Watson, Hopkins score on opening drive

Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins capped of their first and only preseason series with a touchdown on Saturday against the Detroit Lions.

After missing Week 1 at Green Bay, Watson was under center for the Texans opening drive at NRG Stadium.

“It felt great to be back out there, get some live action, try to get myself ready to prepare for the real season," Watson said. "Each and every game I try to make sure I'm focused and locked in. Whenever my opportunity comes, when I step on that field I try to take advantage of it.”

Watson completed passes to Darren Fells, Hopkins and DeAndre Carter as the offense picked up six first downs on its first series. On third-and-goal, Watson connected with Hopkins for a four-yard touchdown to cap off an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive. The Texans took a 7-0 lead with 9:27 left in the first quarter.

"That was a good start,” head coach Bill O’Brien said at halftime. “We talked about getting off to a fast start, and we did that.”

Both Watson and Hopkins exited the game after the scoring drive. Hopkins had two receptions for 17 yards. Watson completed 5-of-7 for 60 yards for one touchdown and a 136.9 passer rating. He also rushed for seven yards on one carry.

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