NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 2
NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 2

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

Houston (+6.5) at Cincinnati, 38.0 o/u – Thursday, 8:25 p.m. EDT

The Story: One of these teams will be in serious trouble after Thursday, as both put together awful offensive performances in Week 1 losses. Tom Savage's tenure as Houston's starter lasted all of one dreadful half, but he could be back in action in Week 2 if rookie Deshaun Watson's ankle doesn't hold up. J.J. Watt was also nearly invisible, but he could find it much easier sledding against a Bengals offensive line that left Andy Dalton hanging out to dry last week, as he got sacked five times and pressured into throwing four picks by the Ravens.

The Skinny:
2016 HOU offense: 17.4 PPG (T-28th), 116.2 rushing yds/gm (8th), 213.6 passing yds/gm (29th), 32 sacks allowed (T-11th), 24 turnovers (T-19th)
2016 CIN offense: 20.3 PPG (24th), 110.6 rushing yds/gm (13th), 262.9 passing yds/gm (13th), 41 sacks allowed (T-25th), 17 turnovers (T-8th)
2016 HOU defense: 20.5 PPG allowed (11th), 99.7 rushing yds/gm allowed (12th), 214.0 passing yds/gm allowed (2nd), 31 sacks (T-24th), 17 turnovers (T-26th)
2016 CIN defense: 19.7 PPG allowed (8th), 113.3 rushing yds/gm allowed (21st), 249.1 passing yds/gm allowed (11th), 33 sacks (T-19th), 20 turnovers (T-19th)
CIN record when Dalton gets sacked three or more times: 12-17-1 (plus 0-3 in postseason); when sacked two or fewer times: 44-19-1 (plus 0-1 in postseason)
Weather forecast: partly cloudy, wind less than 10 mph, chance of rain less than 10

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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