Former Clemson standout Deshaun Watson expected to start for Texans

Former Clemson standout Deshaun Watson expected to start for Texans

Deshaun Watson was impressive during his first start as an National Football League quarterback Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Deshaun Watson passed for 125 yards and had a 49-yard TD run in his first career start on his 22nd birthday, lifting the Houston Texans to a 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium.

Watson's first start, coming on his 22nd birthday, was a straightforward one and his passing game will require work having nearly thrown a couple of early interceptions, but he provided the game with its only major highlight. Deshaun Watson finished 12-of-23 for the game, throwing for 102 yards, a touchdown and an interception. In the case of the Houston Texans this week, opportunity will fall to former Oregon Tight End Evan Baylis.

The Texans defensive line even with the injuries/suspensions is better than Cinci's offensive line.

Houston and Cincinnati are looking for their first win of the season after starting the Regular Season 0-1 last week.

It was always inevitable that the Texans would be starting Watson at some point in 2017.

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The Texans were drubbed at home by Jacksonville in Week 1. In the receiving end, DeAndre Hopkins posted 55 yards and a touchdown in seven receptions while C.J. Fiedorowicz added 46 yards in four receptions. Texans fans may be excited to see their potential quarterback of the future already on the field, but Houston is playing a unsafe game rolling the dice with Watson so soon.

The offensive line continued to disappoint last night. "You've got to give him different looks, not just drop into coverage", cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said.

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For a player like A.J. Johnathan Joseph hurt his right shoulder while making a tackle in the first half and didn't return. He was 20 of 35 for 224 yards with three sacks.

"I think the guys who stepped in did a great job". Jones did leave the game late in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury but returned to finish the game. Johnson was impressive, finishing with 52 total tackles, one interception and nine pass defenses.

After 15 scoreless possessions to begin the season, the Bengals finally got on the scoreboard with a 39-yard field goal by Randy Bullock, set up by A.J. Green's 50-yard catch. He's in the NFL's concussion protocol and has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Texans defense should continue to struggle but most likely not against the Cincinnati ground game.