In a Thursday night match-up that left much to be desired on both sides of the ball, The Houston Texans (1-1) beat the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) 13-9.
The only touchdown of the entire game came from a second quarter 49 yard run by Texans rookie Quarterback Deshaun Watson. Other than that the Bengals defense held him to 125 passing yards (15/24) and a 75.9 passer rating. Watson definitely has room to grow and the only thing that will make him better is experience. This should now be his job for the rest of the season.
Andy Dalton looked slightly better this week than he did last week. He didn’t throw any interceptions, which is a big improvement. Dalton was 20/35 for 224 yards and a Quartback Rating barely better than Watsons at 76.4.
Neither team had a running back or a receiver tally even 75 yards. This seems especially odd for the Bengals as the Texans had back up corners on both sides of the field, while they had the like of A.J. Green to throw to. They failed to take advantage of what should have been a game changing match up.
Both teams will have a long week to prepare for very tough upcoming match-ups. The Bengals will look to regroup before their week 3 game in Green Bay, while the Texans will try to get some guys healthy for their trip to New England.