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Deshaun Watson's Debut As A Starting Quarterback Was Pretty Impressive

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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 the opening quarter, the Bengals were at the Houston 43, when Andy Dalton completed a 12-yard pass to John Ross who promptly fumbled the pigskin, the Texans Jadeveon Clowney recovered the ball and returned it for 48 yards to the Cincinnati 20 yard line.

It's quite rare when memes focus on the awfulness of an entire event and not just one team, but despite Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals looking awful against the Houston Texans, the whole Thursday Night Football experience deserved to be criticized. This should not come as a surprise, given Watson is the first true franchise quarterback O'Brien has had to work with since coming to the National Football League from Penn State.

Heisman trophy victor Watson was 15-for-24 passing for 125 yards against the Bengals, but more importantly, he was four for four for 46 yards and had two rushes for 53 yards including a 49-yard touchdown run on the Texans' lone touchdown drive. Additionally, each of the three tight ends was out against Cincinnati with an injury.

The Texans defensive line even with the injuries/suspensions is better than Cinci's offensive line. It's the 15th time the Bengals have started 0-2.

The victory brought the Texans to 1-1, avoiding falling into a 0-2 hole before they travel to New England in Week 3 to play the Patriots. The Texans used his size to make big catches and move the chains.

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Ross suffered a knee sprain in the Bengals' final preseason game on August 31, only two weeks ago. All three times, the Bengals blitzed and got the stop. Linebacker Brian Cushing is on that list too - and is now suspended 10 games for using PEDs - and J.J. Watt suffered a finger injury.

It came in the first half, but given the way the Bengals are playing on offense, it was indeed the decisive play. "That was a game-sealing touchdown right there".

Dalton's numbers weren't overwhelming bad Thursday as he went 20-for-35 passing for 224 yards. Johnson was impressive, finishing with 52 total tackles, one interception and nine pass defenses.

"I think the guys who stepped in did a great job". He's in the NFL's concussion protocol and has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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

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