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Watson plays through injury, Texans beat reeling Jags 20-7

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Deshaun Watson made the 800-mile trip to Jacksonville on a private bus.

He slept, studied film, played games and watched television - all because the Houston Texans were concerned about how air pressure from flying would affect his bruised lung and injured ribs.

Given how little Watson got hit Sunday, he might join teammates for the flight back.

Watson threw a touchdown pass, Lamar Miller ran for 100 yards and a score and the Texans beat the reeling Jaguars 20-7 on Sunday for their fourth consecutive victory.

''Whatever it took to get me down here with my teammates and be able to play and help this team win,'' Watson said. ''This is bigger than me. I'm a competitor. I love this team so much. And what I've been through previously and what we've been through leading up to this point, I want to be out there on the field with them and try to win.''

Watson said he's feeling a lot more comfortable and ''starting to be able to do what I do again.''

The Texans (4-3) didn't need him to do much against the mistake-prone Jaguars (3-4), who turned the ball over three times, benched quarterback Blake Bortles, lost their third straight game and imploded in the locker room afterward.

Watson completed 12 of 24 passes for 139 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the third quarter that put Houston up 20-0. He was sacked once - an improvement for one of the NFL's worst offensive lines - and knocked down just a few more times.

It was just what he needed before a short turnaround that includes a home game against Miami on Thursday night

''I give credit to Deshaun because I think he is a very tough individual,'' coach Bill O'Brien said. ''He has sacrificed a lot over the last couple of weeks to put himself in a position to play. Great teammate. Loves to win. Loves to play. And I think the world of the guy.''

The Jaguars couldn't be as complimentary of Bortles, who was benched in the third quarter after his second fumble. Bortles coughed up the ball on Jacksonville's third play of each half, leading to 10 points for the Texans.

Cody Kessler replaced Bortles and threw a touchdown pass, but he also fumbled and threw an interception off T.J. Yeldon's hands.

Coach Doug Marrone said afterward that the quarterback job is up for grabs.

''We've got to do something, but the first thing we've got to do is stop turning the damn ball over. Period,'' Marrone said.

The Jaguars signed Bortles to a three-year, $54 million contract in February with the belief he was good enough to lead the defensive-minded team back to the playoffs. Bortles has been downright awful in three straight losses, with two touchdown passes and eight turnovers.

''It's obviously not what you want to hear as a quarterback,'' Bortles said. ''Those aren't the words you want the head coach to say to you.''

Marrone also benched Bortles in the 2017 preseason, only to give him the starting job back nine days later.

Bortles lost the ball both times trying to scramble. The first one led to a field goal, and Watson connected with Hopkins following the second one . That was one of several one-on-one matchups Hopkins won against talkative cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Hopkins' best was a one-handed catch for 31 yards along the sideline in the first quarter.

''That catch at the beginning of the game really got us going,'' O'Brien said. ''He made some big plays for us. That's Hop.''

SHUT OUT AGAIN

The Jaguars failed to score in the first half for the third straight week, the first time they've done that in franchise history. They have been outscored 57-0 in the opening two quarters in losses to Kansas City, Dallas and Houston.

HAL STARTS

Texans safety Andre Hal, who returned to practice this week following treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, was in the starting lineup. Hal was diagnosed with the disease in May and immediately began treatment. He received the news of his remission last month. The game was emotional because his father, Andre Hal Sr., died Tuesday, a few days suffering a heart attack.

''This was good for my dad,'' Hal said. ''He wanted me back on the field and I know he was watching me there today. ... People didn't really think I'd come back, but I knew I would come back. It was cool seeing everyone kind of show some love to me.''

KEY INJURIES

Texans: WR Keke Coutee left in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and was ruled out at halftime.

Jaguars: CB Tyler Patmon was ruled out in the second quarter because of a strained neck, forcing rookie safety Ronnie Harrison into a bigger role. ... Backup linebacker Donald Payne injured in his left knee on a special teams play. ... DE Calais Campbell left the game in the fourth with a stinger.

UP NEXT

Texans: Return home to host Miami on Thursday night.

