To make the climb a little steeper, the Texans lost a slew of players to injuries on Sunday afternoon, Tight ends Ryan Griffin, C.J Fiedorowicz, LB Brian Cushing, WR Bruce Ellington all left the game with concussions and Cushing will be out after being suspended for a second PED violation. What we may not get is any kind of offense if Week 1 wasn't an anomaly for these teams. A play-by-play examination of the film highlighted a quarterback who made numerous bad choices, including throwing a ball into triple coverage in the end zone instead of hitting a wide open Tyler Eifert on a shallow cross.
If the Bengals get another horrifying performance from Dalton, we could be heading to AJ McCarron getting some playing time soon, and that may not be much of an upgrade for the Bengals. Conversely, they allowed 15 sacks - 10 through the Texans.
However the game plays out, someone will be 0-2 despite starting the season with playoff expectations.
Meanwhile, Watson enters as the favorite to get the nod to start. Cincinnati was shutout 20-0 by the Baltimore Ravens in week one.
"I just knew I had to make a play", Watson told NFL Network after the 13-9 win. Miller still managed to post 97 total yards on 18 touches, although his 3.8 yard per carry average was less than impressive.
A couple of his throws were tipped and unfortunately dropped into the hands of some very grateful, lurking Ravens defenders so Dalton was quick to blame himself afterwards. Schwartz said he had two ex-coaches go through the tape to try to find what Savage did wrong.
That means Hopkins is going to get the heavy-duty work in the passing game even more than he normally does.
Both the #Houston Texans and #Cincinnati Bengals had 0-1 starts to their season.
Watson, though he led the team to a touchdown on his first drive, didn't fair much better, as he was sacked four times and threw an interception. Andy Dalton has generally been a solid National Football League quarterback, especially when he has both WR A.J. Green and TE Tyler Eifert healthy.