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Texans starting defense shines in L.A.

The Texans starters on defense shined in a short, but strong, outing in their preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.

"All those guys were fresh," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "They ran around, they hustled around. Good guys, good team guys. They were looking forward to getting out there."

A number of Texans defensive starters made their preseason debut in the third preseason game, including J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Tyrann Mathieu, Johnathan Joseph, D.J. Reader and Benardrick McKinney.

The Texans starters shined in the first quarter against the Rams offense, which was without Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley. In just three series, Houston's defense forced two three-and-outs and one turnover deep in Rams territory. Kareem Jackson intercepted Sean Mannion's pass and added a 12-yard return. One play later, Alfred Blue's three-yard touchdown run gave the Texans a 7-0 lead with 7:14 left in the first quarter.

Watt, who played in his first game since his season-ending leg injury in Week 5 last year, was the Texans game captain and recorded a tackle on his first play of the day.

The Houston Texans are checked in, locked in and ready to take on the Los Angeles Rams.

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