September 30th, 2018 was over 800 days ago. That’s how long it’s been since the Cincinnati Bengals won an NFL football game on the road. Such a feat is almost too ridiculous to comprehend, but if Sunday ends in a loss, the count will go well over 1,000 days.
The Bengals have one more chance this year to notch a victory outside of Paul Brown Stadium when they face the Houston Texans this week.
As bad as the Bengals have been in 2020, the Texans aren’t too far ahead of them in the league standings. After firing their head coach/general manager/incompetent overlord Bill O’Brien after an 0-4 start, Houston is 4-6 under interim head coach Romeo Crenel. This was only after O’Brien traded away three-time All-Pro receiver Deandre Hopkins for mere pennies and the team shipped their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks for left tackle Laremy Tunsil the year prior to O’Brien taking over GM responsibilities.
Now that B.O.B. is out, the Texans announced they’re going to interview former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis for their head coaching job. The Texans beat the Lewis-lead Bengals eight times in 11 meetings, including back-to-back Wild Card playoff games in 2011 and 2012, but Lewis never has had the pleasure of coaching a quarterback quite like Deshaun Watson.
Watson is the sole reason why the Texans have been remotely competitive this year, but his team is still 0-3 in their last three games. You think Joe Burrow had to do it all this year? Try watching Watson when he’s on one.
Speaking of Burrow, he watched his backup Ryan Finley on Monday do something no Bengals quarterback has done since 2015: beat the Steelers. Finley may not start this week with Brandon Allen returning to practice, but with Allen, maybe the Bengals have a chance to win two-straight games for the first time since 2018.
This stream has all the news, updates and analysis you could want for the Bengals’ Week 15 matchup against the Texans.