The Texans and Bengals faced off in the first real Thursday Night Football game of the season — filled with Color Rush uniforms and bad football.
Both teams headed into the game having had miserable Week 1 performances. The Texans benched Tom Savage in a 29-7 loss to the Jaguars, and the Bengals got shut out, 20-0, against the Ravens. On a short week of rest, one team was going to come out feeling better about itself, and the other, not so much.
Thursday, Deshaun Watson made his first start, and the Bengals were hoping to finally score their first touchdown of the season. That didn’t happen for the Bengals, whose only scores were a trio of field goals by Randy Bullock. They fell to the Texans, 13-9, at home.
John Ross — the NFL Combine’s 40-yard dash king — made his NFL debut on Thursday night. It didn’t get off to a great start. On his first touch, Kareem Jackson popped the ball loose.
For all the pundits, and experts who didn’t think Denver could compete in 2017, the first two weeks of the season seem to be pointing in the other direction. It’s early, but watching the Broncos dismantle the Cowboys was up lifting. Dallas is considered a contender to be the NFC representative in the Super Bowl. Denver is pushing to be in the same conversation.
Things won’t get any easier, as Denver has the toughest schedule in the NFL. If they can continue to make statements like they did against the Cowboys, it will be impossible to ignore the Broncos as a true contender.