Thursday Night Match Up: Texans at Bengals

Tom Savage

Tom Savage

We may get those answers Thursday night in Cincinnati when the Bengals welcome Houston. Because make no mistake, these offenses were bad on Sunday.

One of the few upsides of the Thursday night game is that teams who played poorly the week before get a quick chance to redeem themselves. O'Brien and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis could very well find themselves sitting on fiery hot seats if they continue to perform as they did in Week 1.

Cincinnati lost to the Ravens 20-0 at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, the first time in their history that they opened the season blanked at home.

The Texans will come into this game without the services of middle linebacker Brian Cushing after being busted a second time for performance enhancing substances. "I don't know what we're doing out there".

Watson, who celebrated his 22nd birthday Thursday, arrived at Paul Brown Stadium in a tuxedo prior to what was his first National Football League start.

On the play, he looked to pass, was forced from the pocket, and scrambled through the right side before sprinting into the end zone. So what can we expect? "I was looking back at the quarterback". After a punt, they ran one more play with 2 seconds left that didn't get far. "That shouldn't happen. I need to be more aware of where the sideline is".

As I previously mentioned, Dalton is coming off one of the worst QB performances of the last decade-plus in which he threw four interceptions and converted first downs on three of nine third-downs.

On Thursday, he was under pressure constantly behind the Bengals' young and inexperienced line again. He has been sacked eight times and has a QB rating of 47.2.

"I watched all 31 plays because that was the extent of what Tom saw in the first half and I can't figure out why he's benching Tom". "We haven't hit our stride yet". Lamar Miller led the team with 65 rushing yards, while DeAndre Hopkins had seven catches for 55 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Savage's ineffectiveness - Houston had just 55 yards in total offense with him under center - put the Texans' quarterback job in question, and it appears that Watson is in line to make his first career start on Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan said his message in practice this week was to get rid of the ball faster. Savage's agent, Neil Schwartz, asked in an appearance on PFT Live.

However, if Dalton fails to utilize the dynamic duo of Green and Ross, the veteran quarterback may be headed for the bench if the Bengals suffer another loss.

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