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NFL : First Half Matchup
Thursday 9/14/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



HOUSTON (0 - 1) at CINCINNATI (0 - 1)
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Week 2 Thursday, 9/14/2017 8:25 PM
Board First Half
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-1-2.30-10-17.00.0203.0(3.4)
Last 3 Games0-1-2.30-10-17.00.0203.0(3.4)
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.702330:5523-93(4)19-3652.8%110(3.1)59-203(3.4)(29)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.29191930:0539-155(4)11-2152.4%125(6)60-280(4.7)(9.7)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against134412-541.7%1-00.0%1-24(24)21-1(21)9-94
Stats Against (All Games) 12-325.0%1-1100.0%0-0(0)1-7(7)10-89
Opponents Avg. Stats For000 12-325.0%1-1100.0%0-0(0)7-1(7)10-89

CINCINNATI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-1-1.40-10-10.00.0221.0(4.2)
Home Games0-1-1.40-10-10.00.0221.0(4.2)
Last 3 Games0-1-1.40-10-10.00.0221.0(4.2)
Turf Games0-1-1.40-10-10.00.0221.0(4.2)
CINCINNATI - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.001426:0022-77(3.5)16-3151.6%144(4.6)53-221(4.2)(2.21E+07)
Offense Home Games0.00.014.025:6022-77(3.5)16-3151.6%144(4.6)53-221(4.2)(221000000)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.20171734:0042-157(3.7)9-1752.9%111(6.5)59-268(4.5)(13.4)
Defense Home Games20.017.017.033:6042-157(3.7)9-1752.9%111(6.5)59-268(4.5)(13.4)
CINCINNATI - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against415613-430.8%1-00.0%1-11(11)14-3(4.7)9-66
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-642.9%0-00.0%0-0(0)3-23(7.7)11-85
Opponents Avg. Stats For101 14-642.9%0-00.0%0-0(0)23-3(7.7)11-85
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-642.9%0-00.0%0-0(0)3-23(7.7)11-85
Average power rating of opponents played: HOUSTON 19,  CINCINNATI 25
HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/14/2017@ CINCINNATI            
9/24/2017@ NEW ENGLAND            
10/8/2017KANSAS CITY            

CINCINNATI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/24/2017@ GREEN BAY            
10/1/2017@ CLEVELAND            
HOUSTON: Houston's roster may be just a QB away from title contention. Rookie QB Deshaun Watson will be the starter before long, but is severely lacking experience in a pro-style offense. Stud WR DeAndre Hopkins never built a rapport with Brock Osweiler last season, and second-year WRs Will Fuller and Braxton Miller should have increased roles in 2017. RB Lamar Miller would benefit from a quality passing game to keep defenses honest. The world received further proof of how astoundingly overrated DL J.J. Watt is, as the Texans gave up the fewest yards in the NFL despite Watt having been limited to one solo tackle over three September games before being placed on injured reserve. Their defensive front is stocked with pass-rushing talent, DE Jadeveon Clowney and LB Whitney Mercilus among them, and opponents have not yet found a solution to their blitzing schemes. The loss of top-tier CB A.J. Bouye is a concern, though 2015 first-rounder CB Kevin Johnson is returning from a broken foot that cost him most of 2016.
CINCINNATI: Cincinnati's offensive woes last season were a product of poor offensive line play, and they lost their two most reliable linemen (Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler) this offseason. Rookies RB Joe Mixon and WR John Ross are big-play threats, WR A.J. Green is a nightmare to defend and TE Tyler Eifert can dominate in the red-zone. While QB Andy Dalton is more of a game-manager than a playmaker, he has more weapons than ever. Longtime defensive line tandem DE Carlos Dunlap and DT Geno Atkins are monsters up front, each contributing over 50 career sacks for Cincy. LB Vontaze Burfict is productive when he stays out of trouble, and former Cardinals LB Kevin Minter is an upgrade in the middle of the defense. The secondary is lackluster, but has some depth at CB with former first-rounders Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson waiting in wings.
Texans already in panic mode ahead of Week 2 clash with Bengals?

