HOUSTON — With Deshaun Watson out, Tyrod Taylor’s steady play and veteran leadership helped the Houston Texans open the season with a surprising lopsided victory.

Taylor threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ 37-21 win Sunday over Trevor Lawrence and the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars.

“We expected to win,” new coach David Culley said. “We’re not surprised simply because we played good football.”

Taylor took over at quarterback for Houston with Watson’s future with the team uncertain after 22 women filed lawsuits alleging sexual assault or harassment after he requested a trade.

“It was fun,” Taylor said. “It was never about me. It was about coming out and doing whatever it takes to help the team win.”

Expectations for the Texans were low entering this season with Watson

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