Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien created a quarterback controversy by yanking starter Tom Savage and inserting rookie Deshaun Watson. Watson is expected to start when the Texans face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football (5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network).
When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
TV: NFL Network
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O’Brien, who possesses arguably the quickest quarterback hook in the NFL, replaced an ineffective Savage with Watson during the second half of the Texans (0-1) loss to Jacksonville in Week 1. Watson provided a spark and is expected to be named the starter for Thursday’s game.
Watson, the Texans first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, was expected to play at some point during the season, but few expected him to be inserted so soon.
A quarterback issue is brewing with the Bengals (0-1) after they were shut out 20-0 at home by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton threw four interceptions – three in the first half – and turned the football over five times in the loss. Coach Marvin Lewis, who is on the hot seat himself, could turn to backup A.J. McCarron if Dalton is unable to turn his performance around against the Texans.
What: Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals
Watch online: You can watch the live stream on the NFL’s mobile app or DirecTV’s NFL app. If the NFL Network is part of your cable package, you can also live stream the game through the NFL app on XBox, Apple TV, or Roku device on your TV.
Local players to watch: Houston – S Eddie Pleasant (Oregon), CB Treston Decoud (Oregon State). Cincinnati – G Jake Fisher (Oregon).
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