Deshaun Watson gets birthday win in his first start

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It was not a thing of beauty, but Deshaun Watson made it a happy birthday with his first career victory in his first career start. Watson, 22, provided the only touchdown, a 49-yard scramble just before halftime, in the Texans’ 13-9 victory over the Bengals.

Watson finished 15-of-24 for 125 yards and 75.9 passer rating. He also rushed for a game-leading 67 yards on five carries.

In what likely will go down as one of the worst games of the season, the teams combined for 16 punts and 16 penalties. They each went 4-for-15 on third down.

The Bengals, shut out last week by the Ravens, became the first team since the 1939 Eagles not to score a touchdown in back-to-back home games to start the season.

Cincinnati ran for only 82 yards, and Andy Dalton again struggled, completing 20 of 35 passes for 224 yards against his hometown team.

17 responses to “Deshaun Watson gets birthday win in his first start

  1. What a dreadful game. The Bengals are just awful, they have no excuse for such a poor showing considering the number of weapons they have on that roster.

  2. Both teams challenging for last place in their divisions. Bengals may need to switch to Mccarron to attempt so save their season from being a total disaster. Texans can’t put up those kind of numbers and expect to win many more games. I wad not impressed from what I saw by either team.

  3. After watching the “analysts” on the four letter network and the NFL Network heap praises on Deshaun Watson, I just feel that I have to point out that he didn’t exactly blow anyone away. Look, I know he’s a rookie, and the Texans did pull off a win, but we shouldn’t sugar coat it. Watson did not play well. He wasn’t awful, but it seemed that he would wait on DeAndre Hopkins every pass and either take a sack or try and take off if he couldn’t get it to him. The offensive line was a pretty big factor in that, being as Chris Clark is their best lineman and is not starting caliber on any team, and the fact that they were down all three tight ends, but I wouldn’t place many bets on Houston, despite their almost perfect defense. A terrible offensive line and a rookie starter who has issues seeing pass coverages is hard enough for a defense to carry, but also consider the fact that the Texans’ kicker is also unproven. It might be a long season in Houston this year.

    As for the Bengals…I know we’re all going to pile on Andy Dalton, but the fact is that offensive line might be as bad as Houston’s right now. And losing Hue Jackson as a playcaller seems to have had a bigger effect than was predicted.

  4. What genius at 345 Park Ave thought this was a good primetime matchup?

    I loved watching Watson play. But this game was unwatchable

  5. A star is born: Deshaun Watson. The kid is gonna be great with a capital ‘G’, I’ve no doubt. As a KC fan, wish my Chiefs had drafted Watson instead… he’s already starting and growing in experience, while our overhype Mahomes is getting a set of splinters the pine which will only continue to grow for the next 2 years at least, maybe more. Congrats to the Texans and DW.

  6. the NFL Network heap praises on Deshaun Watson, I just feel that I have to point out that he didn’t exactly blow anyone away. Look, I know he’s a rookie, and the Texans did pull off a win, but we shouldn’t sugar coat it. Watson did not play well. He wasn’t awful, but it seemed that he would wait on DeAndre Hopkins every pass and either take a sack or try and take off if he couldn’t get it to him. The offensive line was a pretty big factor in that, being as Chris Clark is their best lineman and is not starting caliber on any team, and the fact that they were down all three tight ends
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    This pretty much though sums up why Watson wasnt playing his best football. Sure he looked for Hopkins on almost every down, but when your 2nd best WR is Braxton Miller (Ellington is out, Strong is out and so is Fuller), your TEs are all injured and not one free agent was signed off the street, add to that, the offensive line is missing a great left tackle because the texans are stubburn and dont want to pay him, then of course he will struggle. most rookie QBs would struggle in that environment and it really hurt David Carr’s growth when his line got him destroyed. and to make it worse, Watson was starting his first game on a short week and had limited time to work with the 1st string (since it was mostly Savage working with the ones in practice until this week). i dont give Watson an A on this game because there were 2 dropped interceptions on the defense, BUT a solid C is what i give him because he did what he had to do in the end. if the line holds up and gets better and he gets another weapon that actually gets open besides Hopkins, then i think Watson’s game will improve.

  7. Mike Gill says:
    September 14, 2017 at 11:53 pm
    What genius at 345 Park Ave thought this was a good primetime matchup?

    I loved watching Watson play. But this game was unwatchable.
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    Which makes it like most NFL games now. The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person, Celebrity commissioenr (TM) wouldn’t know good football if it jumped up, bit him in the butt, and screamed, I’M HERE!”

    I watched the first half only because it was on in the restaurant where I was having dinner. Thank goodness it’s my favorite restaurant and the food was (as always) delicious, because the game was awful.

    IIRC the NFL mandates that every team appear on Thursday night once a year, so at least these two teams are done for the year.

    As for Watson–Man, what a talent. His TD run is why you put playmakers in and let them make plays, rather than going with the “safe” “game manager” types. When Watson gets some offensive line help and learns a few things, he’s going to be terrific.

  8. I love Watson as a franchise qb he’s going to be a good one. I went to this game he didn’t look flustered by the moment. He was not pretty but he was composed and he played well enough with what he had tonight and the Bengals played their hearts out on defense. Bengals defense should be proud of that performance they had.

    However wow that offense for the Bengals is worthless. The offensive coordinator for the Bengals Zampese is worthless as a coach and has no business being a coordinator. Bengals coaching staff is so complacent with failures it’s just not excusable anymore. Zampese Marvin and Paul Alexander the o line coach need to be gone and they need a complete reboot on offense. They need to hire a young offensive minded coach to get something out of this team. This roster is one of the most talented in the NFL it is a disgrace that they have managed 9 points in 8 quarters. They just need to hit a reset button offensively on everything. Everything is up for evaluation for next season and that should include Andy Dalton. With the way it has looked I think the season is already lost. There is no fixing how terrible that line is. Bengals dropped the ball letting Whitworth leave he was the heart and soul of that offense. Shame on you Bengals you should be embarrassed of that trash you put on the field tonight offensively.

  9. No offense, but Watson looks terrible. He has the ability to make a play with his legs when things break down. But he can’t see the field at all, nor can he even make the throws. Hell end up being a poor man Terrelle Pryor.

  10. Maybe this is the year that Mike Brown will finally get rid of Marvin Lewis. The Bengals are a bad team and appear to be spiraling downward. Lewis has overstayed his welcome and needs to go.

  11. The test of this young man will be when he’s playing a competent team that will put pressure on him to score.

    Say Cincy scored a TD or two – how does he look then? Commanding the team that needs to produce rather than just hold on and let the opponent play so poorly they lose.

  12. When your second receiver is Braxton Miller, and I hate to call him out because I’m a Buckeyes fan, and all three of your tight end’s are out, who are you supposed to throw the ball to besides Hopkins? The Texans are going to be forced into paying Duane Brown because that offensive line is putrid, and at the moment, they are a bottom five team.

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