De­shaun Wat­son runs for TD, leads Tex­ans over Ben­gals 13-9 in de­but

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

CINCIN­NATI — De­shaun Wat­son ran 49 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL start and led the Hous­ton Tex­ans’ de­pleted of­fense 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.

“It wasn’t pre­fect, (but) he did some good things,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “There’s a lot to learn from.”

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

The Ben­gals are the first team since the 1939 Ea­gles to open a sea­son with two home games and fail to get in the end zone, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the Elias Sports Bu­reau shared by ESPN. ••• As­so­ci­ated Press

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