Marvin Lewis expects Deshaun Watson to start Thursday

AP

The Texans haven’t named a quarterback for Thursday night’s game against the Bengals, but Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has an idea about which direction Bill O’Brien will be going.

Lewis said on a Tuesday conference call, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, that he expects the Texans will have Watson in the starting lineup. Reports have indicated that’s the direction the Texans are headed in, although Watson tweaked his ankle during Houston’s lopsided loss to the Jaguars in Week One and was listed as limited on Monday’s practice report.

That practice report wasn’t based on an actual practice session as the team only held a walkthrough and Tom Savage, who started and got benched against Jacksonville, also made an appearance on the report due to a left hand/finger injury. Watson replaced Savage and led the Texans to their only touchdown of the day, although his overall performance behind a leaky offensive line wasn’t markedly better than Savage’s overall.

The Bengals have their own quarterback issues to sort out after Andy Dalton‘s miserable performance against the Ravens in a 20-0 loss, but there doesn’t appear to be any thought of making a change in the starting lineup on their side of the field.

20 responses to “Marvin Lewis expects Deshaun Watson to start Thursday

  1. well, if there’s anything Lewis excels at it his knowledge of the opponents tactics. His halftime adjustments are legendary.

  2. To true footy fans this game holds a morbid fascination: are these teams as bad as week 1 suggested? – the winner survives until wk2 whereas the loser will be written off, on 14th Sept! This could be a 0-0 tie, but I’m going with 4-3 to the Texans (two safeties to 1 FG).

  3. jocko1181 says:

    September 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Anyone else really confused by Vegas line of Cincy -5?
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    You beat me to it!!!!! Yes very surprised!

  4. Yes but will the Texans Oline be on the field or will they simply put out the row of turnstiles they used last weekend?

  5. Where does Marvin keep the photos of the Bengals’ owner?
    No other explanation for how this Mr. Magoo continues to be employed.
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    In the same drawer where Andy Dalton keeps the photos of Marvin Lewis

  6. Anyone else really confused by Vegas line of Cincy -5?
    —————————
    You beat me to it!!!!! Yes very surprised!

    Houston has a bunch of guys out, Rookie QB, etc. Home field. What did you expect?? Houston to be favored?? -3?

  7. This could be one of those games that sets football back 20 years. Marv’s teams aren’t exactly innovative, and O’Brien has managed to transform DeAndre Hopkins from a star into an ordinary player.

  8. “The joke is on us Bengals fans.”

    The Bengals are one of about a dozen franchises with zero hope of seeing a Super Bowl because of an owner to cheap to ever put a first class product on the field.

    And the reason is the current TV contracts are the worst thing that could ever happen to the fans and parity. Because of equal revenue sharing off those contracts, teams could be 0-16 multiple years in a row and the owners know they still get paid huge by the TV money.

    It gives them no incentive to try and win. And its human nature to take the money and run by these billionaire cheapskates. Now if they changed revenue distribution so that half the money was distributed in 256 shares with each win getting one of those shares, we’d see a change for the better across the board.

    But the Bengals, the Browns who were 49 mil under the cap last year and 41 this year last time I checked, and most of the other bottom feeders are in this same position. The owners won’t spend what it takes and laugh all the way to the bank.

  9. Anyone else really confused by Vegas line of Cincy -5?
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    You beat me to it!!!!! Yes very surprised!

    Houston has a bunch of guys out, Rookie QB, etc. Home field. What did you expect?? Houston to be favored?? -3?
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    Bengals -5 would require them to score.

  10. I’d be surprised if either teams scores double digits. In fact the combined score won’t even reach double digits. I say Bengals win 6-3 just because they are at home.

  11. Erik Gainer says:
    September 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm
    Anyone else really confused by Vegas line of Cincy -5?
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    You beat me to it!!!!! Yes very surprised!

    Houston has a bunch of guys out, Rookie QB, etc. Home field. What did you expect?? Houston to be favored?? -3?

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    -5 assumes the Bengals score 5 points. Seems like a reach.

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