Bengals fall again on short turnaround to Texans 13-9

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Deshaun Watson was impressive during his first start as an National Football League quarterback Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans on Thursday night in Paul Brown Stadium (8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network), and there will be no shortage of drama for this week's game.

Jackson had a record night, picking up the first sack of his eight-year career when he took down Andy Dalton for a loss of four yards on the Bengals first offensive series. Deshaun Watson might be a solid starter one day, but that day is not today. But given just how bad both the Texans and Bengals were in their matchups, that doesn't seem particularly likely. O'Brien is not expecting any of those five players to be available, which is a tough blow to the Texans' depth this week. I love Watson and think he should have been starting from the beginning for Houston, but like Jared Goff with Jeff Fisher and his shitty crew, there's a fear he'll just be wasted this season with O'Brien.

The Houston Texans are coming from a 29-7 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. The Bengals ran the ball 24 times for 82 yards, for an average of 3.4 yards per carry. Quarterback Andy Dalton completed just 57 percent of his passes for a 76.4 rating, failing to make the most of superstar wide receiver A.J. Green. The Bengals will get a little help this week with the return of rookie wideout and first-round draft pick John Ross back to full health and back to the field.

The Bengals have looked flat-out very bad, scoring just nine points total - with no touchdowns - over their first two games.

With how poorly the Texans offensive line played against the Jaguars, it is hard to see Houston doing much better.

WATT BACK IN FORM: J.J. Watt raised more than $30 million for those affected when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. To bench him in favor of Savage - a guy who's clearly not the answer - at any point for reasons other than injury would be completely pointless.

Two plays later, Watson escaped a collapsing pocket on 3rd-and-15, broke a tackle and followed some exceptional downfield blocking en route to the game's only touchdown. Johnson was impressive, finishing with 52 total tackles, one interception and nine pass defenses.

For the Cincinnati Bengals, the struggles continue as they are 0-2 to begin the season. As a cherry on top, Brian Cushing received a ten-game suspension on Wednesday. They will now head on the road to take on the New England Patriots this Sunday.

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