Cincinnati Bengals vs Houston Texans Tips and Odds - NFL 2017

JJ Watt and the defense can help Houston hit form in Cincinnati

Houston Coach Bill O'Brien hasn't made an official announcement, although the decision to start Watson was expected after first-game starter Tom Savage struggled mightily in the team's 29-7 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. In Week 1, they were shut out 20-0 at home by the Baltimore Ravens, and followed that up by losing 13-9 at home to the Texans and a quarterback making his first National Football League start.

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans looks to pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on September 14, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

J.J. Watt delivered a lights-out tackle to close out the Texans vs. Bengals game with a figurative and literal bang Thursday night.

On first down with 1:18 left in the first half, Watson dropped back only to get his official "welcome to the NFL" moment, courtesy of Bengals All-Pro DT Geno Atkins.

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. All three starting tight ends made the inactive list and no moves were made to bring back Duane Brown to help this terrible offensive line.

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The Texans defensive line even with the injuries/suspensions is better than Cinci's offensive line. Despite that, he led Houston to a win on his 22nd birthday. The Texans allowed 280 yards (125 passing, 155 rushing) while the Bengals allowed just 278 (121 passing, 157 rushing).

Dalton's nightmarish Week 1 display was identified by Elias Sports Bureau as one of the worst QBR performance all-time after his 4 interceptions were backed up by 5 sacks, a fumble and a 28.4 QB rating. Hopkins earned the starting right guard spot in preseason, but now is feared out for an extended period of time. Houston's defense will dominate it. J.J. Watt will be in the game more. His 49-yard touchdown scamper was the biggest play of the game.

Two teams that have consistently made the playoffs over the past few years - with a few exceptions - face off tonight on Thursday Night Football. The Texans, with or without holdout left tackle Duane Brown, feature an offensive line that is going to be problematic for the foreseeable future.

Houston appears to be making a change at quarterback. "Those guys showed that tonight and I think they did a great job". He was 20 of 35 for 224 yards with three sacks.

The downside to this early season action is exposing Watson before he is ready to shoulder the responsibility.

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