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Tonight’s matchup on Monday Night Football features the 3-5 Houston Texans at the 8-0 Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have already set a franchise record for the best start to a season with an undefeated record through the first nine weeks. To add to that, if the Bengals come out on top with a win against the Texans, the team will set a franchise record for the longest win streak at nine consecutive wins.
As for the opposing team, the Texans are still playing for a chance to make the playoffs. At 3-5, the Texans are currently second in the AFC South, just half a game behind the Indianapolis Colts. With an upset victory over the Bengals, the Texans will be tied for first alongside the Colts in that division. With Colts quarterback Andrew Luck out for multiple weeks due to a lacerated kidney, surely the Texans must know that this is their time to win games and take the lead in the AFC South.
It will be up to Andy Dalton to play up to the MVP-caliber level he has been playing at all season in order to once again prove that the Bengals can take care of business and win the games that they should win. Dalton’s supporting cast will also need to back him up and ensure that it can get the job done under the lights. A win tonight could go a long way in the playoff picture, especially since the Broncos are struggling and the Steelers are surging.
Here are three bold predictions for tonight’s rumble in the jungle.
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