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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

NFL Odds: Bengals Need “Good Andy” Versus Texans

The Cincinnati Bengals will go only as far as QB Andy Dalton will take them. The three-time Pro Bowler had an awful opening week; he’ll need to recover quickly if the Bengals are going to handle the visiting Houston Texans this Thursday. Kick-off is at 8:25 PM ET on the NFL Network.

Dalton had one of the worst Week 1 games in NFL history this past Sunday, committing five turnovers (four picks and a fumble) as the Bengals were shut out 20-0 by the Baltimore Ravens, coughing up the cash as 3-point home favourites. However, Cincinnati is a 6.5-point chalk against the Texans at press time after opening at –4. The total for Thursday’s game has dropped from 38.5 to 38.

Houston is coming off a nightmare game of its own, losing 29-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars as 6-point home favourites. QB Tom Savage didn’t even make it past halftime before getting replaced by rookie Deshaun Watson. Unfortunately, Watson didn’t do much better, and he suffered a minor ankle injury after eating four sacks behind Houston’s porous offensive line. It’s believed that Watson will get the start against Cincinnati after putting in a limited practice on Monday.

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NFL Odds: Texans-Bengals on Thursday Night Football

The Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals were both put through the wringer in Week 1. They’ll meet at Paul Brown Stadium this Thursday (8:25 PM ET, NFLN); the Bengals are 6.5-point favourites at press time after opening at –4, and the total has dipped from 38.5 to 38.

Andy Dalton (five turnovers) had an awful game this past Sunday against Baltimore, but the Texans are in even worse shape after both Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson were steamrolled by Jacksonville. Watson is expected to start against the Bengals despite being limited by a minor ankle injury during Monday’s practice.

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