Adam Jones was hoping his return would be a special one.
Instead, Jones’ debut after a one-game suspension was part of a disastrous debacle, just like the game he missed in Week 1. Despite Jones being part of a defense effort that held Houston to 13 points, it wasn’t enough in the Cincinnati Bengals’ 13-9 loss.
Now, the Bengals go into a long week off with an 0-2 record and the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau on deck.
Not ideal. It’s also something Jones is very displeased with. After the win, Jones made sure to let everyone know that the defense and special teams absolutely put this team in position to win, and probably with ease.
Jones was hit or miss in coverage against DeAndre Hopkins, who finished with seven catches for 73 yards in a game Houston had just 98 net yards passing in.
Jones also committed a pass interference late in the game that led to a 14-yard gain during a 76-yard drive in which Houston melted away the clock and tacked on a field goal, putting them up 13-9 with 1:56 left. That drive also saw Jones give up a pair of receptions to Hopkins.
Also, for what it's worth, Pro Football Focus gave Andy Dalton a higher grade (78.0) than Pacman (63.8), and everyone wants to say Dalton was terrible Thursday.
Still, Jones played decently and was far from the worst part of the game. The defense kept the Bengals in the game until nearly the end. Jones certainly did a world of good for this team in comparison to the offense, which continues to look like a sad wasteland of defeat and broken dreams.