Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans runs for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on September 14, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
(Sept. 14, 2017 - Source: John Grieshop/Getty Images North America)
QB Deshaun Watson scores big in his first NFL start as the Houston Texans (1-1) win at the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) 13-9.
The rookie, who celebrated his 22nd birthday yesterday, ran for a 49-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left in the first half to give the Texans a 10-3 lead. He finished the game with 5 runs for 67 yards and completed 15-of-24 passes for 125 yards and a passer rating of 75.9.
Third-year pro LB Benardrick McKinney recorded his first two sacks of the season, as Houston’s defense brought down QB Andy Dalton three times.
For the first time in their history, Cincinnati failed to score a touchdown in their first two games of the season. In fact, it took the Bengals five quarters and 76 seconds for their first points in 2017.
QB Andy Dalton, who threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in the season opener, did not turn the ball over and finished with 20-of-35 passes for 224 yards and a QB rating of 76.4.
Houston’s CB Jonathan Joseph (shoulder) and CB Kevin Johnson (knee) left the game and did not return. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.
The Houston Texans host the New England Patriots in week 3.
The Cincinnati Bengals have another home game in week 3, as the Green Bay Packers are coming to Paul Brown Stadium.