Cincinnati, September 14 – The mighty Houston Texans, soaring to the top of the National Football League, vanquished the Cincinnati Bengals, 13 to 9, in the Bengal’s home stadium in a game which showed the spectacular talent of the Texans’ greatest quarterback, Deshaun Watson, and of the Texans’ defense.
Perhaps, most impressive of all was fan heartthrob Ka’imi Fairbairn, who led the Texans with 7 of their 13 points. Watson scored the team’s sole touchdown on an amazing 49 yard run during the second quarter. Brilliant Coach Bill O’Brien had obviously adopted a conservative offensive strategy for the game which paid off in spades – two field goals and an explosive touchdown in the form of a quarterback sneak.
Fairbairn has maintained his perfect field goal percentage during the entire season with a 42 yarder as his longest.
Watson’s first start in the NFL featured a 75.9 passing rating with no interceptions. Watson was only sacked 3 times, a mere 30% of the total number of sacks the Texans suffered during the first game. Watson was also the team’s rushing leader with 67 yards gained on 5 carries.
DeAndre Hopkins led receptions with 7 and 73 yards of gains.
Houston’s Shane Lechler had a wonderful opportunity to punt during the game with 9 punts to a mere 7 for Cincinnati’s Kevin Huber. Lechler’s average punt was an amazing 59.9 yards and his longest was 91 yards! (With that quality of punting, the Texans should consider punting on the first down of every drive!!!)
The Texans’ defense came alive, sacked Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton thrice, and dominated the entire game.
With this win, the Texans move into sole second place in the AFC South Division.