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DeShaun Watson rushed for the game's only touchdown as Houston claimed their first win of the National Football League season with a 13-9 victory at the winless Cincinnati Bengals.

The Houston Texans are traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals, who are coming off of an incredibly embarrassing opening day loss where they were shut out by the Baltimore Ravens.

The Houston Texans will play the Cincinnati Bengals in Thursday Night Football on September 14, 2017, start time at 8:25 PM ET, at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio. The Texans faced a 3rd and 15 when Watson would take off and run for 49-yards and the touchdown with just 0:50 seconds left in half.

BAITING THE ROOKIE: The Bengals are preparing for Watson and figure they'll have a big advantage with a rookie making his first start on the road in a night game.

Back to Houston: Adding injury to insult, the team had a whopping five players in the concussion protocol, including all three tight ends.

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That led to a 26-yard field goal by Fairbairn to put Houston ahead 3-0. Wins are important in the short term for a team with playoff expectations, but the Texans need to see Watson's improvement week-to-week. Neither team ran the ball much in the openers - the Texans had 93 yards, the Bengals 77 - leaving the quarterbacks in tough situations. Some of Dalton's play has to do with the Texans, which had the No. 1 defense last season.

Deshaun Watson was supposedly in a no-win situation. Quarterback Andy Dalton completed just 57 percent of his passes for a 76.4 rating, failing to make the most of superstar wide receiver A.J. Green. From his sack on Andy Dalton to a perfectly-timed forced fumble on John Ross, the Texans veteran cornerback had a standout performance in Week 2 against the Bengals. This is only the second time I've done this in my career and it's only to defend a client where I felt he wasn't getting defended properly by the team or the media.

Comment below with your thoughts on Thursday night's game. Watt injured the ring finger on his left hand in Week 1, and it appears to have gotten a bit worse in Week 2, via ESPN's Sarah Barshop. "Thank you for throwing it to the guy closest to me - body slam". Johnson was impressive, finishing with 52 total tackles, one interception and nine pass defenses.

Dalton's numbers weren't overwhelming bad Thursday as he went 20-for-35 passing for 224 yards. As a cherry on top, Brian Cushing received a ten-game suspension on Wednesday.

Houston (1-1) plays at the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in 10 days.

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