Marcus Mariota got things started on a bad foot. On the Titans opening drive, the normal ball-secure quarterback threw an interception. That’s when the Deshaun Watson and the Texans took it right through the defense to go up 7-0 on a Lamar Miler touchdown. Houston’s defense stepped up again with a big stop and then drove for another score to take a two-score lead in the first quarter on a DeAndre Hopkins touchdown catch.
After the same pattern repeated to push it to 21-0 with a touchdown pass to Will Fuller, Mariota tried to put the team on his back. He rushed for a nasty long score, then the defense held (kind of) and limited Houston to a field goal. That set up another Tennessee drive, and Mariota again ran it in.
However, the defense had no answer for Watson and company. They added another score and went into halftime up 30-14. In the second half, Mariota was pulled with a hamstring injury, but it wouldn’t have mattered. Their defense was just getting torched all day long by the rookie.
In the end, Watson finished with five total touchdowns and just ran through the division rivals. It was a big day and furthered his announcement that he’s arrived.