AFC Wild Card Weekend: Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Beat the Houston Texans

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December 30, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger (99) misses a tackle as Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) heads for the end zone at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Houston Texans last Sunday.  With a little help from the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, the Cincinnati Bengals are now faced with a  rematch at Reliant Stadium for the first wild card match-up on Saturday.

The wild card game last year ended in a 31-10 Texans victory, as the home team visibly controlled the second half.

However, with the two teams meeting in the postseason this time around, the rematch has a much different feel.

The Houston Texans were the AFC’s juggernaut the first two-thirds of this season, capturing an 11-1 record as they headed into New England in Week 13.

Since their 42-14 blowout at the hands of an impressive Tom Brady, the Texans haven’t been the same team.  The secondary has been battling injuries, and the offense has entered an uncharacteristic drought.

Those two things have been large reasons the Texans have dropped three of their past four contests.

Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, having won seven of their final eight games during the regular season.

The last two wins against division rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore have to speak volumes for the young team’s momentum heading into the playoffs.

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