Texans at Bengals: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Deshaun Watson /
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Texans at Bengals
CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 14: Deshaun Watson /

Texans at Bengals was a game controlled by defense. But the Houston Texans went on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 13-9.  Here is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Texans at Bengals – The Good

Deshaun Watson:

This is why you start Deshaun Watson over Tom Savage in Texans at Bengals.  Because he brings an intangible to the table that Savage never could.  The ability to make something out of nothing.  To keep plays alive and use his athleticism to make things happen.

When it seemed the Bengals defense was getting best of him, that 49 yard touchdown run turned the game around.  Geno Atkins had just obliterated Watson with a devastating sack.  But then you crack open lighting in a bottle and the next thing you know the Texans are in the lead.

DeShaun Watson wasn’t perfect but he made plays when he needed to and led the Texans to a much-needed win.

DeAndre Hopkins:

For a player like A.J. Green who’s one of the best receivers in the NFL, sometimes it’s seems as though Andy Dalton just doesn’t know what he has.  A.J. Green should be getting a lot more passes thrown his way by Dalton.

But Deshaun Watson knows what he has in DeAndre Hopkins.  Watson made sure he got the ball to Hopkins when the game was on the line and Hopkins took over late in the game. The Texans used his size to make big catches and move the chains.

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Geno Atkins:

Geno Atkins was dominant in all facets of the game.  He was stout in the middle of the defense and effective stopping the run.  As a pass rusher he pressured Deshaun Watson the entire game and laid some brutal hits on him too.

When the Bengals defense needed a big play, Geno Atkins was the man to make them.  It’s just too bad that Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense couldn’t do the same.