Facing a presumably motivated Cincinnati Bengals team in its own backyard with a decimated wide receiver corps and an offensive line that allowed a league-high 10 sacks in week one, it wouldn't have been a total surprise if Watson and the Texans fell flat in his first NFL start. The Bengals have not only yet to win this season, they've yet to even score - as they fell to the Ravens 20-0.
The Houston Texans are expected to use rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson as their starter for their Week 2 Thursday game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The inside linebacker bagged two sacks, including a critical one late in the game to keep the Bengals out of the end zone.
On first down with 1:18 left in the first half, Watson dropped back only to get his official "welcome to the NFL" moment, courtesy of Bengals All-Pro DT Geno Atkins. The first four drives of the game went three-and-out before D'Onta Foreman ran for nine-yards to get the game's initial first down. But given just how bad both the Texans and Bengals were in their matchups, that doesn't seem particularly likely.
It will certainly help the Texans that they don't have to play another game for 10 days.
Neil Schwartz, agent for Savage, blasted the Texans for benching Savage after he played in the first half during the loss to Jacksonville in Week 1. The game featured Jadeveon Clowney, Deshaun Watson, and J.J. Bill O'Brien continues to yank his QB chain at an impressive rate, and only needed to see two quarters of Tom Savage Football before making a change. This is only the second time I've done this in my career and it's only to defend a client where I felt he wasn't getting defended properly by the team or the media. The Texans, with or without holdout left tackle Duane Brown, feature an offensive line that is going to be problematic for the foreseeable future.
Dalton, who finished the game 20 of 35 passing for 224 yards, shared his frustration about the offense not scoring a touchdown for the second straight contest.
Adam "Pacman" Jones did well in coverage for the Bengals, drawing the assignment of DeAndre Hopkins most of the game. "Those guys showed that tonight and I think they did a great job". He was back in form Thursday with six tackles, one pass deflection and one hit on Dalton. As a cherry on top, Brian Cushing received a ten-game suspension on Wednesday.
After 15 scoreless possessions to begin the season, the Bengals finally got on the scoreboard with a 39-yard field goal by Randy Bullock, set up by A.J. Green's 50-yard catch.
The Texans play at New England.