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NFL Week 16 PFF ReFocused: Houston Texans 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

The Houston Texans kicked off Week 16 with a 23-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Final Score

Houston Texans 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

Houston Texans

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was far from his best in the win against Tampa Bay. He struggled with his accuracy in this game and also took deep dropbacks multiple times, which led to pressures for the Tampa Bay defense.

Watson's struggles impacted wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who finished the day with just five receptions for 23 receiving yards. Hopkins and Watson just weren't on the same page in this game and failed to get going all afternoon.

Interior defender D.J. Reader added another good game to his impressive 2019 campaign. While he had just three tackles, he had success collapsing the pocket, which led to multiple pressures on Jameis Winston.

Linebacker Zach Cunningham made several critical stops this afternoon. He made an impact in all three facets of defense as he led the Texans with six tackles.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quarterback Jameis Winston tried to lead the Buccaneers to a comeback, but ultimately, the team was just unable to overcome his multiple mistakes. Winston threw four interceptions on the day and had several other turnover-worthy plays.

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman turned into Winston's go-to receiver in the absence of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and Perriman did not disappoint. He caught seven passes for 102 yards and he made several impressive sideline receptions.

Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David continued his impressive season with a solid outing against the Texans. David led the Tampa Bay defense in tackles as he was all over the field and made plays both in coverage and against the run.

Although he showed up on the stat sheet with just three tackles, second-year interior defender Vita Vea had an excellent game. Vea got the better of Houston's interior offensive line on multiple run plays and he also made his presence felt in the pass-rush with a couple of pressures.

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