HOUSTON -- There are precious few Week 1 concerns so pressing that a team would consider its season a catastrophe should they manifest themslves. However, the Houston Texans' construction of their offensive line has laid bare issues at quarterback and put the viability of their season at risk.

Even after the franchise traded up in the first round of the draft to select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson 12th overall, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien stood firm on his commitment to fourth-year veteran Tom Savage as his starting signal-caller, citing both experience and familiarity with the offense as primary reasons behind that decision.

Thirty minutes into the first game of the season, O'Brien flip-flopped, benching Savage at the intermission of the Texans' embarrassing 29-7 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and tossing his rookie feet first into the fire, a blaze raging behind an offensive line functioning more like a sieve. With Savage sacked six times in the first half, O'Brien deduced that the mobile Watson could effectively elude pressure and provide the Texans a sorely needed offensive spark.

The Jaguars dumped Watson four times in the second half. An offensive line missing right tackle Derek Newton, sidelined following surgery to repair both patellar tendons, and left tackle Duane Brown, holding out over a contract dispute, wasn't any more effective at protecting Watson than it was Savage. Guards Jeff Allen and Xavier Su'a-Filo and replacement tackles Kendall Lamm and Breno Giacomini underperformed badly, surrendering pressure repeatedly.

Now, with the Texans (0-1) set to face the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) in Cincinnati on Thursday night, O'Brien appears poised to shift his allegiance to Watson despite there being no evidence that Watson will survive, let alone excel, behind the turnstiles charged with providing him a suitable pocket. O'Brien did not publicly commit to Watson as his starter, but according to published reports that is the direction the Texans are leaning as they strive to revive an offensive pulse.

"I don't think it changes that much for either guy," O'Brien said. "They both obviously have different skillsets. There's maybe three or four different plays that we run and vice versa that the other guy doesn't run, but it (the offense) doesn't really change too much."

Complicating matters should Watson earn his first career start is an avalanche of offensive injuries. Allen (ankle) will not Thursday, giving way to another backup, Greg Mancz. The Texans' tight-end depth chart was obliterated by concussions, with C.J. Fiedorowicz, who was on Tuesday placed on injured reserve, Ryan Griffin, and Stephen Anderson all concussed against the Jaguars. Houston also lost receiver Bruce Ellington, who enjoyed a productive preseason, to a concussion, but will welcome back receiver Jaelen Strong from his one-game suspension.

Whatever decision is made at quarterback, the offensive line remains broken and the depth chart compromised. That makes for a volatile mix liable to explode with additional agitation.

"No, I'm not waiting to have that conversation," Savage said. "I don't think he (O'Brien) owes either of us any explanation. We just have to be ready. That's called being a professional."

The Bengals aren't in the position to scoff at the Texans' struggles. In absorbing a home shutout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati mustered a measly 221 total yards on 58 plays.

For all the promise assigned to rookie running back Joe Mixon, he produced just nine yards on eight carries in his debut. The Bengals' tailback depth, with Mixon supporting accomplished veterans Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, amassed only 75 yards on 21 carries, or 3.6 per rush.

However, the most galling development was the woeful performance of veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, who completed 16 of 31 attempts for 170 yards with four interceptions. He posted a 28.4 passer rating and, by that metric, delivered his worst showing since Nov. 6, 2014, when he passed for 86 yards with three interceptions in a 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Given their sub-.500 finish of 2016, their first following five consecutive postseason berths, the last thing Cincinnati anticipated in its opener was Dalton struggling so mightily in defeat.

"It happened," Dalton said. "Not the start that we wanted to have but for us, our mindset is we have 15 more. There's a long season ahead of us, and so we're pushing to do whatever we can to get a win this week on Thursday."

Said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis: "I'm very confident that Andy will (bounce back). That's uncharacteristic ... to his play. We need him to play better and I expect him to play better as we move forward."

Last Updated: 6/24/2018 4:03:04 AM EST

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