Bengals fall to Texans 13-9 as they fail to score a touchdown for the second straight game

09/15/2017 12:40 AM

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bengals fell to 0-2 on Thursday night after falling to the Houston Texans 13-9 as their touchdown-less streak has now reached eight quarters.

In the opening quarter, the Bengals were at the Houston 43, when Andy Dalton completed a 12-yard pass to John Ross who promptly fumbled the pigskin. The Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney recovered the ball and returned it for 48 yards to the Cincinnati 20 yard line.

That led to a 25-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal as the Texans led it 3-0.

The Bengals responded on their next offensive possession late in the opening quarter as Andy Dalton and A.J. Green hooked up on a 50-yard pass completion to the Houston 15.

Cincinnati would have to settle for a 39-yard Randy Bullock field goal early in the second quarter to even things at 3.

It stayed that way until late in the second quarter when Texan QB Deshaun Watson goes on the keeper for 49 yards and the touchdown as Houston grabbed a 10-3 lead with 50 seconds left in the first half.

The Bengals responded as Dalton hooked up with Tyler Eifert for 22-yards and Alex Erickson for 37 yards to move the ball to the Houston 11.

Randy Bullock then drilled a 29-yard field with 2 seconds left in the half as Houston led it 10-6 at halftime.

The Bengals took the opening kickoff and held the ball for 8 minutes and 34 seconds on a 17-play, 63-yard drive, which resulted in a third Bullock field goal from 30 yards out to make it 10-9.

The Bengals thought they had a touchdown on the drive as Dalton hooked up with Tyler Eifert for 12 yards in the end zone , but Eifert had gone out of bounds and back in before he made the catch which resulted in an illegal touch penalty and negated what would have been the Bengals first TD of the season.

It stayed that way until the fourth quarter when the Texans went on a 13-play, 66-yard drive which resulted in a 42-yard Fairbairn field goal as Houston went up 13-9 and went on even their season record at 1-1.

Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson was 15-of-24 passing for 125 yards. Watson also led Houston in rushing with 5 carries for 67 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Bengals rushed 24 times for a total of 82 yards with Joe Mixon leading the way with 9 carries for 36 yards.

Dalton, who finished the game 20-of-35 passing for 224 yards, shared his frustration about the offense not scoring a touchdown for the second straight contest.

“We haven’t been able to make a play down there, I think that’s what it comes down to,” Dalton said.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that his team simply needs to find a way to get into the end zone.

“It’s difficult to win games when we don’t score touchdowns,” Lewis said.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Bengals who will play at Green Bay a week from Sunday.


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