Down to the wire

Tex­ans hang on to top Ben­gals

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS -

CINCIN­NATI De­shaun Wat­son ran 49 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL start and led the Hous­ton Tex­ans’ de­pleted of­fence to a late clinch­ing field goal in a 13-9 vic­tory over the Cincin­nati Ben­gals on Thurs­day night.

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

The Tex­ans (1-1) got the most out of their de­pleted of­fence, and then let their de­fence 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.

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 two more times, but failed to cross mid­field.

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.

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