Texans defeat Bengals in first start for Watson

The Associated Press

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.

Watson completed 15 of 24 passes for 125 yards and no interceptions, and ran five times for 67 yards. His scoring run put Houston (1-1) up 10-3 late in the first half.

Watson led a 13-play drive that set up a 42-yard field goal by Ka’imi Fairbairn with 1 minute, 56 seconds remaining. Cin­cinnati (0-2) got the ball two more times, but failed to cross midfield.

The Bengals got three field goals from Randy Bullock — they have failed to score a touchdown in their first two games for the first time in their 50 seasons.

The Texans were missing three tight ends due to concussions, along with receiver Will Fuller V and guard Jeff Allen. They finished with 266 yards of offense — 29 fewer than the Bengals — but had the ball for 32:15.

Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton fell to 1-6 against Houston, including a pair of playoff losses.