Sunday, February 5, 2023

Watson looks rusty and gets cocky, but Brown wins

HOUSTON ( Associated Press) – Deshaun Watson signed autographs for some Texans and Browns fans. He posed with others for a few selfies before making a winning debut for Cleveland in their home stadium after spending 700 days away from the NFL.

However, during Sunday’s meeting, camaraderie prevailed for the field marshal.

Protests preceded every cross Watson received during the afternoon in his first game since serving an 11-game suspension over sexual assault and harassment allegations leveled against him by two dozen women.

Watson looked somewhat stoic and struggled against Houston, the team he played for four seasons, three of which earned him a Pro Bowl selection.

Despite everything, the Browns found a way to defeat the Texans, 27–14, thanks to two defensive touchdowns and another on special teams.

Watson completed 12 of 22 passes for 131 yards with one interception. The worst passer rating of his NFL career was 53.4.

A number of Watson’s supporters were present in the stands before the game. Meanwhile, some women who were subjected to harassment and aggression during massage sessions said they would attend the stadium.

The women’s attorney, Tony Buzby, did not respond to a text message asking him to confirm whether his clients had attended. During the week, she remarked that about 10 women “want to make some kind of argument, saying that they were here and that they matter.”

The Browns fell behind 5–0 early in the game, but Donovan Peoples-Jones gave them the lead in the second quarter with a punt return. Denzel Ward caught a fumble and returned it 4 yards into the end zone to make it 14–5 in the third quarter.

Cleveland didn’t score on their offense until a 43-yard field goal made it 17–8 with about 10 minutes remaining. The defense added another touchdown, on a pass by Kyle Allen, intercepted by Tony Fields, who returned it 16 yards on the next play.

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