Houston Texans lead Cincinnati Bengals 13-9

JJ Watt and the defense can help Houston hit form in Cincinnati

NFL Week 2 TNF pick: Look for Bengals to rebound vs. overmatched Texans

A national championship game victor at Alabama, Watson engineered a victory in his first NFL start while celebrating his 22nd birthday as the Texans held off the Bengals for a narrow 13-9 win at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati were shut-out 20-0 by Baltimore as quarterback Andy Dalton turned the ball over five times - twice on intended touchdown passes in the end zone - to earn an anaemic passer rating of just 28.4, the second worst of his career. "We kind of shuffled some guys around", Jackson said.

Ross' first touch came on a running play. One thing is certain though, Watt's going to be glad that the Texans have a few extra days off before their Week 3 game against the Patriots. Houston Texans?on Thursday night, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. And on two critical third-and-short situations late in the game, Houston was unable to maintain possession, as D'Onta Foreman was stuffed behind the line both times. The last time a team hasn't scored a touchdown at home in the first two home games was the 1939 Philadelphia Eagles.

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"It wasn't flawless", Texans had coach Bill O'Brien said.

After Thursday's game, he said he had to check if his finger was still attached.

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"I am shocked. Yes I am", coach Marvin Lewis said of his offense's performance through the first two weeks of the season so far, via the team's official website.

The Houston Texans (0-1) are heading to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1). By the end of Sunday, Cincinnati's total should sit well outside of the top 25. Not only did they both suffer humiliating defeats in the NFL's opening weekend slate of games, but both teams' offenses were awful.

Watson played behind a line which was much better than it was against the Jaguars when the group allowed 10 sacks.

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He said he even asked two National Football League personnel people to watch the film and evaluate the performance, saying that they found that 12 of Savage's 13 passes touched receivers' hands. 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.

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