By Sean McQuilkin
The Houston Texans (1-1) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) by a score of 13-9 on Thursday night. This game was certainly a defensive slugfest, as the only touchdown was scored on a 49 yard run by rookie Deshaun Watson late in the second quarter. The rest of the Texans points came from the foot of Ka’imi Fairbairn. The Bengals have not scored a touchdown this year through eight quarters, and are the first team in 78 years to not score through their first five quarters, joining the 1939 Eagles. The Bengals finally broke through a little over a minute into the second quarter, with a Randy Bullock 39 yard field goal. However, field goals was all the Bengals could manage in this game, as they settled for three Bullock field goals. Texans rookie Quarterback Deshaun Watson was making his first career start, and did not disappoint, throwing for 125 yards with no touchdowns and ran for an additional 67 on the ground, with a rushing touchdown. On the other hand, Andy Dalton, despite throwing for 99 more yards, was disappointing and did not spark the Bengals offense. In the Bengals last 18 games, Dalton has thrown for 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. It is hard to score points when the Quarterback hasn’t thrown for more than a touchdown a game. Corresponding with this, the Bengals are 6-11-1 in their last 18 games. After this game, the Bengals fired their offensive coordinator, a sign of how dire the times are.