He did lose a fumble and throw an interception but also registered his first National Football League touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins and has earned the starting job for this game ahead of Savage.
Watson earned the start after passing for 102 yards with a TD and an interception after taking over for Tom Savage in the second half of last week's loss to Jacksonville. Veteran left tackle Duane Brown is holding out., and center Nick Martin was playing in his first game last week after missing his rookie season in 2016 with an injury.
"The decision to go with Deshaun really didn't have a whole lot to do with.it had more to do with could we find the spark?"
This game will be much like the last one these two played. It produced just 93 yards on 23 attempts-with 16 of those yards coming from Watson. He has never missed a game. The Bengals made Terrell Suggs look like he was 22 years old again. Andy Dalton threw four interceptions and lost a fumble. He was downright bad, although it would have been hard to excel considering the play of his O-line. An offensive line missing right tackle Derek Newton, sidelined following surgery to fix both patellar tendons, and left tackle Duane Brown, holding out over a contract dispute, wasn't any more effective at protecting Watson than it was Savage. Cincinnati was also held to 77 yards on the ground as the Baltimore defense harassed them most of the game.More news: Pelosi Won't Endorse Single-Payer Bill, Says It's Not A Litmus Test
The Bengals did little to solve their jumbled situation in the backfield, either. Despite this fact, Green is a must start along with tight end Tyler Eifert, who was limited to one catch for four yards last week. No chance. Between Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon, all had between 6-8 carries. Hopefully for the Cincinnati Bengals, John Ross is able to similarly bounce back from his first career blunder. Deshaun Watson might be the franchise QB the Texans need, but a road win over a veteran team on a short week in his first start might be too much to ask.
Impact player: D'onta Foreman. Know when it's time to get the ball out of your hands or know when it's time to tuck and go.
No one is going to ream you for starting Lamar Miller. Houston, meanwhile, gave Cincy a run for its money. Depending on how he does, the Bengals defense could be in for a challenging night.