Texans hold 10-6 halftime lead after Deshaun Watson’s 49-yard TD run

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Deshaun Watson showed why he’s starting with one play in the first half.

In his first start, on his birthday, the rookie scrambled 49 yards for a touchdown with 50 seconds left in the first half. It came two plays after he took a hard hit on a sack by Geno Atkins.

It was the longest touchdown run by a quarterback since Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota went 87 against Jacksonville in Week 13 of 2015.

Watson, who replaced Tom Savage in the second half of the season opener, went 8-for-13 for 73 yards as the Texans offensive line continued to struggle. Houston gave up three sacks in the first half after surrendering 10 in the loss to the Jaguars on Sunday.

The Texans, who dressed three receivers and were without their top three tight ends, played much of the first half in a jumbo package with one and sometimes two extra offensive linemen. Watson was the game’s leading rusher with two carries for 53 yards.

Watson’s touchdown staked the Texans to a 10-6 halftime lead after Houston allowed the Bengals to drive 64 yards before the half for a Randy Bullock field goal.

The Bengals, who were shutout last week, managed only four first downs, 166 total yards and went 1-for-6 on third down. Cincinnati gained 109 of its yards on three plays.

10 responses to “Texans hold 10-6 halftime lead after Deshaun Watson’s 49-yard TD run

  1. When your only TD comes from your QB having to run 49 yards.That in NO WAY is a good thing. QB’S are payed to make passes and hand off the ball that is what makes a championship team. They are going nowhere this year maybe next year.

  2. slick50kc says:
    September 14, 2017 at 11:00 pm
    The Chiefs took the right QB.
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    Maybe. It appears that the Texans are happy with their pick, also.

  3. agent7x6 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm
    slick50kc says:
    September 14, 2017 at 11:00 pm
    The Chiefs took the right QB.
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    Maybe. It appears that the Texans are happy with their pick, also.

    Deshaun Watson has only played 6 quarters but aside from his long touchdown run he has not looked great. Now, yes the Texans offensive line is terrible. But Watson did get help from the officials against the Jaguars. In the redzone he threw an interception that was returned all the way to the Texans 30 yard line. However, the Jaguars were flagged for defensive holding which meant the interception did not count. No replay was shown. But the very next play was a Watson fumble which gave the Jaguars the football back. In my opinion it is always the quarterback’s fault if he fumbles. It his job to hold onto the football. Sure you can blame a sack on bad protection or a failed blitz pickup by the running back. But that doesn’t excuse you from dropping the football.
    And personally Deshaun Watson is only playing because Bill O’Brien thinks it will save his job. O’Brien is supposed to be a “Quarterback Guru” but all his quarterbacks have played below average. When he saw Tom Savage struggle, O’Brien freaked out because he is getting fired if the quarterback situation is not solved by season’s end.

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