The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans will play against each other in the opening round of the AFC playoffs. NBC will carry this game which has kickoff scheduled for 4:30 pm EST from Reliant Field in Houston, TX.
After starting the season 11-1 the Texans have lost three of four and thus stumbling into the playoffs. The Bengals seem to be peaking at the right time having lost only one game since the second half of the season started.
What is the point spread in the Bengals and Texans game? The Texans are a 4.5 point favorite against the Bengals. The over/under for this game is 43 points.
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The Texans and Bengals were close when the season ended in terms of points per game. The Texans averaged 26 points per game while the Bengals scored 24.4.
Houston will look to target Andrew Johnson down the field but with a struggling Matt Schaub that will be no easy task.
The Bengals have their own weaponry in Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. Green caught 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns this season while Andy Dalton set career highs in yards and touchdown passes.
How much of an impact the ground game will have for either team remains to be seen. Arian Foster of the Texans wore down as the season sent on while BenJarvus Green-Ellis is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Defensively these two teams rank inside the top ten which will hopefully set up a good early game.