Texans already in panic mode ahead of Week 2 clash with Bengals?

Texans already in panic mode ahead of Week 2 clash with Bengals?”

They were shutout versus the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. If you have nothing better, we're not going to drop Tyler Eifert to find another tight end, we're just going to let out a heavy sigh as we click on start then wish upon a star this looks nothing like his invisible opener. There's more. Six other players will sit out Thursday's game including linebacker Brian Cushing (concussion), wide receiver Bruce Ellington (concussion), tight end Ryan Griffin (concussion), guard Jeff Allen (ankle) and tight end Stephen Anderson (concussion). Early-week betting trends favor the Bengals, who are seeing 55 percent of the action at the current line despite having lost seven of the last eight meetings. "Every play except for the one that was third and 12 [where] he got sacked was less than three seconds".

Both teams are looking for their first win of the season after coming off home season-opening losses.

The Gators will have to deliver answers on the field Saturday, but McElwain reiterated he was encouraged by the attitude he's seen from the team in practice.

Said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis: "I'm very confident that Andy will (bounce back)".

There's an interesting situation unfolding right now on the Cincinnati sports scene. But given just how bad both the Texans and Bengals were in their matchups, that doesn't seem particularly likely. Fortunately for the Bengals, Ross gives them plenty of offensive options. An offense that was better than the final score on Sunday would suggest. The result was a meandering punt fest that won't help Thursday Night Football's low reputation.

The Texans do have several holes - the biggest one the offensive line - and by trading away quarterback Brock Osweiler in March and trading up to draft Watson, general manager Rick Smith mortgaged the future on Watson being the eventual face of the franchise.

Head coach Bill O'Brien and the Texans understand that starting Watson at this point in his career isn't ideal, and while he wasn't flawless in his first National Football League start, the Clemson product at least showed some progress from his Week 1 performance, which is what the Texans are hoping for. Depending on how he does, the Bengals defense could be in for a challenging night.

Meanwhile, Watson enters as the favorite to get the nod to start.

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Bengals WR John Ross, the ninth overall pick out of Washington, will play tonight after an injury kept him out of the opener, according to NFL Networks's Ian Rapoport.

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