The Houston Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 13-9. Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson finished with 125 passing yards and 67 rushing yards with one touchdown. Watson scored the game’s lone touchdown on an elusive 49 yard run in the second quarter and DeAndre Hopkins grabbed seven catches for 73 yards.
Houston’s defense relegated the Bengals to only three field goals all game. Benardrick McKinney was all over the field with six tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks.
Cincinnati had a tough go of it on offense. The team had only 82 yards on the ground. Joe Mixon looked decent carrying nine times for 36 yards. Andy Dalton went 20-35 for 224 yards and zero touchdowns. The bright spot for the Bengals was their defense only giving up 13 points. Vincent Rey seemed to be in on every play finishing with 11 total tackles. Geno Atkins finished with five tackles and two sacks.
After the game head coach Marvin Lewis said that Dalton’s job is not in jeopardy.
The offense has yet to score a touchdown this season after two weeks of play.
Week three’s matchups won’t get any easier as the Bengals head to Lambeau field to take on the Green Bay Packers and the Texans will travel to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots.
Watson celebrated his 22nd birthday on the same day as his first NFL start.