Texans video: DeAndre Hopkins scores his first TD of the season
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Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins scores his first TD of the season

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With lofty aspirations heading into the 2019 NFL season, Houston Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is on the board for his first receiving touchdown.

Hopkins topped a 16-play drive from the Texans with a two-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Deshaun Watson. It brought Houston’s score total to 14 in enemy territory—a vicious New Orleans Saints Superdome crowd is out in full force for the season opener.

It should be an all-out offensive explosion of a night between the Saints and Texans, two of the league’s most powerful scoring threats. Veteran quarterback Drew Brees has already surpassed many and more individual records, but he does not appear to be slowing down any time soon, despite last season’s NFC Championship Game bummer when a no-call dashed New Orleans Super Bowl dreams and gave the Los Angeles Rams runway to a date with the New England Patriots last February.

In response to the NFL officials’ blunder, many Saints fans are wearing the referee zebra stripes, trolling tonight’s unassuming crew.

Hopkins, meanwhile, has turned into one of the elite wideouts in the league in short order. The seventh-year receiver out of Clemson recorded career highs in receptions, 115, and yards, 1,572, en route to 11 touchdowns.

Should he continue on his superstar path, Hopkins could reel in more than a dozen TDs for the 2018 season, especially with the talented Watson under center. Watson already scored the team’s first score of the year with an athlete leap and tumble into the end zone on Monday night.