1.07.2012

Wild Card Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans

Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at Houston Texans (10-6) | Saturday | 4:30 p.m.

Before the season, not many thought either team would make the playoffs. The Bengals were probably the bigger surprise of the two, but frankly both teams have played great football this season. The Cincinnati surge was led by the rookie combo of quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green. Both have been spectacular, but it's going to take a great game to knock off the Texans at home.

Houston, led by running back Arian Foster, is a high powered machine in their own right. The injury to quarterback Matt Schaub really set back the Texans passing attack. In addition to Schaub's injury, star receiver Andre Johnson has been battling hamstring injuries all season. The Texans will start rookie T.J. Yates in this game and I have not been too impressed with him so far.

I think this game will be a good one, but I think the combination of the Houston defense and the running game of Foster will carry the Texans.


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