TEXANS, 23-20

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 2 MATCH UP - Ben­gals QB Andy Dal­ton.

Con­sen­sus line: Ben­gals by 31⁄ Pre­dic­tion: The Texans and Ben­gals en­tered 2017 ready to put dis­ap­point­ing 2016 sea­sons be­hind them. Both fell com­pletely flat on their faces in dread­ful open­ers. Atro­cious of­fen­sive line play led to count­less sacks, quar­ter­back turnovers, early deficits, in­ef­fec­tive run­ning games and a few boos from


their home crowds. How do they re­cover? By win­ning in Week 2. Give a slight edge to the Texans, who have way too much tal­ent on de­fense to have a re­peat per­for­mance of Week 1. The pass rush will rat­tle Ben­gals QB Andy Dal­ton and force turnovers, and the of­fense will play with gen­er­ous field po­si­tion and squeak its way to vic­tory.

uS­TART: Texan RB La­mar Miller. Miller to­taled 96 yards from scrim­mage in a Week 1 loss to the Jaguars. The Ben­gals sur­ren­dered 157 rush­ing yards and a touch­down to op­pos­ing run­ning backs in their opener.

uSIT: Things won’t get any eas­ier for Dal­ton af­ter throw­ing for 170 yards and be­ing in­ter­cepted four times in a Week 1 loss to the Ravens. The Texans al­lowed 125 pass­ing yards last week and un­til the Ben­gals can es­tab­lish a run game, Dal­ton/s up­side is limited.

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