They brought back Marvin Lewis for his 15th season. They made their usual tweaks in the draft and free agency. Burfict got suspended again. None of it provided any faith that they could rejoin the Steelers and �� maybe �� the Ravens in AFC North contention.
As of now �� one game, very early, a tiny sample size �� the Bengals are competing with the Browns for the basement. And with the Jets and the rest as the very dregs of the league.
The Texans looked at the Bengals’ debut in horror. That’s how bad it was.
In fact, Houston might be rubbing its palms together in anticipation for Thursday’s game in Cincinnati, which is pretty humiliating considering the beatdown they were handed by Jacksonville.
Sorry London-based Jaguars fans, but the odds of a Jacksonville offensive showcase at Wembley are slim. The Ravens kept the Bengals scoreless and though the Browns did find the end zone against them, that defense looks like the best in the league.
Baltimore has eight interceptions and three forced fumbles so far, and for a Jacksonville offense led by Blake Bortles, that is a recipe for disaster.
Deshaun Watson will be at quarterback for the Texans at Gillette Stadium on Sunday to take on the Patriots.
Bill Belichick’s record against rookie quarterbacks in Foxborough: 8-0. Don’t expect that to change. The Patriots are 14-point favorites, and if any team is in a position to dish up a blowout, it’s New England.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had a rough go of things in the first two weeks, but Carolina is unbeaten and the perfect tonic for a struggling signal-caller �� the Saints defense �� is coming to town.