TEXANS (0-1) VS. BENGALS (0-1)
THURSDAY, 8:25 P.M. ET, PAUL BROWN STADIUM, CINCINNATIuTV: NFL NETWORK, DIRECTV 212
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox.
About the Texans: Taking the field in front of an emotional, rowdy NRG Stadium crowd eager to escape the devastation and flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the Texans were hit hard early and often in their 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. QB was sacked six times and lost two fumbles in the first half and the Texans trailed 19-0 at the break. After halftime, rookie QB
replaced Savage and threw a touchdown pass on his first drive. After that, he was sacked four times and committed two turnovers. So, who starts on the short turnaround in Week 2? “Right now, we’re just trying to figure it out,” Texans coach said after the loss. “I don’t know. I’ll think about it a long time tonight.”
About the Bengals: QB getting back all of his weapons and had a three-headed monster at running back in Week 1. But the game ended up a jumbled mess in a 20-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Dalton threw four interceptions, lost a fumble and was sacked five times. WR was held in check with 74 yards and five catches, TE was neutralized and the RB committee of
and rookie combined for 75 rushing yards on 20 attempts. The defense saw drives extended by penalty after penalty and ran out of gas after falling in an early hole. The Bengals have a short time to dwell on the loss before facing a team that also suffered an embarrassing season-opening loss. was
Way too DeAndre Hopkins should have better results against the Bengals in Week 2.
often in Week 1, Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette ran right through the defensive line and linebackers before he was finally slowed by the secondary. McKinney led the team with nine tackles and the Texans’ linebackers struggled after left the game with a concussion. If Hill and the Bengals runners can get into the second and third levels against Houston, they’ll have a lot more success.
No matter who was under center for the Texans in Week 1, Hopkins was always the first look. He was frequently tailed by Jacksonville’s physical corners and drew nearly a half-dozen pass interference penalties, finishing with just seven catches for 55 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets. He should have a little more breathing room against the Bengals and could put up big numbers.
Between Savage, Watson and Dalton, the Texans and Bengals quarterbacks combined for nine turnovers in Week 1 and were sacked 15 times.
KEYS TO VICTORY
1. Protecting the quarterback: After disastrous performances from both offensive lines, the blocking will have to be much better in Week 2 for the passing games to find momentum.
2. Yards per play: Both offenses struggled because of conservative play calling and ineffective execution. The Bengals averaged 3.8 yards per play, while the Texans put 2.9.
3. Avoiding the yellow: Houston got more than a third of its first downs through Jacksonville penalties, but the Texans lost 94 yards on penalties. Cincinnati committed nine penalties for a loss of 66 yards and gave Baltimore four free first downs.
4. Playing the sacks: The Texans have way too much talent between pass rushers
and to have zero sacks as they did in Week 1. Watt and Clowney combined for two tackles and rarely pressured the passer.
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