Both teams are looking for their first win of the season after coming off home season-opening losses.
"I thought K-Jack played one of the best games he's had since I've been here", head coach Bill O'Brien said Friday. The Bengals didn't get gashed as much as worn down in a game where they got no help from their offense. And Watson provided a spark when he started the second half, leading the Texans to their only TD.
"We are playing like s-- right now", he said.
It took almost a whole quarter for one team to score as each team traded punts a field position for most of the first quarter. "You try to learn as much as you can with each rep. Just a very smart player and he's a very valuable player to our team because he can do so many different things, and he played really well". "We're going to have to look at it and see what we can do differently". But Miller is likely one of your top four picks so it would be hard to not start him.
"If he threw two pick-6s in the first half, I get it".
With a backup quarterback the caliber of AJ McCarron it only makes sense that questions about a quarterback change would come up. "But that was a good play by (Jackson)". Ross has speed and ability to stretch the field. "So that's a learning experience". You always want to learn from stuff like this.
"I just knew I had to make a play", Watson told NFL Network. Coach Marvin Lewis said after the game it was not medical related without elaborating.
The Texans also struggled to score, but rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson showed flashes of brilliance throughout the game, breaking away for an unlikely 49-yard touchdown run near the end of the second quarter. He also leveled center Russell Bodine on the game's final play after he got a lateral. The Texans kept it simple, and Watson avoided the game-turning mistake despite heavy pressure from the Bengals. He seemed jittery in the pocket at times and delivered at least two passes that should've ended in six points for the other team. Geno Atkins had just obliterated Watson with a devastating sack. A year ago they were just bad or injured.
But Eifert was penalized for an illegal touch because he stepped out of bounds before catching the pass. He defended me. And the most important thing is I have this team's back. "That's pretty basic stuff". Dalton was 20-35 for 224 yards. "I don't know what we're doing out there". "I didn't see him step out".
Watson was 15 of 24 for 125 yards with three sacks and no interceptions.
Bengals: CB Adam "Pacman" Jones returned from his one-game National Football League suspension for an off-season conviction and hurt his right elbow in the fourth quarter, but returned and finished the game.