This will just be the 12th match up between the two teams with the Texans holding the edge at 7-4. Starting the season 0-2 - with both losses coming at home - in a division with the Steelers and Ravens would be a rather deep hole.
Cincinnati won the first three games of the series including beginning in the Texans' inaugural year of 2002 until October 2005. The Texans faced a 3rd and 15 when Watson would take off and run for 49-yards and the touchdown with just 0:50 seconds left in half. With 516 total yards through two games, they rank second in the National Football League - ahead of the Texans, but behind the Kansas City Chiefs, who amassed 537 yards in their lone game against New England. Seven were completions, five were drops. The game is on during prime time, the equivalent of kryptonite for Dalton.
Ross gained 25 yards on another jet sweep in the preseason finale vs. the Colts, but injured his knee on the play. The players going through the concussion protocol this week in Houston are linebacker Brian Cushing, wide receiver Bruce Ellington, and all three tight ends on the roster: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin, and Stephen Anderson.
Savage was abruptly benched at halftime last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars and replaced by rookie Deshaun Watson, drawing a strong reaction from veteran agent Neil Schwartz, who strongly second-guessed the decision. Geno Atkins had just obliterated Watson with a devastating sack. "Even before Dalton's fourth interception of the day (of five total turnovers), the team's drives were ugly". A duo other teams would love to have.
"I don't really get nervous when I step on the field", Watson said. He defended me. And the most important thing is I have this team's back. Texans fans may be excited to see their potential quarterback of the future already on the field, but Houston is playing a risky game rolling the dice with Watson so soon.
Dalton's numbers weren't overwhelming bad Thursday as he went 20-for-35 passing for 224 yards. If anything, pressure seems to make Watson shine all the more. If he doesn't, Dalton will get eaten alive. After a.90 point outing in Week One where he was barely targeted, it is tough to see him having a bigger impact.
The win gave DeShaun Watson a nice gift as Thursday was also the former Clemson QB's birthday. Dalton was among the NFL's most-sacked quarterbacks last season, dropped 41 times. Clark was guilty of a bad hold, but even more unforgivable was his lack of awareness that almost got his quarterback decapitated.