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Houston Texans Post Victory Thought: DeAndre Hopkins is a Force to be Reckoned With

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It was yet another close call for the Houston Texans in week two. After a primetime scare against the San Diego Chargers to begin the season, Houston took on their division rival Tennessee Titans on Sunday in effort to go 2-0 on the year.

After a tie to end the fourth quarter, the Texans wound up winning the game in the extra minutes thanks to an impressive touchdown pass and catch by Matt Schaub to his newly-found rising star.

See, overtime didn’t just decide the outcome of the game.

It decided the new title of rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He is no longer just a “sleeper” in fantasy leagues. He’s not just a “player to watch” from here on out. Hopkins is a threat, and defenses better take notice.

The first round pick out of Clemson had himself a heck of a game Sunday, and it ended with the game-winning touchdown catch in overtime. Hopkins made an athletic grab managing to keep both feet barely in bounds — it went to review — in order to cement the victory.

Hopkins ended with seven catches for 117 yards and that all-important touchdown. His counterpart, Andre Johnson, ended with eight catches for 76 yards but was shaken up late in the game, making Hopkins the go-to target in overtime. Regardless, it appears the Texans now have a two-headed monster at wideout.

The 6’1” first-year pro headed into the season as one of the most searched for players in terms of fantasy football sleepers and guys to watch throughout training camp. Rest assured, he is past that point after just two weeks. The Texans now not only have a fierce rushing attack, but another playmaker in the passing game.

With Hopkins now emerging as a rising star, it will be interesting to see how that impacts the production of Johnson and how defenses defend the pair. The Texans are now 2-0 and ready to continue their quest for a Super Bowl, much thanks to Hopkins, who should be on every defense’s radar after this nail-biter.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.