Jaguars: Face Philadelphia in a ''home game'' at Wembley Stadium in London.

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Key Players
L. Miller 26 RB
100 RuYds, RuTD, ReYd, REC
16
FPTS
T. Yeldon 24 RB
28 RuYds, 40 ReYds, ReTD, 5 RECs
12
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:18
J.Lambo extra point is GOOD Center-M.Overton Holder-L.Cooke.
plays
yds
pos
20
7
Touchdown 2:24
C.Kessler right end to HOU 5 for 1 yard. C.Kessler pass short right to T.Yeldon for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on JAC-6-C.Kessler Illegal Forward Pass 5 yards enforced at HOU 6. Jacksonville challenged the illegal forward pass ruling and the play was REVERSED. C.Kessler pass short right to T.Yeldon for 6 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
47
yds
4:37
pos
20
6
Point After TD 10:50
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
plays
yds
pos
20
0
Touchdown 10:50
D.Watson pass short right to D.Hopkins for 10 yards TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
12
yds
00:37
pos
19
0
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:31
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
plays
yds
pos
13
0
Touchdown 5:31
L.Miller up the middle for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
60
yds
4:55
pos
12
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:24
K.Fairbairn 48 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
9
plays
51
yds
4:46
pos
6
0
Field Goal 10:27
K.Fairbairn 44 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
7
plays
10
yds
3:15
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 29:35 30:25
1st Downs 15 15
Rushing 7 4
Passing 7 11
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 8-16 9-19
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 272 259
Total Plays 62 68
Avg Gain 4.4 3.8
Net Yards Rushing 141 70
Rush Attempts 37 22
Avg Rush Yards 3.8 3.2
Net Yards Passing 131 189
Comp. - Att. 12-24 27-42
Yards Per Pass 5.5 4.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-8 4-28
Penalties - Yards 6-35 2-15
Touchdowns 2 1
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 3-2
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 6-39.3 6-39.0
Return Yards 0 26
Punts - Returns 2-0 1-21
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-5
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 1/1
Extra Points 2/2 1/1
Field Goals 2/2 0/0
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 1-1 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Texans 4-3 677020
Jaguars 3-4 00707
131 PASS YDS 189
141 RUSH YDS 70
272 TOTAL YDS 259
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 139 1 0 81.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.1% 1937 10 7 89.9
D. Watson 12/24 139 1 0 12
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Miller 26 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 100 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
95 371 1
L. Miller 22 100 1 16 16
A. Blue 28 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
64 216 1
A. Blue 8 28 0 7 2
D. Watson 4 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 216 1
D. Watson 7 13 0 4 12
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
W. Fuller 15 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 68 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 379 3
W. Fuller 8 6 68 0 18 6
D. Hopkins 10 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 3 50 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 707 4
D. Hopkins 8 3 50 1 31 11
T. Ervin 21 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 31 0
T. Ervin 1 1 19 0 19 1
K. Coutee 16 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 196 1
K. Coutee 3 1 3 0 3 0
J. Thomas 83 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 91 0
J. Thomas 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Miller 26 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 -1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 78 1
L. Miller 3 1 -1 0 -1 16
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
Z. Cunningham 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-17 0 0.0
Z. Cunningham 8-2 0.0 0 1
J. Clowney 90 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-2 0 4.0
J. Clowney 7-0 2.0 0 0
J. Joseph 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-6 1 0.0
J. Joseph 7-0 0.0 0 0
B. McKinney 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-18 0 1.0
B. McKinney 6-1 0.0 0 0
J. Reid 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-4 1 0.0
J. Reid 5-0 0.0 0 0
W. Mercilus 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-9 0 1.0
W. Mercilus 4-0 1.0 0 2
T. Mathieu 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-7 2 1.0
T. Mathieu 4-1 1.0 1 0
K. Jackson 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-8 2 0.0
K. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0 0
A. Blackson 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 1.0
A. Blackson 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Watt 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-6 0 7.0
J. Watt 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Ejiofor 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
D. Ejiofor 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Scarlett 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
B. Scarlett 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Covington 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
C. Covington 0-1 0.0 0 0
A. Moore 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Moore 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Fairbairn 7 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
