Two 0-1 teams, in desperate need of a pick-me-up after embarrassing Week 1 home losses, met in Cincinnati on Thursday night. They were supposed to play a game of professional football, but instead, participated in something that loosely resembled a professional football game, but wasn’t quite a professional football game.
The Texans and Bengals weren’t so bad that they set football back a century — that honor still belongs to last year’s Rams and 49ers — but they came awfully close. In the end, it was Houston who emerged with an ugly, yet important win, topping the Bengals 13-9.
In Week 1, the Bengals got blanked 20-0 by the Ravens when Andy Dalton averaged 5.5 yards per pass, tossed four picks, and accumulated a 28.4 passer rating. The Texans didn’t fare much better in their season opener, losing at home to the Jaguars, giving up 10 sacks and 29 points, and benching Tom Savage midway through the game for rookie Deshaun Watson. It was a disaster. So both teams were certainly in need of a rebound to avoid dropping to 0-2.