With the first Sunday slate of games having wrapped up for the first week of the NFL season, these three teams are trending in the wrong direction following their first game. The #Cincinnati Bengals got shutout by the rival Baltimore Ravens, the #Houston Texans looked awful on offense and the #indianapolis colts got annihilated by the Los Angeles Rams.

Cincinnati Bengals

Last season the Cincinnati Bengals were a disappointing 6-9-1 after coming off a season in which they went 12-4, their best year since 1988. They looked to put last year behind them and focus on returning to the playoffs but instead laid a goose-egg against the rival Baltimore Ravens.

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Quarterback Andy Dalton, who made the Pro Bowl last season, had one of the worst games of his career going 16/31 for 170 yards and throwing four interceptions. All of last season he only threw eight picks.

The Bengals threw two picks, lost a fumble and turned it over on downs when they got inside the Ravens 40-yard line. They became the first team to be shutout in their home opener since the 2006 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were shutout 27-0, also by the Ravens.

Houston Texans

At halftime of the Houston Texans first game of the season, at home no less, they were losing 19-0 against the rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Tom Savage was a horrendous 7/13 for 62 yards and fumbled twice, with one being returned for a touchdown. He became the first quarterback in Texans history to be sacked six times in one half.

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It was also only the second time the Texans had allowed that many sacks in a half, with the first time being during their second game as a franchise.

Savage was then benched for first round pick DeShaun Watson, who went 12/23 for 102 yards and one touchdown. Now, Bill O'Brien will have a short week to decide who his quarterback is as the Texans play the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. To make matters worse linebacker Brian Cushing, receiver Bruce Ellington and all three tight ends on the roster are in the concussion protocol.

Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts may have been without quarterback Andrew Luck, center Ryan Kelly, and top cornerback Vontae Davis but that does not excuse the slacklining they took at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. Backup Scott Tolzein was terrible, becoming the first quarterback to throw to pick-sixes in one game since Tony Romo in week 12 of the 2015 season.

He went 9/18 for 128 yards and two interceptions before being benched for the newly acquired Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter. The Colts also got torn up by Jared Goff, one of the worst quarterbacks in the league last season, who was 21/29 for 306 yards. With NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reporting that Luck could be out until October, can the Colts stay afloat without him?