Brandin Cox picked up the soccer ball on the screen pass, followed his block and didn’t stop running.
The Chefs’ 43-yard catch of rookie quarterback Davis Mills capped the Houston Texans’ 30-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, allowing them to sweep the annual season series against one of the South AFC’s rivals. No one was catching up to Cooks, a veteran wide receiver whose dominance over the Jaguars continued with seven receptions for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday on 10 goals.
That was pretty cool, and kind of sealed the deal,” Mills said. This was the dagger. We just picked this genre again and confirmed the win. It was a great feeling.”
And maybe the deal should be struck when it comes to the chefs who make the Pro Bowl.
The Chefs have scores of goals for 234 yards and two touchdowns this season on 17 goals against the Jaguar. For his career, including previous stints with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, the Chefs now have 34 catch points for 701 yards, five touchdowns in six career games, and victories over a Jaguar.
The Chefs are arguably the most valuable player in Texas 3-11, leading them with 945 yards and only needing 55 yards to score his second consecutive season receiving 1,000 yards and sixth of his career.
The chemistry between cooks and mills continues to build.
“I think that’s just his confidence in his readings and the ability to watch movies, that extra time after working out, together they kind of keep building,” the chefs said. “At the end of the day, as I always tell him: Trust his reading, trust what he sees. And today we have come into contact with a few.”
The chefs celebrated his second hit by pretending to drive a race car with a wide receiver Chris Conley, in a gesture of respect to chefs’ favorite race car driver, Lewis Hamilton.
“I mean Branden had a great day, and obviously he’s been very consistent all year,” Mills said. “And that’s why it’s so easy to find him as a target because you know he’s going to be in the right place at the right time.”
The Chefs took advantage of a weakness in the Jaguars’ defense over middle for a 22-yard touchdown to get the Texans on the scoreboard in the first quarter.
The Texans returned to the Chefs to finish off the Jaguar in the fourth quarter. In a season riddled with misfires, the chefs provided a beacon of light as a steady winning presence.
“There have been games where he played good games and was in and then there are games where he didn’t,” said Texas coach David Cooley. “I think that’s a product of our consistency in attack, not so much for him. He was the same guy from start to finish and obviously when he was giving us a lot of plays people started trying to take him out of the game and the other players had to come in and make plays.
“We put him in a position on that last play that we called up on that touchdown. No one was touching the ball but him because we trusted him.”
This is not “the year of Houston” in many ways. And Texas won’t exactly be dominating the headlines on Wednesday night when the final picks are announced. But the fan votes are Davante Adams (Green Bay) and Jamar Chase (Cincinnati) who should, in the eyes of Texans, have a company in the form of chefs.