It may not be a huge sample size, but Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer has a 2-0 record as a starter against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team he faces on Monday Night Football. Will his previous success against the team carry over to his new team as they face off with the undefeated Bengals?
Hoyer sure hopes so, as he said his familiarity with Cincinnati’s personnel could help the Texans as they face the daunting task of putting the first dent in the Bengals 2015 resume.
The Texans passer knows however that no one is really giving his team a shot, but he is used to that as well. Hoyer recalls the Thursday night meeting in 2014 between his former team, Cleveland and Cincy
"“It was a Thursday night game, and no one gave us a chance, kind of similar to what we’re going into,” Hoyer said via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle “I remember, as a team, we felt confident going in. I think that kind of begets success. We were able to get up on them early and finish the game.”"
In the contest Hoyer was 15-0f-23 passing for 198 yards. He threw no touchdowns, but also had no interceptions. The season before Hoyer led Cleveland to a 17-6 win, another game in which he played efficient football.
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In the 2013 contest Hoyer had 269 yards with two touchdowns and no picks on 25-of-38 passing. It was easily the best of his three starts in 2013, the season in which people first began to believe the Ohio native had a shot at being a starting NFL quarterback.
Now Hoyer returns to his home state, with the entire nation watching the Texans on primetime. Will Hoyer continue his solid 2015 season? Can he have continued success against the Bengals? If history is any indication, he should, but we will all have to tune in to find out.
The Bengals have to lose eventually, why not to Houston?