Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals: Matchups to watch on Thursday night

Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals: Matchups to watch on Thursday night

Texans lead series, 5-4.

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.

After this first victory, the Texans did not lose to the Bengals during Gary Kubiak's tenure as coach, including in the first playoff game in franchise history.

Six NFL teams opened the season scoring in single digits. The Texans are now ahead 10-9 at halftime.

If the Houston Texans offense was a train wreck in Week 1 against Jacksonville, then the Bengals were the Titanic. He's in the NFL's concussion protocol and has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Talk about ending the game with authority!

Myles Garrett out 2 weeks, maybe more
The best way to reach Minneapolis the first weekend in February is if they get to stay at Heinz Field for as long as possible. At one time, this was as lopsided a rivalry as there was in the league. "We did release the player, and we are moving on".

On the final play with multiple laterals, Dalton got the ball back and threw it to center Russell Bodine, who was leveled by J.J. Watt to end the game. But the Houston offensive line may be in worse shape than the Bengals, and it took the Ravens more than 40 carries to rack up those yards.

-Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins vs. Bengals CB Adam Jones.

Dalton was 16 of 31 passing for 170 yards and suffered four interceptions. Jones returns from a one-game suspension. The only ball that didn't was the strip-sack fumble that they called incomplete.

John Ross, CJ Uzomah and Shawn Williams are all questionable. His first opportunity to show off his skill set is Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. This week, five Texans players will be going through the league's concussion protocol, which means their availability for a Thursday night game could be in serious doubt given the short turnaround this week. Instead, by playing him in the second half on Sunday, O'Brien sped up Watson's development and made it very hard to go back to Savage. He was 20 of 35 for 224 yards with three sacks. He ranks second in team history with 7,209 yards receiving.

Maybe one of these teams will prove that their Week 1 shortcomings were a fluke.

Baylis was a member of the Houston Texans Practice Squad and signed with the club. We will see, but the football gods whacked the Texans pretty good in the Week 1 injury department. That will be a big draw to watch the game, butDalton will certainly do his best to avoid opening the season 0-2 at home.