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Watson runs for TD, leads Texans over Bengals 13-9 in debut

CINCINNATI (AP) Deshaun Watson showed up in a black tuxedo for his first NFL start. From his snazzy bowtie to his game-turning scramble, he did it all his style.

The rookie ran 49 yards for a touchdown and led the Houston Texans' depleted offense to a late clinching field goal in a 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

''I was just trying to make a play, I found a hole and broke away,'' he said.

Yes, it was that easy.

Watson showed up in a black tuxedo - it was his 22nd birthday, no less - and showed the flash that helped him lead Clemson to a national title last season. He avoided the rush and ran 49 yards for a 10-3 lead late in the first half, dashing past befuddled defenders.

Some birthday.

''The first start on my birthday was pretty emotional,'' said Watson, wearing a Texans T-shirt to his postgame media availability.

The Texans (1-1) got the most out of their depleted offense, and then let their defense do the rest. The Bengals (0-2) have failed to score a touchdown in their two games to open a season for the first time in their 50 seasons.

The Bengals are the first team since the 1939 Eagles to open a season with two home games and fail to get in the end zone, according to information from the Elias Sports Bureau shared by ESPN.

''I am shocked,'' coach Marvin Lewis said.

Watson led a 13-play drive that set up Ka'imi Fairbairn's 42-yard field goal with 1:56 left. The Bengals got the ball, but turned it over near midfield on a fourth-down completion. After a punt, they ran one more play with 2 seconds left that didn't get far.

Cincinnati lost to the Ravens 20-0 at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, the first time in their history that they opened the season blanked at home. Andy Dalton threw four interceptions and lost a fumble.

The Bengals managed only three field goals by Randy Bullock on Thursday. Dalton fell to 1-6 career against the Texans, including a pair of playoff losses. He was 20 of 35 for 224 yards with three sacks.

''Very surprised,'' receiver A.J. Green said. ''We practice well, but when it comes to the game, we're out of character. I don't know what we're doing out there.''

Watson directed an offense missing three tight ends because of concussions, along with receiver Will Fuller V and guard Jeff Allen. The Texans kept it simple, and Watson avoided the game-turning mistake despite heavy pressure from the Bengals.

Watson was 15 of 24 for 125 yards with three sacks and no interceptions. He ran five times for 67 yards. Watson became the first rookie quarterback to win his first start on the road in a prime-time game since the Eagles' Joe Webb in 2010, according to Elias.

The Bengals became the first team that opened the season with five scoreless quarters since the 2009 Rams, who went 1-15.

They thought they finally had a touchdown when Tyler Eifert caught a pass from Dalton in the end zone in the third quarter - the videoboard broke into a touchdown song - but the tight end had stepped out of bounds before making the catch, nullifying it. Cincinnati settled for its third field goal.

STATS

Texans CB Kareem Jackson got his first career sack. ... Watson's TD came on the longest run by a Texan since Arian Foster had a 51-yard run against the Jaguars in 2014. ... The Bengals went 76 minutes, 16 seconds before getting Bullock's field goal for their first points of the season.

OUCH!

On the final play with multiple laterals, Dalton got the ball back and threw it to center Russell Bodine, who was leveled by J.J. Watt to end the game.

''Zig-zag, zig-zag, zig-zag, tired, tired, tired,'' Watt said, describing the multi-lateral play. ''Thank you for throwing it to the guy closest to me - body slam.''

WATT'S RETURN: That wasn't Watt's only emphatic play as he got back in form. He returned from a back injury that wiped out most of his 2016 season and managed only one tackle and one quarterback hit during an opening 29-7 loss to the Jaguars. On Thursday, he had six tackles, knocked down one pass and hit Dalton once.

TRADING JERSEYS

Watson and Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon exchanged jerseys on the field after the game.

