Deshaun Watson made his first NFL start sooner than what many anticipated, but it resulted in the Texans getting their first win of the season. It was a nice birthday present for Watson, who turned 22 on Thursday.
The Bengals let left tackle Andrew Whitworth walk in free agency. They replaced him with Cedric Ogbuehi, who is an obvious downgrade. Right guard Kevin Zeitler signed with the Browns when they made him the highest-paid guard in NFL history, and the line is a work in progress.
Elite Youth Jerick McKinnon Jersey It was disastrous for Cincinnati when the Bengals got shut out by the Ravens in Week 1. Andy Dalton took five sacks and completed just 51.6 percent of his passes for 170 yards and four interceptions with no touchdowns.
The Ravens held the Bengals to just 77 rushing yards, and not having adequate blocking to establish some balance didn’t do Dalton any favors, either.
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Chemistry is fundamentally important to an offensive line’s success, and all of the teams that struggled saw some changes this offseason. Teams are also still shaking off some rust in Week 1, and there’s a chance these lines will jell and improve as the season goes on. But if they don’t, it’ll be a long year for all of these teams.
Despite promising moments, such as the running touchdown, Watson looked every bit like a rookie thrown into the starting job on a short week. His accuracy continued to be a big concern, under-throwing receivers and nearly throwing multiple pick-sixes. He finished with 15-of-24 passing for 125 yards and no touchdowns, but he at least avoided turnovers. He also made the smart move by leaning on his best receiver, targeting DeAndre Hopkins 13 times. Hopkins got seven catches for 73 yards and helped Watson get out of some jams, even with the errant throws.