Houston (0-1) at Cincinnati (0-1), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network. A pair of teams looking for their first win of the 2017 season meets along the shores of the Ohio River to open play in week two as the Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans at Paul Brown Stadium. Both teams enter the week two contest with home losses under their belts.

The defending AFC South champs could only muster a third-quarter TD pass from rookie QB Deshaun Watson to WR DeAndre Hopkins in their 29-7 loss at home to Jacksonville last Sunday. The Texans trailed 19-0 at the intermission at NRG Stadium before they would get on the board for their only tally of the contest. Watson (12 of 23, 102 yards, TD, interception, four sacks) took over for Tom Savage (7 of 13, 62 yards, six sacks) in the AFC South contest in the Lone Star State. Houston was held to 93 yards on the ground, while Jacksonville rookie RB Leonard Fournette made his presence known, rushing for 100 of his team’s 155 yards and Blake Bortles threw for 125 yards and a TD with no picks.

Jacksonville, taking advantage of four Houston turnovers (3 fumbles, interception), went 3 of 12 and 1 of 1 on third and fourth tries and held on to the football for 30:05, while the Texans on third and fourth down were 5 of 12 and 0 of 1, keeping the pigskin for 29:55.

Cincinnati gave up 20 points in the first three quarters of play at Paul Brown Stadium to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday and were shutout 20-0. The Bengals were outrushed by Baltimore 157-77 and Andy Dalton was sacked five times and picked off four times, throwing for 170 yards. Cincy did themselves in with five turnovers in the contest and went 4 of 13, 0 of 1 on third and fourth down, keeping the ball for a mere 26 minutes, while the Ravens, led by Joe Flacco’s 121 passing yards, went 6 of 14 on third down, holding the ball for 34 minutes.

Hpuston leads the series 5-4 but the Bengals have outscored the Texans 168-158. Houston has won the last five regular season contests, including taking a 12-10 win last year in the Lone Star State, while the Bengals’ last win came in 2005 in Cincy by a final of 12-10. They met in Houston in week 16 and the Texans trailed 3-0 at the break and took the lead for keeps when RB Alfred Blue scored from 24 yards out with 8:41 left in the contest. Houston outrushed Cincinnati 95-50 (Blue led all rushers with 73 of those yards) and Savage threw for 176 yards with four sacks, while Dalton threw for 268 yards with a TD and an interception and was sacked three times. Cincinnati was 7 of 16 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down in the week 16 contest and kept the ball for 28:54, while the Texans kept the pigskin for 31:06, going 4 of 14 on third down.

Houston covered the 2-point spread with their 2-point win but neither team covered the 41 over/under, tallying only 22 points. This time, the Bengals are favored by 5 and the over/under’s 38. It’s still early and one loss doesn’t make a season. In the end, someone’s going to come out of this with the win Thursday night. Cincy covers the 5 at home and evens their mark

Weather: Partly cloudy and 69 degrees

Referee: Clete Blakeman

TV: 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Houston), 83 (Cincinnati) | XM: 88 (WestWood1), 225 (Houston), 83 (Cincinnati)

Injury Report

Houston
OUT: G Jeff Allen (Ankle), TE Stephen Anderson (Concussion), RB Alfred Blue (Ankle), LB Brian Cushing (Concussion), WR Will Fuller (Shoulder), TE Ryan Griffin (Concussion)

Cincinnati
OUT: G Trey Hopkins (Knee)
QUESTIONABLE: WR John Ross (Knee), TE C.J. Uzomah (Ankle), S Shawn Williams (Elbow)

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football Leauge, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

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