Watson became the first rookie quarterback to win his first start on the road in a prime-time game since the Eagles' Joe Webb in 2010, according to Elias.
But however Deshaun Watson looked in his first National Football League start - a 13-9 win for the Houston Texans over the Cincinnati Bengals - head coach Bill O'Brien said he'll only be getting better.
Watson was steady throughout Thursday's game, going 15 of 24 for 125 yards.
"Being able to have my first start on my birthday was pretty emotional", Watson said.
The Bengals' quest for a first win continues with a formidable looking trip to Green Bay in Week Three, while a refreshed Texans will head to New England for a repeat of their play-off defeat in January. Last week, he replaced Tom Savage at halftime and led the Texans to their only scoring drive of the game. "You are not going to win without them.Being one of the leaders of the offense I feel like - no disrespect to nobody else - that ball should be mine somewhere somehow". Neither the Bengals nor the Texans want to start the season 0-2.
The Texans are coming off an emotional loss to the Jaguars last week after playing at home days after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the city. 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 linebacker Jadeveon Clowney plucked it out of the air and returned it 49 yards to the Cincinnati 20 to set up Houston's first points. If the Bengals ever get near a goal line, we'll find out.
J.J.'S SECOND CHANCE: J.J. Watt's return in the opener was underwhelming. Even if the defense can rebound from its uncharacteristic performance on Sunday against Jacksonville, the Texans found out last season that even the No. 1 ranked defense could not get them far in the playoffs without a competent offense and quarterback. Jones did leave the game late in the fourth quarter with an elbow injury but returned to finish the game. "Thank you for throwing it to the guy closest to me - body slam". He was back in form Thursday with six tackles, one pass deflection and one hit on Dalton.
Cincinnati won the first three games of the series including beginning in the Texans' inaugural year of 2002 until October 2005.
DE Michael Johnson was declared out of Thursday night's game against the Houston Texans after suffering a stinger and a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.