HOUSTON â Deshaun Watson matched his career high with five touchdown passes to lead the Houston Texans to their fifth straight victory, beating the Miami Dolphins, 42-23, on Thursday night.
The Texans (5-3) have left their 0-3 start behind with their longest single-season winning streak since reeling off six victories in a row in 2012.
Watson threw touchdown passes of 13, 2, 73, 49 and 2 yards to give him 34 career scoring passes to move ahead of Dan Marino for the second-most through a playerâs first 15 N.F.L. starts. Marino had 32.
Miamiâs Brock Osweiler, who had a tough season in Houston after signing a $72 million contract in 2016, threw for 241 yards with an interception in his third straight start in place of the injured starter Ryan Tannehill.
Kenyan Drake ran for a touchdown and caught one as well for the Dolphins (4-4). They lost for the second straight week.
Rookie Jordan Thomas caught the first two touchdown passes of his career, DeAndre Hopkins had 82 yards receiving and two scores and Will Fuller added 124 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Texans running back Lamar Miller, who grew up in Miami and spent his first four seasons with the Dolphins, had 133 yards rushing and a touchdown, topping 100 yards for a second consecutive game.
Watson found the speedy Fuller in front of the defense for a 73-yard touchdown that left Houston up 28-17 late in the third quarter. It was the longest touchdown pass of Watsonâs career and the longest reception of Fullerâs. Fuller has caught 11 touchdown passes in 11 career games with Watson.
The highlight of the day for the Dolphins came when they used some trickery in the third quarter. Osweiler pitched a lateral to Danny Amendola, who threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Drake to cut the lead to 21-17.
Hopkins scored his second touchdown on a 2-yard reception with about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, but his most impressive play of the night came on a catch that didnât count. Hopkins reached back and grabbed the ball with one hand and weaved it between his legs in the air before crashing to the ground. The play was brought back after Hopkins was called for pass interference.