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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson scrambles on a play while Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson pursues during the second half of the NFL game between Houston and Jacksonville at NRG Stadium in Houston Texas

As a result of Savage's season debut, the Texans will have rookie QB Deshaun Watson start on Thursday.

The Texans showcased a miserable offensive line and, let's call it, defensive indifference in their Week 1 rout at home at the hands of the perennially very bad Jaguars. That's not good news for a team that allowed 10 - ten - sacks last week.

As bad as the Texans looked, the Cincinnati Bengals were worse. My point here is that this could be (and needs to be) a get-well game for J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.

The Texans will have to take an injury-depleted squad to Cincinnati on Thursday, but Jaelen Strong is finally back after serving his one-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and he's ready for the game against the Bengals. He didn't throw an interception Thursday night, but was off-target for much of the game, going 20 of 35 for 224 yards.

Houston lost its top three tight ends to concussions - which could limit the productivity of other receivers, who will receive more defensive attention.

It's hard to say which team needs this win more.

There were also four turnovers that helped the Jaguars picked up the win and the visitors must correct those mistakes if they are going to win on the road.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross (knee) is active versus the Houston Texans on Thursday. The Bengals only trailed 3-0 past the first-half two-minute warning, then gave up two touchdowns in a 30-second span and never mustered a comeback.

Boyd hauled in just one reception for 11 yards in Cincinnati's opening-week loss to the Baltimore Ravens, receiving four targets.

Watson completed five-of-nine passes for 42 yards and added an 11-yard run on the drive that forced the Bengals to score a touchdown if they wanted to win the game. They had 93 yards on 23 carries. The Texans need him in their depleted offense.

"What we talk to quarterbacks about all the time is put us in the play that you can", Ryan said. All three players stunk in the first game. O'Brien did not publicly commit to Watson as his starter, but according to published reports that is the direction the Texans are leaning as they strive to revive an offensive pulse.

Offensively, the Bengals are averaging 0.0 points and 221.0 total yards (144.0 in passing and 77.0 in rushing per game).

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