INJURIES

The Texans lost two cornerbacks. Johnathan Joseph hurt his right shoulder while making a tackle in the first half and didn't return. Kevin Johnson hurt his left knee in the third quarter and was out. The Texans already were missing LB Brian Cushing. He's in the NFL's concussion protocol and has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Bengals: CB Adam ''Pacman'' Jones returned from his one-game NFL suspension for an offseason conviction and hurt his right elbow in the fourth quarter, but returned and finished the game.

UP NEXT

The Texans play at New England. They're 1-8 against the Patriots, including a 34-16 playoff loss last season.

The Bengals play at Green Bay for the first time since 2009. They've won three straight against the Packers, two of them at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Key Players
D. Watson 4 QB
125 YDs, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
A. Dalton 14 QB
224 YDs, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:56
K.Fairbairn 42 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
13
plays
66
yds
6:24
pos
13
6
Field Goal 6:26
R.Bullock 30 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
17
plays
63
yds
8:34
pos
13
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:02
R.Bullock 29 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
6
plays
64
yds
0:48
pos
10
6
Point After TD 0:50
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
plays
yds
pos
10
3
Touchdown 0:50
D.Watson scrambles up the middle for 49 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
94
yds
3:40
pos
9
3
Field Goal 13:44
R.Bullock 39 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
5
plays
43
yds
2:44
pos
3
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:28
K.Fairbairn 26 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
6
plays
12
yds
3:04
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 32:15 27:45
1st Downs 14 12
Rushing 6 4
Passing 6 8
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 4-15 4-15
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 266 295
Total Plays 62 62
Avg Gain 4.3 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 168 82
Rush Attempts 35 24
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 3.4
Net Yards Passing 98 213
Comp. - Att. 15-24 20-35
Yards Per Pass 4.1 6.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-27 3-11
Penalties - Yards 9-61 7-45
Touchdowns 1 0
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 9-48.9 7-47.7
Return Yards 32 174
Punts - Returns 3-15 6-98
Kickoffs - Returns 1-17 2-76
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/3 3/3
Extra Points 1/1 0/0
Field Goals 2/2 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 0-1 -0% 0-3 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Texans 1-1 370313
Bengals 0-2 06309
98 PASS YDS 213
168 RUSH YDS 82
266 TOTAL YDS 295
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 125 0 0 75.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 125 0 0 75.9
D. Watson 15/24 125 0 0 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 67 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 67 1
D. Watson 5 67 1 49 17
L. Miller 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 61 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 61 0
L. Miller 18 61 0 19 8
D. Foreman 27 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 40 0
D. Foreman 12 40 0 9 4
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Hopkins 10 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 7 73 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 73 0
D. Hopkins 13 7 73 0 25 7
L. Miller 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 26 0
L. Miller 3 3 26 0 12 8
T. Ervin 34 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 16 0
T. Ervin 5 3 16 0 7 1
B. Miller 13 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 10 0
B. Miller 3 2 10 0 8 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Watt 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Watt 5-1 0.0 0 0
K. Jackson 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
K. Jackson 5-2 1.0 0 1
Z. Cunningham 41 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
Z. Cunningham 4-2 0.0 0 0
B. McKinney 55 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 2.0
B. McKinney 4-2 2.0 0 0
E. Pleasant 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
E. Pleasant 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Clowney 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Clowney 3-1 0.0 0 0
K. Johnson 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
K. Johnson 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Joseph 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Joseph 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Lechler 9 P
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Lechler 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Drummond 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
K. Drummond 1-2 0.0 0 0
M. Gilchrist 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Gilchrist 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Covington 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
C. Covington 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Reader 98 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
D. Reader 1-5 0.0 0 0
A. Hal 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Hal 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Peters 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Peters 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Moore 43 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
C. Moore 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Cole 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
D. Cole 1-4 0.0 0 0
