Watch Out: Sacks galore likely in Texans at Bengals
Sep 17 2017 by Lorena Waters
Though rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson showed flashes of what the Houston Texans were hoping when they traded up to the No. 12 pick in the draft, he acknowledged after leading the Texans to a 13-9 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday that he still has a lot to learn. "To say that Dalton and the offense were ineffective on Sunday afternoon would be kind". For the sake of all the fans that tune in, someone will step it up and play a better game.
The Texans relied heavily on their rushing attack, with 168 yards, including Watson's 67.
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.
His protection was predictably porous - Watson took three sacks and spent a decent chunk of the thirty-two minutes Houston had the ball running away from the Bengals' pass rush - but some of the Texans' struggles were on him.
Meanwhile, Watson enters as the favorite to get the nod to start.
According to multiple reports, the former Clemson star will get the start Thursday - on his 22nd birthday, no less - when the Texans (0-1) play at Cincinnati (0-1).
The Bengals expect his counterpart to be a rookie making his first National Football League start, although the Texans hadn't said anything definitively. The Bengals were shut out by Baltimore and got absolutely nothing going when they had the football. Still, Dalton's history tells us this is unlikely to become a trend. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson moved Houston to their own 44. Watson saw playing time in week one but did not start.
"It was a good play", O'Brien said. Watson was 12 of 23 for 102 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but he and Savage absorbed a combined 10 sacks behind a line that is still missing left tackle Duane Brown (contract holdout) and will be without guard Jeff Allen. J.J. Watt had a fairly quiet game statistically but flushed Andy Dalton out of the pocket on a late third-down.
When it seemed the Bengals defense was getting best of him, that 49 yard touchdown run turned the game around. Under pressure all night, and with his receivers unable to get separation, Andy Dalton's offense unit looked overwhelmed yet again. Houston allowed 100 yards and a TD on 26 carries to Leonard Fournette, while Lamar Miller only posted 65 yards on 17 carries for the Texans on the other side.