Wild Card: Key Rankings in the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans Rematch

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Dec 30, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) holds the ball after scoring during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports


In the impending rematch between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans, both teams will look to control many aspects of the game, especially those that they have done best in all season.

Let’s take a look at where each team has excelled during the 2012 regular season. We’ll also see which team is more proficient in each category of the game.

Let’s start with the offense.

In Cincinnati’s passing game, quarterback Andy Dalton has started all sixteen games. He has passed for 3,669 yards, and has 27 touchdowns to 16 interceptions. That has led to a season Quarterback Rating of 87.4.

In Houston’s passing game, quarterback Matt Schaub has started fifteen of sixteen games this season. He has passed for 4,008 yards, and has 22 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions. That leads to a 90.7 Quarterback Rating.

Both quarterbacks have had less-than-stellar performances during the last three weeks. However, the advantage in the air attack goes to Houston, as Schaub has been more limited in committing turnovers this year.

In the Bengals running game, BenJarvus Green-Ellis is trying to return to full strength off of a hamstring injury  He had gained over 100 yards on the ground in four of his six previous games for Cincinnati. That is despite his mediocre 14 yards against Pittsburgh in Week 16.

Arian Foster is the well-known running back for the Texans, followed by Ben Tate to bring a very dangerous tandem on the ground. Foster is the workhorse for Houston, and will have a huge impact on the winner in this game.

The advantage in this matchup has to go to the Texans, as their running duo has the capability to carry the offense unlike that of any other team. Well, except for Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.

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