This year’s NFL Playoffs won’t be without excitement and hype. It won’t be without some serious deja vu, either. Andy Dalton and his Cincinnati Bengals earned a second straight trip to post-season play this year, only to see the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs once again. After Houston handled Cincinnati easily in a 31-10 win last year, the Bengals arguably could have their work cut out for them to make this one close.
That’d be the logic if these were the same two teams facing off again, at least. In reality, Matt Schaub is healthy this time around, and is actually making his first career playoff start against the Bengals. Houston’s once vaunted defense has turned to Swiss cheese in the secondary, and Cincy’s defense has been borderline elite in the second half of the season.
With this game slated to be much more competitive than last year’s meeting, it’s kind of surprising that Bengals @ Texans tickets come in averaging just $299/seat, with a get-in price of $110. That’s actually 5% cheaper than the average price for Houston Texans tickets this season. Currently, this matchup comes in as the second most expensive wild card game of the opening playoff weekend (second only behind the Washington/Seattle game). And as expected, due to both teams improving on what they were last year, this game’s ticket price is jumped up 20.03% from last year’s wild card duel. However, with prices falling 50% in the last week so it seems that Texans fans aren’t that excited with the matchup.
On paper, the Texans should be poised for another rout. Andy Dalton doesn’t handle top defenses very well, and Arian Foster and Andre Johnson out-rank A.J. Green and BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a unit. But this game isn’t really about matchups. It’s about whether or not Matt Schaub has the goods to get it done in his first playoff game, combined with whether or not Andy Dalton can avoid the same mistakes that crushed the Bengals the last time these two teams met. It should be an evenly matched game for the most part, and could ultimately come down to who makes one less mistake.
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