Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterbackAndy Dalton
(14) is pursued by Houston Texans defensive endJ.J. Watt
(99) in an AFC wild card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
Location: NRG Stadium (Houston, TX)
Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Game Time: 1:00pm ET
Weather: Sunday’s game should enjoy nice weather. It should be around 78 degrees and sunny. The wind could play a factor as the weather service calls for a SW 15 mph wind. This could force teams to emphasize the run game.
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TV: The game will be broadcast on your local CBS channel. Ian Eagle will be providing the commentary while Dan Fouts provides the analysis. If you don’t live in the Cincinnati area, here’s a link to an NFL game broadcast map for the week.
Local Radio: The game will be broadcasted on Cincinnati’s WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530), WEBN-FM (102.7), and WLW-AM (700). Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and former Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive lineman Dave Lapham (analyst) will be the announcers. Bengals.com has also provided a list of other radio broadcasts in the local area.
Predictions from the Staff
The Texans are coming off a big win on Sunday over the Browns, 23-7. The Texans (5-5) need this win also as they try to keep pace with the Indianapolis Colts (6-4) in the AFC South. Meanwhile, the situation is the same for the Bengals who hold a slim lead over the AFC North at 6-3-1; the rest of the division has four losses each. This game will be of incredible importance.
If the Bengals’ defense continues to play they way they did last week, they can certainly earn the win this week. Ryan Mallett had a solid first game, but this week he’ll face a the Bengals capable secondary. But their strength is running the ball, so the Bengals’ front four will have to put up a fight. If they can do so, their offense will be in excellent position.
The Texans possess a porous pass defense and a mediocre run defense much like the Saints this past week. If the offensive line keeps J.J. Watt from getting to Andy Dalton excessively, the offense should be effective enough to win this game despite their past troubles with the Texans. Bengals win a close one.
Bengals 27 – Texans 21
One radio host said it best, “this has been one of the craziest least predictable seasons ever.” I agree and trying predict which Bengals team will show up is starting to become a role of the dice. The game in my opinion will come down to whether or not the Bengals can avoid being “Watted”. If they let J.J. Watt abuse them, then this offense doesn’t stand a chance. Last week the Texans went into Cleveland and beat up the team that embarrassed the Bengals just a week before. The Bengals just haven’t gotten my trust back.
Houston 23 – Bengals 13
Andy Dalton keeps his streak going and the running offense keeps pushing forward. Giovani Bernard has a nice game back and shows how deadly the Gio-Hill combination can be. Andre Smith came in at a critical time as battling J.J. Watt is going to be huge.
Bengals 27 – Texans 17