This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
-It's disheartening that Deshaun Watson's career intersected with Bill O'Brien's. O'Brien is a questionable coach in general, but he's also guilty of exploiting the Texans' institutional dysfunction to make payday loan trades that boost his short-term win percentage at the expense of the team's long-term solvency. O'Brien might get fired at the request of any new GM they try to hire, yet Watson will deal with the effects of those trades long afterward. For two first-round picks, a second-round pick, and a third-round pick they got Kenny Stills through 2020, Duke Johnson at an average of $4.6M per year over the two upcoming years, and Laremy Tunsil (with an incoming extension likely at more than $17M per year). The Texans have upcoming questions on all of the offensive line, defensive line, and secondary, and with Watson due an imminent raise to the tune of $32M per year, those missing picks might hurt when the cap space gets crunched.
-Baltimore may have been the only truly good team in the early slate, beating Houston 41-7 with the one touchdown allowed (46-yard Carlos Hyde carry) occurring in garbage time. Lamar Jackson was brilliant again, completing 17-of-24 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns, adding 86 yards on nine carries. Marquise Brown didn't do much (two catches for 23 yards on four targets), so it was instead Mark Andrews (four catches for 75 yards and one touchdown on four targets) and Mark Ingram (three catches for 37 yards and two touchdowns on