Nobody might have been stunned on the slog Houston and Cincinnati created Thursday night time at Paul Brown Stadium, with the Texans beginning a rookie quarterback in Deshaun Watson 4 days after giving up 10 sacks and making a change at that place whereas scoring seven factors. And, the Bengals have been coming off a shutout and 5-turnover efficiency at residence the place Andy Dalton was sacked 5 occasions.

So, a ten-9 last appeared nearly proper.

Sadly for the Bengals, they have been on the fallacious finish but once more of their current rivalry with the Texans (1-1) to drop to zero-2 on the season.

“I’m simply dissatisfied,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stated. “We’re a greater soccer group than we’ve gone out right here and confirmed in two weeks.”

And, for the second straight week, the offense couldn’t puncture the top zone or maintain drives – regardless of being gifted with prime subject place. There was yet one more robust defensive effort on paper towards a Texans offense that, like Baltimore’s, was severely restricted within the passing recreation. However, for the second straight week they allowed an opponent a scoring play on third down.

These are the current foils for the Bengals offense and protection, they usually remained painfully so.

The Bengals squandered drives that started at their very own forty six (punt), forty five (punt), the Houston 38 (fumble) and personal forty seven (punt). They did handle drives to get three Randy Bullock area objectives – however the final one was a results of tight finish Tyler Eifert stepping out of bounds when Andy Dalton discovered him alone in the long run zone for a go-forward landing, rendering him ineligible to the touch the ball.

“All of us need to look within the mirror and be accountable for our personal particular person matchups,” Eifert stated. “It begins there. The efficiency tonight was not acceptable and we now have to discover a option to do higher.”

Defensively, there once more was little to criticize. The Bengals hounded Watson all night time, and managed to pressure eight punts on eleven significant Texans possessions. The issue was that, like final week’s forty eight-yard landing catch-and-run on third-and-7 by the Ravens, the Bengals gave up a forty nine-yard landing run to Watson on third-and-15.

“You possibly can’t have these,”…