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Bengals vs. Texans: 3 Matchups to Watch

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) carries the ball in the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans will head to Paul Brown Stadium and take on the Cincinnati Bengals this Monday night in Cincinnati’s second of three straight prime time matchups.

The 3-5 Texans are coming off a 20-6 victory over the Tennessee Titans, but they were decimated by the Miami Dolphins in their previous game.

The 8-0 Bengals will have gone 10 straight days without playing football after smashing the Cleveland Browns last Thursday night, so it’s possible that Cincinnati could come out slow.

We’ve already talked about three keys to Monday night’s game, exchanged questions and answers with Toro Times and made our weekly picks, so now it’s time to talk about specific matchups in Monday night’s upcoming game at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals field about 10 players who have a chance at making the Pro Bowl, while only J.J. Watt looks like a potential Pro Bowl candidate for the Texans (although he’s all but a lock at earning a fourth straight trip to Hawaii). Will this matchup be dictated by the play of each team’s star players, or will the role players in Cincinnati and/or Houston step up and make some game-changing plays? Only time will tell.

Here are three matchups that the Cincinnati Bengals will need to recognize and take advantage of in order to win a ninth consecutive game.

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