While the season is young, both teams looked like they may struggle after dropping their Week 1 games. Watson didn't necessarily have a bad game, but he didn't have a great one either.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver John Ross is brushing off the fact that he fumbled on the very first touch of his National Football League career on Thursday evening against the Houston Texans.
Part of the reason Texans coach Bill O'Brien is expected to start rookie QB Deshaun Watson is his ability to run and escape the rush.
He carried his momentum into this game by throwing 15-for-24 to get 125 yards total.
O'Brien understands the challenges of playing a rookie quarterback - he said all through the offseason, even before the Texans gave up two first-round picks to trade up and draft Watson, how hard it is to start at quarterback as a rookie - and he elected to go with Savage as the starter entering the regular season. Lamar Miller had 61 yards on 18 carries.
But the Bengals inexplicably ignored Green in a second half that saw him catch two passes for 3 yards, even with both of Houston's starting cornerbacks knocked out with injuries.
Cincinnati might have been worse, at least offensively.
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Whether Watt's finger injury becomes a major problem in the weeks to come remains to be seen. "We got to find a way to get our playmakers the ball". This team was shut out and quarterback Andy Dalton threw four interceptions in their 20-0 loss. Joe Mixon was the leading rusher with 36 yards on 9 carries. "You are not going to win without them.Being one of the leaders of the offense I feel like - no disrespect to nobody else - that ball should be mine somewhere somehow". Obviously there's a lot going on emotionally with Houston and that could have played a role in the season-opener. It's still early, but Houston is second in their AFC South division to the 1-0 Jaguars.
"What we talk to quarterbacks about all the time is put us in the play that you can", Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan said.
Meanwhile, the Bengals are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games in Week 2, and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus a team with a losing record. Being 0-2 without scoring a single touchdown in those two games?