After two straight solid seasons, Dalton has started 2017 with zero touchdown passes (obviously), four interceptions, one fumble lost, and a 47.2 quarterback rating. "I thought last night he really learned during the game, and that was pretty good to see".
According to multiple reports, the former Clemson star will get the start Thursday - on his 22nd birthday, no less - when the Texans (0-1) play at Cincinnati (0-1). Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney plucked it out of the air and returned it 49 yards to the Cincinnati 20 to set up Houston's first points. He also said he timed Savage's throws to see if Savage held onto the ball too long and found that on every play but one Savage was sacked within three seconds.
"He went seven-for-13. Twelve of those 13 balls touched the receivers hands".
History is on his side.
That's almost four score, which is one more score than the Bengals have posted after managing three field goals in Thursday night's 13-9 loss to Houston on the heels of a 20-0 blanking in the opener . The crowd of 55,254 - 10,000 below stadium capacity - jeered him off the field. Seconds after Bodine was able to finally bring in Dalton's pass, Watt clobbered the helpless lineman. You can hide a bad game during a full Sunday roster. The story of the game was the Jacksonville Defense who out rushed and outplayed the Texans Offense.
The Bengals are 1-8 in their last nine games against the Texans, and in the last six they have scored an average of 11.7 points. He ran five times for a team-high 67 yards and completed 15 of 24 passes for 125 yards with no interceptions and three sacks. The pressure is on head coach Marvin Lewis to get the offense in gear, and with the Texans being a bit banged up from the opener, there will be little room for excuses. "He's going to make some mistakes, and it's on us to keep working with him and minimize his mistakes and get rid of them, not repeat them".
Deshaun Watson showed up in a black tuxedo for his first National Football League start. If the Bengals ever get near a goal line, we'll find out.
Ross gained 25 yards on another jet sweep in the preseason finale vs. the Colts, but injured his knee on the play. He was hoping to make a splash against the Jaguars, but managed only one tackle and one hit on the quarterback. However, one had to bounce back, and it was the Texans. After that Houston rang up a five game winning streak including those two playoff wins.
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. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz went on injured reserve with a concussion, and two other tight ends, Stephen Anderson and Ryan Griffin, are out with concussions, along with LB Brian Cushing and WR Bruce Ellington.
Game 1 of the why-are-these-guys-playing-on-Thursday had all the makings of following the test-pattern dullness of last year's Thursday night fare, when a temporary restraining order should have been sought.