17/20 14/14
K. Fairbairn 2/2 48 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Daniel 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 46.2 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 43.6 17
T. Daniel 6 46.2 4 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Ervin 21 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 8.1 27 0
T. Ervin 2 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Kessler 6 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 156 1 1 79.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 156 1 1 79.3
C. Kessler 21/30 156 1 1 10
B. Bortles 5 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 61 0 0 64.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.6% 1735 9 8 80.3
B. Bortles 6/12 61 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
B. Bortles 5 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 218 1
B. Bortles 6 30 0 10 1
T. Yeldon 24 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 327 1
T. Yeldon 12 28 0 6 12
C. Kessler 6 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
C. Kessler 2 8 0 6 10
D. Williams 33 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
D. Williams 1 2 0 2 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Moncrief 10 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 7 76 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 325 2
D. Moncrief 10 7 76 0 24 7
T. Yeldon 24 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 40 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 263 4
T. Yeldon 7 5 40 1 15 12
D. Chark 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 31 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 118 0
D. Chark 7 4 31 0 15 3
K. Cole 84 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 2 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 357 1
K. Cole 7 2 21 0 13 2
D. Grinnage 86 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 24 0
D. Grinnage 2 2 17 0 11 1
D. Westbrook 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 404 2
D. Westbrook 4 4 17 0 6 1
R. Greene 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 8 0
R. Greene 1 1 8 0 8 0
T. Bohanon 40 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 10 0
T. Bohanon 1 1 5 0 5 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Smith 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-14 0 1.0
T. Smith 7-1 0.0 0 0
M. Jack 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-14 1 0.0
M. Jack 6-1 0.0 0 0
A. Bouye 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-5 1 0.0
A. Bouye 5-1 0.0 0 0
C. Campbell 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-9 0 4.0
C. Campbell 5-4 0.0 0 0
R. Harrison 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-7 0 0.0
R. Harrison 4-2 0.0 0 0
T. Gipson 39 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-3 1 0.0
T. Gipson 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Jackson 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-3 0 1.0
M. Jackson 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Yeldon 24 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Yeldon 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Jones 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
A. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Ramsey 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-2 0 0.0
J. Ramsey 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Westbrook 12 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Westbrook 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Chark 17 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Chark 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Fowler 56 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
D. Fowler 1-0 1.0 0 0
B. Church 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-5 0 1.0
B. Church 0-2 0.0 0 0
T. Patmon 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 0.0
T. Patmon 0-1 0.0 0 0
L. Jacobs 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
L. Jacobs 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Lambo 4 K
1
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
8/8 12/12
J. Lambo 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Cooke 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 45.7 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
35 41.7 17
L. Cooke 6 45.7 2 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Chark 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 5 0
D. Chark 1 5.0 5 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Westbrook 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 13.5 21 0
D. Westbrook 1 21.0 21 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:37 JAC 36 3:15 7 10 FG
7:25 HOU 20 4:46 9 51 FG
1:06 HOU 18 2:55 6 29 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:26 HOU 40 4:55 9 60 TD
1:11 HOU 20 1:11 3 12 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 2:10 6 19 Punt
11:27 JAC 12 0:37 2 12 TD
7:55 HOU 7 1:00 3 0 Punt
2:18 HOU 25 3:12 6 27 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:33 HOU 39 1:14 3 4 Punt
5:30 HOU 26 3:15 8 30 Punt
1:05 JAC 36 1:05 2 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 JAC 25 1:23 3 9 Fumble
10:22 JAC 25 2:57 6 38 Punt
2:39 JAC 25 1:33 3 3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:11 JAC 10 2:45 4 24 Punt
5:31 JAC 5 4:20 11 40 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:50 JAC 1 1:23 3 7 Fumble
10:50 JAC 25 2:55 6 13 Punt
6:55 HOU 47 4:37 10 47 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:06 JAC 16 1:33 3 -2 Punt
11:19 JAC 20 5:49 12 54 INT
2:15 JAC 15 1:10 7 21 Downs