of 16½. Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul executed with 3, giving him 6½ this season.
Texans: Hyde (ankle) and big receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) were full of life after being listed as questionable on the hurt document. Fuller left in the 2nd quarter with a groin hurt and did no longer return, finishing with two catches for 11 yards.
Buccaneers: To boot to fiddling with out Chris Godwin (hamstring), Winston was with out huge receivers Mike Evans and Scotty Miller, who were positioned on injured reserve earlier in the week.
Texans: Home vs. Tennessee next Sunday.
Buccaneers: Shut season at dwelling in opposition to NFC South rival Atlanta on Sunday.