The 0-1 Houston Texans travel to Cincinnati to take on the 0-1 Bengals in this week two Thursday night contest. Both teams are coming off terrible opening weekend losses where they each had turnover issues. Cincinnati turned the ball over 5 times on their way to getting shut out 20-0 last week at home by the Baltimore Ravens. The Texans turned the ball over 4 times in their 29-7 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars with several key players sustaining injuries which could keep them out for week 2.
Houston starter Tom Savage was benched at half time after completing 7 of 13 passes for 62 yards and 0 touchdowns. He was also sacked 6 times for a loss of 33 yards. His replacement for the second half was Deshaun Watson, who did better completing 12 of 23 passes for 102 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He was also sacked 4 times. DeAndre Hopkins caught the Texans only touchdown as he finished with 7 receptions for 55 yards. C.J. Fiedorowicz was second on the team with 4 catches for 46 yards. As a team they rushed for 93 yards on 23 carries and were led by Lamar Miller with 65 yards. Defensively they allowed just 280 yards of offense but didn’t force any turnovers and didn’t have any sacks. They did have 3 tackles for losses but gave up 150 rushing yards on 39 carries, which is an average of 4 yards per carry.
Andy Dalton finished with a quarterback rating of .7 last week as he completed just 16 of 31 passes for 170 yards, 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He was also sacked 5 times for a loss of 26 yards. His favorite target was A.J. Green who had 5 catches for 74 yards. Jeremy Hill was second on the team with 6 catches for 26 yards. They struggled running the ball gaining just 77 yards on 22 carries. Giovanni Bernard led the team with 40 yards on 7 carries. Defensively, they intercepted Joe Flacco once, sacked him once and had 6 tackles for losses. They had trouble against the run allowing Baltimore to gain 157 yards on 42 carries.
Cincinnati will have home field advantage and is favored by 6 points in this matchup. Both teams are 0-1 against the spread this season and each team will be looking to get their first win of the season. Three different Texans suffered head injuries last week and C.J. Fiedorowicz, linebacker Brian Cushing and tight end Ryan Griffin’s statuses are still up in the air for the game against Cincinnati as they go through the NFL’s concussion protocol. The Bengals are healthy and get to play at home again after being shut out last week in front of their fans. Deshaun Watson has been named the starter this week for Houston who must do a better job protecting the quarterback as they allowed 10 sacks last week.
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