Tee Higgins poised for big day with Tyler Boyd out for Bengals versus Texans

CINCINNATI, OHIO - OCTOBER 04: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - OCTOBER 04: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is poised for a big day against a porous Houston Texans defense.

With number one receiver Tyler Boyd out on Sunday in the concussion protocol rookie Tee Higgins is poised for a big day for the Cincinnati Bengals against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Houston is 23rd in passing yards allowed and 24th in touchdown passes. With Boyd out, Higgins should be able to exploit the Houston secondary.

When Brandon Allen started in weeks 12-14 Higgins was his favorite target. Higgins outpaced Boyd with an average of seven targets to 6.3, receptions with an average of five to three and in receiving yards with an average of 49.7 to 43.3. Allen returning to the Bengals on Sunday should help Higgins and A.J. Green.

Higgins has had at least three receptions in every game this season. Cincinnati will likely throw the ball more than the 13 attempts Ryan Finley had in the victory over Pittsburgh on Monday night. Three forced turnovers and a good job running by Finley and Giovanni Bernard were enough in the 27-17 victory.

Higgins had three receptions for 31 yards against the Steelers second-ranked pass defense. According to Fantasy Pros, the Houston secondary is dealing with injuries. Fantasy Pros stated the Texans allowed the sixth-most passes of 15 yards are more and are 30th against WR ones and 31st versus WR twos in DVOA.

Fantasy Pros referenced that Houston is 29th in TDs allowed per drive. Allen is averaging 18.3 completions and 28 attempts in the three games he has started this season. The volume for Higgins and Green should increase significantly against Houston. Allen has been far more accurate than Finley completing 63.3 of his passes.

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The 27 points against Pittsburgh was by far the Bengals biggest output over the previous five games including the loss to Washington when they lost Joe Burrow for the season. The points were deceiving as Cincinnati had only 230 yards against the Steelers. Houston allows 252.1 passing yards per game this season.