The Houston Texans (0-1), led by defensive end J.J. Watt and quarterback Deshaun Watson, met the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1), led by quarterback Andy Dalton, in Week 2 NFL movement between winless AFC teams during Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 (9/14/17).
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Here’s a AP recap:
CINCINNATI (AP) — A black tux and bowtie. Deshaun Watson motionless to dress in character for his initial NFL start, one that came in primary time on his 22nd birthday.
The clothes and a impulse were a ideal fit for a inhabitant champ.
Watson scrambled 49 yards for a game’s usually touchdown Thursday night, heading a injury-depleted Houston Texans to a 13-9 victory over a Cincinnati Bengals. He avoided a large mistake, done a game-turning play, and led Houston (1-1) to a clinching margin idea in a shutting minutes.
“It was insane,” defensive finish Christian Covington pronounced of the rookie’s touchdown run . “That’s because he is who he is. The whole sideline went crazy. That was a game-sealing touchdown right there.”
It came in a initial half, though given a approach a Bengals are personification on offense, it was indeed a wilful play. Cincinnati (0-2) non-stop a deteriorate with a span of home games, though has nonetheless to measure a touchdown in 25 possessions.
The final group that non-stop with dual home games and unsuccessful to strech a finish section was a 1939 Eagles, according to a Elias Sports Bureau. No group has scored so few points in a span of season-opening home games given a 1949 Packers.
“I am shocked,” manager Marvin Lewis said. “Yes, we am. We should be better.”
Few immature quarterbacks have gotten improved formula than Watson, who was operative with an offense blank 3 parsimonious ends to concussions, and a receiver and a guard. He ran 5 times for a team-high 67 yards and finished 15 of 24 passes for 125 yards with no interceptions and 3 sacks.
Watson won a inhabitant championship during Clemson with his dual-threat ability. The first-round collect used any bit of it in a regressive devise directed during creation a many of what a Texans had left on offense.
“I don’t unequivocally get shaken when we step on a field,” Watson said. “Football is football. This is what I’ve been forgetful of my whole life.”
Some takeaways from a Texans’ win:
WATSON’S PLAUDITS: Watson is a initial rookie quarterback to win his initial start on a highway in a prime-time diversion given a Eagles’ Joe Webb in 2010, according to Elias. He’s a initial quarterback in a final dual seasons to lead his group in both flitting and rushing and get a win.
“That’s one of a things you’ve seen via his career during Clemson, and what we’ve seen in a preseason here,” manager Bill O’Brien said. “He usually has that ability and that knack.”
WATT BACK IN FORM: J.J. Watt lifted some-more than $30 million for those influenced when Hurricane Harvey strike Texas. He was romantic in a Texans’ home opener Sunday and managed usually one tackle and one quarterback hit. He was behind in form Thursday with 6 tackles, one pass deflection and one strike on Dalton. He also leveled core Russell Bodine on a game’s final play after he got a lateral.
“Zig-zag, zig-zag, zig-zag, tired, tired, tired,” Watt said, describing a multi-lateral play. “Thank we for throwing it to a man closest to me — physique slam.”
MORE TEXANS INJURIES
Houston starting cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (right shoulder) and Kevin Johnson (left knee) were harm in a second half and didn’t return, adding to a Texans’ ascent damage woes. Linebacker Brian Cushing is portion a 10-game cessation for violating a NFL’s process on performance-enhancing substances.
DALTON’S STRUGGLES: Andy Dalton threw 4 interceptions, mislaid a fail and finished with a passer rating of 28.4 in a 20-0 detriment to a Ravens on Sunday, a initial time a Bengals were blanked in a home opener. He was underneath complicated vigour again Thursday while going 20 of 35 for 224 yards with 3 sacks and a passer rating of 76.4. He has struggled opposite a Texans, his hometown group — he grew adult in suburban Katy. Dalton is 1-6 career opposite Houston, including a span of first-round playoff losses. He’s thrown 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
CHANGES NEEDED: Receiver A.J. Green insisted that a Bengals need to do a improved pursuit removing a round to their playmakers in a essential moments. The offense slipped final deteriorate with Ken Zampese in his initial deteriorate as coordinator, with injuries gutting a section during midseason. They’ve been entirely healthy during a horrible 0-2 start.
Asked if changes are ahead, Lewis said, “We’re not going to speak about that right now.”
Here’s what we need to know:
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
When: Thursday, Sep 14, 2017
Time: 8:25 p.m. Eastern
TV: NFL Network
Livestream: NFL Network online
Line: Bengals -6.5
Texans notes: QB TOM SAVAGE had 176 pass yards in final meeting. QB DESHAUN WATSON (rookie) upheld for 102 yards TD in NFL entrance final week. Was No. 12 altogether preference by Hou. in 2017 NFL Draft. * RB LAMAR MILLER had 129 struggle yards (105 rush, 24 rec.) in his final diversion vs. Cin. (10/31/13 with Mia.). Has 3 seasons in quarrel with 1,250+ struggle yards. * WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had TD locate final week. Had TD locate in final assembly during Cin. Is 1 of 6 in NFL with 250+ catches (272) 20+ rec. TDs (22) given 2014. Has 24 career rec. TDs, tied for 3rd many in group history. * DE J.J. WATT had pouch in his final diversion during Cin. (11/16/15). Has 76 sacks given entering joining in 2011, many in NFL. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had pouch in final meeting. Led group ranked 2nd in AFC with 16 TFL final season. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 3 sacks 5 TFL in past 2 meetings. Has 19.5 sacks given 2015, 5th among NFL LBs. LB BENARDRICK MC KINNEY led group with 9 tackles final week. Was usually NFL actor with 125+ tackles (129) 5+ sacks (5) in 2016. CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH spent 5 seasons with Cin. (2006-10). Has INT in 2 of past 3 meetings, incl. 60-yard INT-TD on 11/23/14. Had 2 PD final week. CB KAREEM JACKSON has 13 career INTs, tied for many in authorization history. DE CHRISTIAN COVINGTON had pouch in final diversion during Cin.
Bengals notes: QB ANDY DALTON upheld for 268 yards with TD in final meeting. Is 1 of 2 QBs in authorization story (CARSON PALMER) with mixed seasons with 4,000+ pass yards. Ranked 4th in AFC with 53 comp. of 25+ yards final season. * RB JEREMY HILL is usually NFL actor with 9+ rush TDs in any of past 3 seasons. RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 79 struggle yards (40 rush, 39 rec.) final week. Has 146 struggle yards (73.0 per game) in his past 2 vs. Hou. Has 188 catches given 2013, 5th many among NFL RBs. * WR A.J. GREEN had team-high 74 rec. yards final week. Has 22 catches (7.3 per game) for 247 yards (82.3 per game) in 3 career meetings. Ranks 2nd in group story with 7,209 rec. yards. WR BRANDON LA FELL had 6 catches for 130 yards TD in final meeting. TE TYLER EIFERT has 18 rec. TDs given 2015, many among NFL TEs. WR TYLER BOYD ranked 4th among rookies with 603 rec. yards in 2016. * DT GENO ATKINS had pouch in final meeting. Leads NFL DTs with 53 sacks given 2010. Had pouch 2 TFL final week. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had FF in final meeting. Is authorization personality with 57 career sacks. Is 1 of 6 in NFL with 50+ sacks (57) 30+ PD (35) given 2010. LB VINCENT REY led group with 11 tackles final week. Has 21 tackles, pouch 2 PD in past 3. — NFL Communications
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