Primer: Bengals @ Texans

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-7) at Houston Texans (2-4)
Series Leader
: Bengals, 3-0
Streak: Bengals have won all three games in the series.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 2-0. Kubiak (0-0)
Broadcast: CBS (3:05 PM CT): Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 119 (Cin.), 126 (Hou.). XM: 108
(Hou). Direct TV: 713
SB Nation: Battle Red Blog Game Center
Weather: Hi of 84 and mostly sunny.
Uniform: White
Television Coverage: Very limited coverage. Probably the smallest viewing area of the week. [the 506 TV distribution maps]
Site: We plan on being here.

The last time the Bengals played the Texans, the game was in Cincinnati and the Bengals won 16-10 on October 2, 2005. Carson Palmer passed for 276 yards and a score. Shayne Graham kicked three field goals and Rudi Johnson recorded 88 yards rushing.

The last time the Bengals played the Texans in Houston, the Bengals won 34-27 on November 9, 2003 after Cincinnati scored 10 fourth quarter points. Rudi Johnson recorded a franchise-record 43 rush attempts and 182 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

The first meeting between the two teams occurred during the Bengals 2-14 season. Beating the Texans 38-3 on November 3, 2002, the Bengals won their first game of the season.

Add all that together, and we're talking premonition.


  • In his first meeting against the Texans (while playing with the Rams in 2005), Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 19 of 30 passes for 310 yards passing and three touchdowns.
  • In his past two games this season, Fitzpatrick has completed 60.3 percent of his passes (41 of 68) for 316 yards passing and a touchdown. No picks thrown.
  • Kenny Watson has one career start against the Texans (while with the Redskins in 2002) and gained 110 yards rushing on 20 attempts.
  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh looks to record his sixth straight game with six receptions or more.
  • In his last meeting against the Texans, Houshmandzadeh had eight receptions for 105 yards receiving.
  • With a reception, Chad Johnson will record a reception in 100 consecutive games.
  • Antwan Odom has 3.5 career sacks against the Houston Texans (most against any opponent).


  • Dating back to November 11, 2007, the Texans have won six of their past seven games at home.
  • In the last four games, the Texans are averaging 27.8 points per game.
  • In his past three games, quarterback Matt Schaub has averaged 317.7 passing yards per game with six touchdowns and only two picks (104.3 passer rating).
  • Rookie running back Steve Slaton ranks third in the NFL among rookie running backs with 423 yards rushing on 89 attempts and four touchdowns.
  • Andre Johnson is averaging 150 yards receiving in his past three games, and aims for a fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving game (131, 178, 141).
  • In his past eight games at home, Andre Johnson is averaging 119.3 yards receiving.
  • Tight End Owen Daniels leads all AFC tight ends with 29 receptions and 374 yards receiving.
  • Since 2007, Mario Williams ranks third in the NFL with 20 sacks (DeMarcus Ware 23, Jared Allen 20.5). Williams has four sacks in his past three games.

Team Rankings

Offense Bengals Texans
Total 225.6 (32nd) 369.5 (5th)
Passing 151.7 (29th) 249.5 (6th)
Rushing 73.9 (31st) 120.0 (12th)
Scoring 14 (31st) 23.3 (14th)
Defense Bengals Texans
Total 331.4 (19th) 338.8 (22nd)
Passing 179.1 (6th) 216.8 (17th)
Rushing 152.3 (27th) 122.0 (22nd)
Scoring 26 (25th) 29.8 (31st)
Sacks 5.0 (31st) 9.0 (t-27th)
QB Rating 89.5 (21st) 103.6 (28th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 12 (t-3rd) 19 (t-24)
Turnovers Bengals Texans
Interceptions 4 (t-19th) 3 (t-25th)
Special Teams Bengals Texans
Kickoff Return 25.7 (t-3rd) 21.3 (23rd)
Punt Return 8.4 (20th) 10.6 (12th)
Punting (Net) 34.4 (t-27th) 37.2 (t-20th)

Carson Palmer (just FYI since he's not playing)

Date Result Comp Att Yards TDs INTs
10.2.2005 W, 16-10 25 34 276 1 0
  Rating: 107.0 25 34 276 1 0

Chad Johnson

Date Rec Yards TDs
10.2.2005 7 67 0
11.9.2003 9 89 0
11.3.2002 3 41 1
  19 197 1

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Date Rec Yards TDs
10.2.2005 8 105 0
12.31.06 3 30 0
  11 135 0
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