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: Benardrick McKinney /

Texans at Bengals – The Ugly

The offenses in the first half:

The first 25 minutes or so of the first half was painful to watch.  Neither teams’ offense was playing with any aggressiveness.  It seemed as though they were just playing not to make mistakes.

It’s understandable for the Houston Texans and Deshaun Watson.  He’s a rookie so of course they wanted to protect him and limit his mistakes. But what’s the excuse for the Cincinnati Bengals and Andy Dalton?

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At one point in the first half it seemed like neither offense would even score.  Dalton looked tentative and about three of Watson’s passes should have been intercepted.  But it was the rookie Watson and, not the veteran Dalton who put the ball in the endzone.

The Bengals offense:

When it comes to the Cincinnati Bengals we’re seeing football ineptitude at historic proportions.  It’s hard to believe but here it is: The Bengals are the first team since the 1939 Eagles to start a season by playing 2 straight home games without scoring a touchdown.

As for the defense, I saw Bengals defenders playing hard.  I mentioned Geno Atkins earlier, but lets call it like it is.  While it’s true that the Bengals defense only gave up 13 points, but the Houston Texans were limited in what they could do on offense.  They were injury depleted and using offensive linemen for tight ends, but the Bengals still lost to them.