J. Weeks 46 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Weeks 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Heath 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Fairbairn 7 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
2/2 1/1
K. Fairbairn 2/2 42 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Lechler 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 48.9 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
9 48.9 2
S. Lechler 9 48.9 2 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Ervin 34 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
T. Ervin 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Ervin 34 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 5.0 7 0
T. Ervin 3 5.0 7 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 224 0 0 76.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 224 0 0 76.4
A. Dalton 20/35 224 0 0 8
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Mixon 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 36 0
J. Mixon 9 36 0 7 3
J. Hill 32 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 17 0
J. Hill 6 17 0 6 1
J. Ross 15 WR
-1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
J. Ross 1 12 0 12 -1
G. Bernard 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 10 0
G. Bernard 5 10 0 6 2
A. Dalton 14 QB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
A. Dalton 2 5 0 3 8
A. Erickson 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
A. Erickson 1 2 0 2 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Green 18 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 67 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 67 0
A. Green 8 5 67 0 50 6
A. Erickson 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 62 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 62 0
A. Erickson 6 4 62 0 37 6
T. Eifert 85 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 42 0
T. Eifert 4 3 42 0 22 4
B. LaFell 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 30 0
B. LaFell 7 4 30 0 12 3
G. Bernard 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 16 0
G. Bernard 4 2 16 0 8 2
J. Mixon 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 5 0
J. Mixon 1 1 5 0 5 3
J. Hill 32 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 2 0
J. Hill 1 1 2 0 2 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
V. Rey 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
V. Rey 6-5 0.0 0 0
A. Jones 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
A. Jones 5-0 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
S. Williams 4-2 0.0 0 0
G. Iloka 43 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
G. Iloka 4-2 0.0 0 0
C. Smith 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 1.0
C. Smith 3-3 1.0 0 0
D. Dennard 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Dennard 3-0 0.0 0 0
N. Vigil 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
N. Vigil 3-2 0.0 0 0
C. Dunlap 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
C. Dunlap 2-2 0.0 0 0
G. Atkins 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 2.0
G. Atkins 2-3 2.0 0 0
D. Kirkpatrick 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Kirkpatrick 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Minter 51 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Minter 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Shaw 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Shaw 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Smith 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Jackson 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
W. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Sims 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
P. Sims 1-2 0.0 0 0
A. Dalton 14 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Dalton 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Willis 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
J. Willis 1-4 0.0 0 0
C. Harris 46 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Harris 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Glasgow 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
R. Glasgow 0-2 0.0 0 0
R. Hewitt 89 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Hewitt 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Bullock 4 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
3/3 0/0
R. Bullock 3/3 39 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Huber 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 47.7 6
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 47.7 6
K. Huber 7 47.7 6 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 38.0 41 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 38.0 41 0
A. Erickson 2 38.0 41 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 14.3 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 14.3 26 0
A. Erickson 4 14.3 26 0
A. Jones 24 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 20.5 33 0
A. Jones 2 20.5 33 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 1:01 3 4 Punt
12:00 HOU 3 1:53 3 7 Punt
8:15 HOU 15 3:02 5 8 Punt
4:32 CIN 20 3:04 6 12 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:44 HOU 25 3:24 6 13 Punt
7:17 HOU 20 2:01 3 9 Punt
4:30 HOU 6 3:40 9 94 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:26 HOU 25 3:24 7 24 Punt
0:32 HOU 16 1:52 3 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:15 HOU 8 1:22 3 0 Punt
8:20 HOU 10 6:24 13 66 FG
1:08 CIN 44 1:06 3 4 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:59 CIN 46 1:59 4 -7 Punt
10:07 CIN 45 1:52 3 9 Punt
5:13 HOU 39 0:41 1 7 Fumble
1:28 CIN 36 2:44 5 43 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:20 CIN 14 3:03 6 28 Punt
5:16 CIN 20 0:46 3 7 Punt
0:50 CIN 25 0:48 6 64 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CIN 25 8:34 17 63 FG
3:02 CIN 11 2:30 6 28 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:40 CIN 25 2:25 5 15 Punt
9:53 CIN 47 1:33 3 2 Punt
1:56 CIN 31 0:48 5 13 Downs
0:02 CIN 20 0:02 1 8 Game