3 keys to Houston Texans match-up with Cincinnati Bengals

3 keys to Houston Texans match-up with Cincinnati Bengals

From his snazzy bowtie to his game-turning scramble, he did it all his style. Hopkins scored the Texans' only touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Watson.

Frankly, if the Texans are going to escape with a win tonight and bounce back from Sunday's debacle against the Jaguars, the recipe will probably be similar to the past two seasons - low scoring, ugly, defensive struggle, decided in the waning moments.

Yes, it was that easy. The score put Houston ahead 10-3 before the half at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Texans moved up in the first round of the 2017 nfl draft to select Watson. Now he gets a chance to build from the ground up with his new starter under center, while Tom Savage takes on a backup role. Marvin Lewis has been there, done that.

"I just knew I had to make a play", Watson told NFL Network after the 13-9 win. To make matters even more hard, the schedules don't get any easier in Week 3, with Houston heading to New England and Cincinnati traveling to Green Bay following Thursday night's clash.

Dalton, who was intercepted four times on the day, became the first Bengals quarterback to throw four picked in a season opener since Jeff Blake in 1995. Here are the one-on-one battles to keep an eye on this Thursday night. Dalton fell to 1-6 career against the Texans, including a pair of playoff losses. Well, you don't sit A.J. Green. "We practice well, but when it comes to the game, we're out of character". Houston doesn't even have a healthy tight end on the roster with all three now in the concussion protocol.

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The rookie quarterback put on a stellar show, and gave himself the best birthday gift any National Football League quarterback can ask for under center: a win.

As for the quarterback play, it can't be good if there were 15 sacks.

The five-time Pro Bowler has 20 sacks in the last two seasons, and already notched one in Week 1. Tom Savage was bad and Deshaun Watson wasn't a whole lot better, but his mobility gives the Texans a fighting chance from the quarterback position. J.J. Watt suffered a hand injury, and all the excitement of the Texans return to Houston vanished.

Watson, a rookie out of Clemson, played the second half in the Texans' season-opening loss versus Jacksonville, going 12-of-23 for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Obviously, avoiding turnovers will be vital for Dalton on Thursday night.

Watson and Bengals rookie running back Joe Mixon exchanged jerseys on the field after the game.