Thursday Night Football games were not fun to watch last season. We were able to get a taste of the week ahead, but all it gave us were players on short rest, bad matchups, and a low-quality product.
We’re still going to see some of that this season. So instead of worrying about the game in its entirety, we’re going to point out things to look for in each matchup to help keep things interesting for you outside of fantasy implications.
The Texans haven’t been able to find a franchise quarterback since their inception in 2002. During the 2017 NFL draft, Bill O’Brien and the Texans decided to try their hand at trading up to No. 12 to draft Deshaun Watson. After the offense couldn’t move the ball with Tom Savage under center against the Jags in Week 1, Bill O’Brien — known to have a quick trigger — pulled Savage from the game for Watson, who was then named the starter for Week 2.
It was so fast that it almost earned the receiver his own private island from Adidas, but Ross’ Nike cleats and the dang fine print left him without some new beachfront property. A spot in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft and a subsequent four-year, $17.1 million contract is a nice consolation, though.
Johnson turned his blazing speed into a strong career — including three trips to the Pro Bowl, six consecutive seasons with 1,000 rushing yards to start his career and a 2,000-yard season in 2009. The Bengals will hope that Ross’ unique speed translates similarly.