Fair or not, Texans' plan to play Deshaun Watson must succeed

Posted September 15, 2017

Oh yeah, Dalton also once made Watt cry on national TV after his final college game when they two met in the 2011 Rose Bowl so he should carry that with him tonight. The game is set for an 8:25 kickoff on the NFL Network.

But, you may say, the Texans' offensive line was the problem. Beckham was a game-time decision in Week One and could be again in Week Two, but the Giants could surely use them. After that Houston rang up a five game winning streak including those two playoff wins.

He did lose a fumble and throw an interception but also registered his first National Football League touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins and has earned the starting job for this game ahead of Savage. Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Jared Goff. those are all guys drafted since 2014 who endured rough-and-tumble rookie seasons, not to mention head coaching changes, and all came out the other side as franchise quarterbacks (although Goff's sample size of positivity is admittedly just one game, but still.it was a good game!). "Any showers will have moved off to the east by game time".

There's not much foreshadowing a Thursday night classic.

Houston owns the edge in the series with Cincinnati, winning seven of the last eight meetings straight up and going 7-2 against the spread over the last nine meetings. The Washington product put his blazing speed on display during the NFL Combine setting the record for the fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.22.

Watson and Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon exchanged jerseys on the field after the game. Both will need to get some offense going if they want to get one in the win column this week. It wasn't that close. He finished the game 12 of 23 for 102 yards and a touchdown. Texans allowed 10 sacks vs. Jaguars without LT Duane Brown, who is holding out.

The former Clemson quarterback entered in the third quarter of the Texans opener, and quickly led the team to their only touchdown of the afternoon. In the receiving end, A.J. Green posted 74 yards in five receptions while Bernard added 39 yards in a catch. 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.

It's tough to start out the week with this one.

The loss of starting tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and wide receiver Bruce Ellington to concussions will likely enhance Watson's reliance on Hopkins, making an already must start wide receiver even more attractive in PPR formats.