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- Both defenses played well. Bengals perhaps had an easier task as it was facing an offense that lacked its top TEs and had only 3 WRs dress for the game. Consequently, the Texans were not expected to do much offensively coming off a short week and being short-handed. Texans defense was confronted with short fields repeatedly, but consistently delivered sound play calls.
- Offensively, the Texans offensive play calls were consistent and designed to win the game. It was not expected to be sound this week, but they stayed patient and their final FG drive was executed perfectly and it drained the clock. This was an excellent coaching job by Bill O’Brien’s staff, and a good example of how stats can be misleading. QB DeShaun Watson threw for only 125 yards in the game, but virtually all of those yards came on critical downs, and he showed poise in the big moments.
- The Bengals’ offensive performance as a staff was poor. It should be kept in mind, however, that they faced one of the best defenses in the NFL on a short week. Last week, the Bengals offense also faced a top defense in the Ravens.
- Offensively, Marvin Lewis never changed the tempo, and there was never any rhythm to the offense.