6 things to know about Bengals loss to Texans


The Bengals have not only yet to win this season, they've yet to even score - as they fell to the Ravens 20-0.

But however Deshaun Watson looked in his first National Football League start - a 13-9 win for the Houston Texans over the Cincinnati Bengals - head coach Bill O'Brien said he'll only be getting better.

Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton had an average game going 16 for 31 and throwing for 170 yards.

BAITING THE ROOKIE: The Bengals are preparing for Watson and figure they'll have a big advantage with a rookie making his first start on the road in a night game. He avoided the rush and ran 49 yards for a 10-3 lead late in the first half, dashing past befuddled defenders.

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Other than Watson's stand-out moment, it was only the kickers that got on the scoresheet, Randy Bullock's three efforts giving the Bengals their first points of the season while the game was bookended by Kai Fairbairn's 26 and 42-yard efforts in the first and fourth quarter.

Houston had all three of their tight ends out so Evan Baylis had to be moved up from the practice squad. Despite that, he led Houston to a win on his 22nd birthday.

BAD NUMBERS: The Texans last opened a season 0-2 in 2015. Hopkins caught seven passes for 73 yards, and most of that came after halftime. This is only the second time I've done this in my career and it's only to defend a client where I felt he wasn't getting defended properly by the team or the media.

Ross suffered a knee sprain in the Bengals' final preseason game on August 31, only two weeks ago.

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When you're set to face off against the Houston Texans, opposing offensive linemen usually fear having to block J.J. Watt.

Andy Dalton 20/35 224 yards. While the Texans offensive line is partly to blame for Savage's performance in the Jaguars game, he hasn't been able to show that he is the long-term answer for the Texans.

WATT BACK IN FORM: J.J. Watt raised more than $30 million for those affected when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. "My receivers and everyone that was downfield did a good job of blocking for me".

The Texans relied heavily on their rushing attack, with 168 yards, including Watson's 67. Johnson was impressive, finishing with 52 total tackles, one interception and nine pass defenses. Lamar Miller had 18 carries for 61 yards and D'Onta Foreman had 12 carries for 40 yards. The offense slipped last season with Ken Zampese in his first season as coordinator, with injuries gutting the unit at midseason.

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The Texans didn't know they were going to bench Tom Savage during the first half of the first game.